Gordon Gorrill

Obituary of Gordon Gorrill

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Gord Gorrill. Gord grew up on a Saskatchewan farm and indulged his love for the land in a large garden on his beloved acreage west of Calgary. After graduating in 1959 from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering, Great Distinction, he joined Shell Canada Limited, working in Calgary, Edmonton, and Holland. He ended his career as Manager in the Oil Sands Division and retired in April 1990. In retirement, Gord continued to enjoy curling and golfing, but his great passion remained gardening both at home and at his cottage at Lake Windermere. He loved animals and always had cats or a dog as well as horses. He worked part time in a wine-making store and occasionally served as a Board Member for the North Springbank Water Co-op. Gord is survived by Eileen, his wife of 45 years, his daughter Pam and son-in-law Sean Carrigan. He was the proud grandfather of Joshua, Alyssa, Nathanael and Isabelle. Gord is also survived by his brothers Vernon (Gladys), Abbie (Eva) and Jim (Carol) and sisters Irene (Jake), Bernice (Lloyd), Faye (Donnie), Patti (Barry) and his mother Mabel. He was predeceased by his father, Russell in September 1974 and his son Chris in April 1983. A Celebration of Gord’s Life will be held at Rock Pointe Church (12 Bowridge Drive N.W.) on Wednesday May 28, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222. The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Sarcee Hospice and to all those who supported them in many wonderful ways during Gord’s illness. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Gord Gorrill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.
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