Thomas Gordon REED

Thomas Gordon REED (1924-2007) Gordon – devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, faithful brother, caring uncle, loyal friend – a man who loved his family deeply & treasured his friendships with quiet intensity. Throughout his life, he loved to build things including community, faith, family, buildings and relationships. Gordon passed away on May 11 with his wife, a daughter and grandson at his side. Gordon will be missed by his loving wife Barbara, children; Kathi (Doug), Donald (Rachel), Nancy and Maureen (Bruce), grandchildren; Kelsey, Kimberley, Jeffrey, Aaron, Zarina, Louis & Michael, siblings; Donald, Aubrey (Bev) and sister-in-law Billie Williamson, 12 nieces & nephews and many friends. He left us with bookcases, memories, a love of this country and his spirit of giving to others. Gordon was born in Westlock, Alberta, the middle son of Rev. Thomas W. Reed & wife, Beatrice. He lived in many places throughout British Columbia. He graduated from high school in Nanaimo and received a Bachelor of Arts (fi rst class honours) in Political Science and Economics from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts from Cornell University. He married Barb in 1952 and took pride in their children and grandchildren. Gordon was an active member of his church community. He contributed to the lives of those at Dunbar Heights United Church, Vancouver and continued his church activities upon moving to Summerland. Gordon was a “go to” person who always found a way to help others. Gordon was a voracious reader and loved a good debate. He instilled a love of this country – its geography and its institutions – in his family. His love of gardening led him to plant a Centennial fl ower garden with the fl oral emblem from each province which he eventually donated to the “Friends of the Gardens” at the Summerland Research Station. He spent the last year of his life in care and the family wishes to thank Dr. R. Mack and the staff at both Kelly Care and the Dr. Andrew Pavilion for their care and compassion. There will be a service of remembrance to be held on Saturday, May 26th at 3:00 pm at the Summerland United Church, 13204 Henry Ave., Summerland. In lieu of fl owers, donations can be made to the Summerland United Church.