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DR. GORDON LEONARD FUNK

December 12, 1943 – August 8, 2020

DR. GORDON LEONARD FUNK

December 12, 1943 – August 8, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and sadness we announce the accidental passing of our beloved Gordon Funk on August 8, 2020 at our family cottage on Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods, Ontario.

 

Gord will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 51 years, Sandy; daughters Jennifer Paré (Kevin) (grandson Dylan) and Tricia Rempel (Nathan) (granddaughters Ella and Ava); son Gord Funk Jr. (Andrea); brother Bob Funk (Tanyss); and his loyal dog and man’s best friend Tucker. He was predeceased by their baby, called to the angels before his time began; parents Gordon (Tammy) and Mary Funk; and his father and mother-in-law Fred and Glenna Nuttall.

 

Gord was born on December 12, 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in East Kildonan.  He attended Lord Wolseley School and Miles MacDonell Collegiate.  Gord was a hardworking man with a strong work ethic which awarded him a degree in dentistry.  In 1969 he opened his office in Elmwood where he became a well liked and respected dentist with a very successful practice of 32 years. 

 

Also, in 1969, he married Sandy, the love of his life. His admiration and love of her, one can only dream of having in their life.  He cared for her implicitly until the day he died. 

 

Gord’s three grandchildren, Dylan, Ella and Ava, who were with him by his side the day he died, were his pride and joy.  He made sure in his own way, to let each one of them know that they were the apple of his eye.

 

Friends and family were most important to Gord throughout his life.  His most cherished possession was his cottage where the family was certain to gather, and friends would come for visits and parties. 

 

There are many fond memories of fishing whether in Florida, with family in Shoal Lake or finding the “humps” on Clear Water Bay with friends.  He also loved hunting, gardening, doing work projects, visiting on the dock, taking in the sunsets, watching the kids and the dogs play, having a great conversation, watching sports, his cars, boats and sailing.

 

Gord's desire to be near the water always resulted in his residences being located on a waterfront.

 

Friendships always remained important to Gord. His lifelong friendships with his childhood friends of 70 years, his Florida friends, lake friends as well as any friendships made during the many seasons of his life were always cherished by him.

 

The many family dogs and cats, whether his own or his children’s, were equally loved. Gord also had a very special bond with whom he called his “long nosed boys”.  With only two hands we were amazed with his ability to treat each one the same.  If grandpa called, the long-nosed boys always knew there would be a cookie or a truck ride waiting for them.

 

During the many years of his career, Gord and Sandy had the retirement dream of spending winters in Florida.  In 2000, this dream came true.  Gord’s bucket list (for retirement) was simple; he wanted to spend time with family, drink coffee, read, learn to golf, spend more days fishing, and ride a Harley.  He managed to check all of his boxes.  Retirement in Florida also blessed him with friendships very dear to him.

 

All who knew Gord, knew he had a big heart.  He was a beautiful man who touched many lives.  He was hard working, kind and funny with a dry sense of humour.  He always made time for a chat with anyone who wanted to talk.  He most loved to talk about the good old days, politics, and his children and grandchildren.  Gord was an incredible listener, as well. 

 

Gord (Dad, Grandpa), you will be missed. You were taken from us much too soon. There was so much left to say, so much you wanted to do, and so much we wanted to do with you.  God is so lucky to have you now as one of his angels and we know you will be one of his very best.  We will keep you in our hearts always, until we meet again.

 

In keeping with Gord's wishes, cremation has taken place and his family is organizing a celebration of his life with two sessions. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the event will be limited to family and close friends. For those wishing to attend the Celebration of Life Event, please RSVP attendance by emailing: oddymb@gmail.com

 

In the mean time, Gord’s family kindly requests that all of his many friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography video above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories, of Gord,

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either CancerCare Manitoba or The Dream Factory Manitoba, charities which were both near and dear to Gord’s heart.

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebration Planning

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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