Obituary of Gordon (Gord) Clare WELLS
January 29, 1927 – Wetaskiwin, Alberta
February 2, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Gordon Wells, beloved husband, father and grandfather (Bumpa) passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the age of 93 years.
Gordon was born in Wetaskiwin, AB and moved to Calgary with his family during his first years but he always considered himself a Calgarian. He grew up in Sunnyside, graduated from Crescent Heights High School and obtained an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Alberta. Gord worked for thirty-eight years in Imperial Oil’s exploration department, mostly in Calgary, but also in Peace River, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto and Bogota, Colombia, before he retired in 1986. Gord met his wife, Helen, while on an assignment in Toronto in 1951 and they were married in 1952, a loving marriage that lasted sixty-five years until Helen’s death in 2017. Gord was an avid sportsman and loved curling and golfing. Gord skipped his various rinks to many curling championships, including at the University of Alberta, Glencoe Club, Alberta Oilmen’s Bonspiels and Ontario Petroleum Bonspiels as well as skipping his rink to a coveted Canadian Curling Association recognized “8 Ender” on January 4, 2000. Gord was a member of the Glencoe Club and the Canyon Meadows Golf Club for many years. Gord and Helen travelled extensively, particularly after Gordon’s retirement. Gord and Helen were avid hikers and hiked the Chilkoot Trail, West Coast Trail, Mount Snowdon, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya as well as extensively in the Rocky Mountains. There was also their epic canoe trip down the Nahanni River, NWT. Gord enjoyed spending time at his cabin on Lake Edith, Jasper with his family and friends and a game of golf at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. He was also a member of the Opimian Society for many years enjoying wine excursions to many wine producing locations in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Chili and Argentina. Gord dearly loved his grandchildren and was a wonderful Bumpa to them.
Gord is survived by his son Peter (Shoya), grandchildren, Olivia and Adam; daughter-in-law, Shirley, and step-grandchildren, Paula (Wayne) and Laura (Ian). Gord was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Helen Wells; sister Helen Wells, brother Jack Wells, wife Helen, and son James.
A Celebration of Gordon’s long and rewarding life will be held at The Glencoe Club (Curling Lounge) (636 29 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0P1) on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Gordon’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
The family would like to extend our sincere thanks to all of the staff at the Providence Care Centre for their kind care and support.
In living memory of Gordon Wells, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis and Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.