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Gord Richardson

Image by Nick Andréka


September 27, 1945 - June 20, 2024

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Gord after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He died peacefully at Action Marguerite in St Boniface.

He is survived by his daughter Kelly (Mark, Brayden and Ella) and partner Elaine (Jessica, Samantha and Cale). Throughout his life Gord was known for his laughter and irreverent sense of humour, his strong opinions, and his flirtatious ways with those of the female persuasion.

Gord grew up in River Heights as an only child. He would often say his outgoing personality was a result of having no siblings, forcing him to make many friends along the way.

His love of hockey both as a player and a spectator was a huge part of his life. He played from a young age all the way to adulthood and even for a short time while “teaching” school in Australia. It was while living in Australia that Gord’s mother, Alice, became gravely ill so Gord came home to Winnipeg to help his father Jeff.

Gord met and married a young nurse who helped care for his mom. Thus began his married life with Bev. They were blessed with one daughter, Kelly.

The bulk of Gord’s career was spent with Travel Manitoba. He travelled extensively promoting tourism and loved to say “We worked really hard but played hard too”. As Marketing Officer he attended state fairs, mall promotions, and sport shows all over the US and Canada. He was accompanied on many trips by Karen and Gary Goosen, Dennis Maksymetz, Wayne Cummins, Brian Sigurdson, Don Riediger, and many others. Oh the stories they can tell! They became Gord’s honourary family.

Being away from home so much can take a toll on family life and Gord and Bev divorced. Life goes on though, and so did Gord. He worked for 30 years with Travel Manitoba before retiring in 2005. All who knew Gord knew he did not like the cold so his next adventure was becoming a snowbird in Florida. He spent many happy winters in his second home in Zephyrhills, roasting in the sunshine. He had many friends in Florida, old and new, and charmed many with outrageous sense of humour, his generosity, and ability to make them laugh.

When back in Winnipeg Gord cherished the days spent teasing his grandchildren Brayden and Ella. Even during his fight with Alzheimers he always looked forward to their next sleepover and movie. They were the apple of his eye.

Gord and Elaine met in 2012 and began a 12 year relationship. The laughter, the fun, the love, and the tears saw them endure until Gord’s death.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Gord’s  family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Bill and Dawna Clow

July 1, 2024 at 5:32 PM

Gord was a fun and entertaining guy. We shared some good times in our neighbourhood.

our sympathy to Elaine and Gord's family.

Bill and Dawna Clow


Tom Johnston

June 30, 2024 at 5:00 PM

When Inwas moving into my new home in Florida, I was told everything was done, however the painter might be around tondo some touch ups. Saving was getting things put away, I got a knock on the door. Opening it, I saw a tall, white haired man, well tanned,, no shirt, and cut off jean shorts, I said you must be the painter. Gord, rather indignately, no I'm your neighbor. After introductions, Gord said he was going back home, just three doors down, and he'd be back. About twenty minutes later he was back with a large plastic bag. He had made two sandwiches, added a couple bottles of beer, two bath towels, a bar of soap, and a roll of T.P. All things I already had, except the beer. I thanked him profusely, not knowing that we would become really good friends. We had many fun shopping trips as Gord didn't have a car. Lots of crazy stories, I'm sure he also had with many of his friends and coworkers. Yes I miss him a lot.


Brendan Carruthers

June 29, 2024 at 6:59 PM

Fondly remembering many laughs shared with Gord during my years with Travel Manitoba. RIP. Brendan

Judy Josephson

June 29, 2024 at 3:54 PM

Elaine - I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I have many memories of Gord during the Travel Manitoba days. He had so much energy, always joking and laughing. He was the greatest scout for bargins and shared his treasures with us. He was a special man - my thoughts are with you.

Chris Milton and family

June 29, 2024 at 3:36 PM

The day we moved in two doors down, Gord showed up with a plate of egg salad sandwiches.

"Come on Pookie, let's go meet the new neighbours!!"

and we were off! Gord was welcome at our home anytime and we felt the same at his home..

I remember one Christmas he arrived with gifts for everyone - must have been 20 of us!

Kind, generous, full of life and truly Unforgettable

Our Deepest condolences, Kelly


Maureen Milroy

June 29, 2024 at 1:24 PM

Great memories of road trips with the Travel Manitoba team....Gord's laughter could be heard everywhere and his crazy antics and sense of humour kept us all motivated ....he will be greatly missed but remembered so fondly!


JR, Jamie, Mikey and Hannah Nutter

June 29, 2024 at 12:33 PM

Elaine and Family

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gordo, our Florida trips were never a dull moment with you both in them. We will cherish all the wonderful memories we have. Gordo was the most generous, thoughtful and funny person, my kids will always remember Uncle Gordo and their time spent together swimming, playing tennis, watching hockey or just hanging out together along with the bears. Our thoughts are with you all.

Cindy Vacek

June 28, 2024 at 11:46 PM

To Uncle Gordie - oh how I will miss your smile, your laugh, and your presence in were a light to the world! From seeing you every year at the Omaha Boat Show, to predicting Oscar winners or perusing the SI swimsuit catalog together (😂) you were just the absolute were the family we CHOOSE in this life! I love you dearly and will think of you often. Rest easy and keep on shining down on us all from above!


My deepest condolences to Elaine, Kelly and the rest of the fam. Thinking of you all during this difficult time and sending lots of love.

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