December 2, 1956 – September 10, 2016
It is with profound sadness that Gord’s family announces his sudden death on September 10. He is survived by his loving wife and partner, Brenda, his treasured son, Stuart (Bobbi Jo) and cherished grandchildren, Victoria and Cypress. He will be forever remembered by his mother, Joyce Vaughan and brother, Bob (Linda), niece Christie and nephew Stephen and extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Also on Brenda’s side by the sizable Walz family. He was predeceased by his father, Douglas Vaughan. He is also mourned by countless other friends and co-workers. Born in North Vancouver, he attended school in Nanaimo. He was a natural athlete, winning many awards in track and field, baseball and hockey. A summer job in a logging camp led to a lifetime career in the logging industry. His initial employment with C.H. McLean and Sons fostered the development of a wide range of skills operating large machinery in all the various components of logging. He began working in a supervisory capacity in 1990, working in camps up and down the B.C. coast. He also worked as an independent contractor, where he was well-respected, helping to develop safety procedures for WCB. He was self-taught and versatile when crossing over to the computer and drone technology. He developed innovative new log tracking and auditing systems for logging as well as designing equipment solutions for the oil sands industry. Gord was featured as a grizzled West Coast woods foreman in a reality show called “Ax Men”, where he took on the added challenge of keeping the film crew safe while he did his job. When his son Stuart was born, he secured work locally so he could participate in his son’s early activities and development. He coached hockey and served for a time as president of the Minor Hockey Association. He enjoyed camping, fishing, golf, skiing and put up with hauling hay and fixing fences for the horses. He signed up to get his pilot’s licence when Brenda signed up to get hers. For obvious reasons. The arrival of grandchildren brought a new aspect of joy and delight to his life. The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff and contractors at Lemare Lake Logging Ltd., the medical personnel at the Port Hardy and Campbell River hospitals and the ambulance crew. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you make a donation to the Child Development Centre in Nanaimo, 1135 Nelson Street, Nanaimo, BC or donate blood/sign your organ donor card. You are invited to join in a celebration of Gord’s life at The Bradley Centre , 975 Shearme Road, Coombs, B.C. on Saturday October 15, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring along your stories.