Gordon William Clent
March 23, 1933 -October 8, 2002
After a short illness Gord passed away quietly at Mills Memorial Hospital with family and friends at his side. He was the much loved friend and husband to Betty, friend and father to Maureen, and Grampa “Fix-It” to Kylar and Keanan.
Gord will be missed and his memory treasured by Betty, his wife of 42 years, daughter Maureen and grandsons Kylar and Keanan. He will also be remembered fondly by sister Kaye (Jack) Isherwood, new found sister Kaye (Hugh) Lambe, many nieces, nephews and their families, Betty’s family and our Terrace family. He was predeceased by his parents and brother Jim.
Gord graduated from Maple Ridge High School where he took part in all sports, excelling in badminton, lacrosse and baseball. In 1952 he went to work at the Mica Creek dam site on the Columbia River where he worked for a number of years. He was a dedicated employee of Water Survey of Canada for 32 years and metered most of the rivers in B.C. He was based in Prince George in the early 60’s and moved to Terrace in 1967. He enjoyed outdoor work and particularly enjoyed the helicopter trips to remote locations with a variety of pilots who all became friends. In the 1970’s Gord drilled water wells locally in his spare time. He was a long time member of Terrace Badminton Club traveling to tournaments throughout the Northwest and winning his share of trophies and prizes. He also participated in the B.C. Summer Games and Senior’s Games for a number of years in badminton, slow pitch and curling.
A quiet man, Gord liked his home and gardens. Since retiring from Water Survey in 1988 he developed his 10 acre property, built two homes, landscaped, built two cedar strip canoes and finally retired to spend time at the golf course and curling rink where he enjoyed the company of many new friends. He was always ready to lend a hand, to help in various projects whenever an extra hand was needed. He was a good man, gone too soon.
At Gord’s request there was no service. Friends and relatives gathered Saturday, October 12, 2002 at the family home to reminisce and view pictures of his life and many achievements.
In lieu of flowers donations to the R.E.M. Lee Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society, c/o Wightman & Smith would be greatly appreciated.