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don gordonIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Louis Gordon on December 20, 2018 from complications related to his stem cell transplant.

 

Don was predeceased by his parents Sam and Ruth Gordon. Don is survived by his wife Gwen, his children Jonah (Ami, Ezra) and Allison (Ruby). He leaves to mourn his brother Zvi (Rhonda, Jason, Jeff) who will sadly miss him and forever love him. He will live on in the hearts of many relatives including his Aunt Malke Shore and first cousins Dr. Tsiporah Shore, Saul Jacobson, Sybil Stokoloff, Dinah Lewis and Bernie Shore and their families. He will be missed by many dear friends from near and far including Elliot, Eva and Ofra who were always close at hand during Don’s time of need.

Don’s cancer was first discovered by Dr. Bradley Somers, whose early diagnosis enabled him to receive quick treatment that resulted in a nine-year remission. In 2018, Don received a stem cell transplant. We are forever grateful to the anonymous donor who gave Don this second chance at life. A special thank you to cousin Dr. Tsiporah Shore, a stem cell/bone marrow transplant specialist in New York who consulted weekly with Don’s oncologist in his treatment. She also spent many hours having heart to heart talks with Don as his cousin and a health-care professional. We would like to thank the staff and medical professionals at Hamilton Cancer Care who cared for Don throughout his entire cancer journey.

Don was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan on October 3, 1951. His early years were spent on the family farm in Edenbridge, a farming community near Brooksby. The family made a second home in Tisdale during the winters and the school year, but summers were always spent on the farm. Don was a man of the earth – he loved the farm and working the land, whether it was in the fields with his dad or helping his mom with gardening and canning. Anyone who knew Don knew this is where his heart was happiest and, if it were possible, he would have lived all his days on the farm.

In 1968, Don travelled to Israel and lived and worked on a kibbutz for one year. It was a life-changing experience and one that led to many speaking engagements on his return home to Tisdale. He stayed and worked alongside his parents in the family business, Gordon’s Department Store.

He met and married Gwen in 1975 and moved to Winnipeg. He worked long hours in the clothing industry for 25 years, mostly at MWG Apparel. Don specialized in factory management and manufacturing logistics. In 2002, Don and Gwen and their family moved to Hamilton where Don worked for a trailer manufacturing company and helped Gwen set up a catering business. After a few years, he joined Gwen full time and together they worked hard to make the business successful. Don worked tirelessly, never allowing someone to do what he felt he could do for himself. This was his work ethic and he worked until he did not have the strength to continue.

Don was very proud of his Jewish heritage. He was a mensch and showed this in many ways, including calling his parents every day until their passing. He loved them and missed them very much.

The Torah asks: “Who is rich?” And answers: “He who is happy with his lot; When you eat from the work of your hands, you will be happy, and it will be well with you in the world to come.”

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