Saturday, May 22, 2010
The deck that Gord built...
Gord did far more than build a deck. He restored dignity and grace to an old, worn-out, and weary Island cabin - and he did it out of a love for his craft. We never felt we paid him enough for what he did. We felt a connection to Gord and Sharon from the moment we first met them. He was a seasoned educator and administrator and she a gutsy OR nurse, offshore sailors with a spirit that was more than immensely adventurous, skilled craftsfolk, whose warmth, hospitality, and gusto for life was simply contagious. They drew you in...and you were all the richer for it.
Gord died last night...but he touched the world in a very special way. He made it a better place. His teaching style was to model what was important in the way he lived. It takes courage to sail across the vast and lonely oceans as he and Sharon did together. It takes courage to fight the battle against an illness that he did...with a strength, a dignity and an unbending "joie de vivre". Gord taught us all a great deal about life and for that, we will forever be in his debt.
Sail on Gord. Thank you for the deck that you built and the special place that you created...and for every other way your touch transformed, and made so very special, our lives.
Duncan and Joan.