Gordon Edward Levins, aged 88, passed away in Penticton Hospital on August 31, 2015. He had been fighting the good fight against colon cancer but unfortunately, the cancer finally won. Born November 10, 1926 Gordon lived a full and happy life.
Gordon lived in a variety of places over his life including Quesnel, Kelowna, Calgary, Ladysmith, Mount Lolo army radar base, Kamloops, Vernon, Chase, Vernon and finally Summerland. Gordon also had several careers throughout his life. Some of which were driving cement truck, construction, raising chickens, working in a potato chip plant, working for BC Ferries and finally working as a commissionaire and cook for the Canadian Armed Forces. Gordon also served his country after WWII in Germany where he met and married his first wife, Aleda Stoffers.
Gordon met his second wife, Catherine Mary Blackwood nee Corner and they lived happily together for over 40 years. After they both retired when Mount Lolo closed down, they spent their time travelling and visiting friends and family. They did the big trek one year across Canada and travelled to several ‘corner cousin’ reunions. Gordon also loved his garden and grew and preserved various things. They loved camping and fishing but Gordon’s favorite pastime was hunting with the boys up at Pink Mountain.
Gordon was always happiest when he was around family and whether you knew him as Poppa, uncle, brother, or just Gordon, he was loved by all.After Cathy’s passing, Gordon spent his last years with his good friend Jean Richards. Jean and her family made Gordon’s last days comfortable and cheerful.
Gordon is survived by his two sisters Dolly (Vern) and Kay (Glen), his stepsons Dan (Pat) and Bill (Barbara), his stepdaughter-in-law Kathy, many grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A big thank you to all the medical professionals that helped Gordon through the last two years. A private family celebration of life will be held at a future date. Donations can be made in Gordon’s name to the BC Cancer Society.
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