Gordon Hayward Goss passed away on Sept. 4, 2019, at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice.
Gordon was predeceased by his wife Gladys, brothers Walter, Bert and sister Eileen. In the past year, he lost special friends Cyrille, Ian, Jacques and brother-in-law Ralph.
Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Reidun and Petrina; his son Peter and wife Lori; his grandchildren Cody, Tyler (Dailyn), Patrick (Nicole), Warren and Meghan and his great-grandchildren Karissa and Kylie. He will also be remembered as a very special uncle by his nieces Bev (Fred), Kathleen (Moke) and Cheryl (Bob) and his nephews Guy, Llew, Bruce, Lance, Bert and their families. Also remembered by his special friends Gemma Vidal and John Edwards.
Gordon was born Aug. 21, 1921, at Walhachin, B.C. to his parents Sam and Ellen Goss. He lived in Walhachin until he was seven when his family moved their home to Kamloops. It still stands on the corner at 794 Columbia Street.
He married Gladys Gustafson on July 6, 1957. They built their home in Valleyview and raised their family there. Gordon lived in that home up until the last days of his life.
As a young boy, he delivered papers around town. Telling stories of meeting the trains, going to the Old Mans Home and delivering to various businesses on his route. He built kayaks and raced with his friends on the Thompson River.
He was a proud member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. During WW2, Gordon was stationed overseas in England as an aircraft mechanic (R.C.A.F. 427 squadron).
After the war, he returned home and went into business with his brothers Walter and Bert. Goss Trucking built roads into Minto, Braelorn and the Goldbridge area. As the brothers went in their own direction he worked for McGillvary Tractor on the North shore. His love of machinery led him to start his own business, Acme Equipment Ltd in 1958. He had the Massey Fergusson dealership. Gordon, worked as a farm machinery mechanic for many years, often taking his children along on service calls. He took pride in his work and valued the many wonderful people he met and the friendships he made in the farm and ranch community.
During the latter part of his years, Gordon returned to his love of flying through building model airplanes. He was a founding member of the Kamloops Model Airplane Society.
He spent many enjoyable hours building and flying model airplanes and introduced his son and grandsons to the hobby. During his involvement, he developed many wonderful friendships which endured for the rest of his life.
His family was the love of his life. Everything he did was for us. We have many wonderful memories of family road trips that were always an adventure. Memories of building a cabin on the Shuswap, times spent with his grandchildren teaching them to ride bikes, taking pride in their accomplishments or just simply listening to them.
As our Father, he was always our rock. He was a kind, caring and gentle soul. He lived his life quietly with dignity, courage and compassion, never seeking or wanting attention. He was a proud man who valued family, friends and the value of his word. It is said the measure of a man is in the love given. Our Father was beyond measure. He was and is simply irreplaceable.
We will try to live our lives following the example he set for us. We will love you forever and for always. You are free to soar with the birds, keep your wings level.
We would like to thank Interior Health homecare givers and wound care nurses. We also wish to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice for their exceptional, kind and compassionate end of life care in Dad's final days.
As Dad requested there will be no service. If you wish donations may be made to hospice or to a charity of your choice.