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Gordon Henry, Boles Donaldson

August 1, 1939

September 6, 2023

Gordon Henry Bowles Donaldson, born on August 1, 1934, peacefully passed away on September 6, 2023, with his beloved daughter at his side at the Cottonwood Care Centre in Kelowna, British Columbia. He was the first child born to Jack and Mabel Donaldson in Edmonton, Alberta, and was raised on a farm in Green Court. Gordon attended school in both Green Court and Mayerthorpe, Alberta, where he actively participated in sports and music festivals. As the oldest child, he learned the value of hard work while helping out on the farm and also enjoyed playing with the neighborhood kids. After completing his education, Gordon worked in construction and then joined the Navy, which took him on exciting adventures around the world, particularly in South America. Following his service, he worked with heavy equipment on various projects in the interior and northern parts of British Columbia, notably contributing to the Mica Dam and Tumbler Ridge Dam.

Upon retirement, Gordon and his partner, Bertha Greenwood, settled in Kelowna, where they developed a deep love for the area and the abundance of fresh fruit. They made many friends over the years and enjoyed spending time at the lakes in the Okanagan region. Gordon’s passion for hockey led him to purchase season tickets to support the local team, the Kelowna Rockets. In later years, when attending games became challenging, he still found joy in listening to the matches on the radio. Additionally, Gordon had a keen interest in history, hockey, reading, and researching his family’s genealogy. He possessed a vast knowledge of past and present events, particularly those related to wars. In his final years, Gordon resided at the Cottonwood Care Centre, where he actively engaged in various activities and outings, such as attending hockey games and city drives, both in winter and summer. He was an encouraging presence for other residents to participate in these events.

The family expresses deep gratitude to the dedicated staff at the Cottonwood Care Centre, as well as the Recreation Programs and Carolyn, for their exceptional care and support provided to Gordon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mabel Donaldson, his partner, Bertha Greenwood, his daughter, Janelle, and his brother, Calvin. Gordon is survived by his children Rodney (Karen) Donaldson and Sheila (Terry) Barrett, his cherished grandchildren Shelbie and Tanner Barrett, his sister Laurel (Lisa and Garth), his brother Donald (Joe, Michael, Kevin, and Kelsey), and numerous great nieces and nephews. Honouring Gordon’s wishes, he will be laid to rest beside his parents and family in the Mayerthorpe Cemetery. A service commemorating his life will be held in the Spring or early Summer of 2024.

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