November 10, 1933 – March 26, 2019
Gordon Stewart Larkin passed away at the age of 85 in Comox, BC. Gordon was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the second of two children, to Norman and Freda Larkin (nee Oliver). When Gordie was 13, the Larkin family boarded the train headed west for the rugged mountains of British Columbia where they settled in the Kitsilano district of Vancouver. There, he attended Kits High, competed at the provincial level in gymnastics, took piano lessons and tried to keep up with his older sister, Joan.
Gordie met and married Geri (Eyjolfson) in 1954 and the couple took up residence in Vancouver where he worked as a partsman for the BC Equipment Company. In 1962, the company offered Gord a management position and a transfer north to Terrace. Unable to resist the adventure, he decided to make the move. And so, the children (5 at that time) plus household effects and car, were loaded onto a boat (the Northern Prince) and they sailed away to Kitimat. Still wobbly from the sea voyage, they made the bumpy drive over gravel roads from Kitimat to Terrace and finally to the house on Agar where his youngest son, Jeffery, was born a few years later.
Gordie enjoyed many wonderful years in Terrace with his family and later with his life-long partner, Olga (Diehl). The prairie boy in Gord was forever awed by the mountain scenery of northwest BC. He loved the Skeena River, Lakelse Lake and Sleeping Beauty and spent many hours camping, fishing and enjoying all the area had to offer, so much so that he wrote a song about it.
Gord retired and moved to Comox with Olga in the early ’90s to be nearer his daughter Tammy and her family. They loved life on the Island, and spent their time exploring their new surroundings and camping at the many small lakes in their motorhome.
Gordie will be forever missed for the twinkle in his eye, his sense of humour, practical jokes, his lively conversation and guitar/banjo sing- alongs. We all loved to see him tickle the worn black & whites of the old Heintzmann with favourites from the old songbooks of the forties along with his own compositions.
Lovingly remembered by his spouse Olga, his 6 children: Shelley Larkin (Robert Janes), Joanne Houlden (Ross Hett), Tammy Livingston (Larry Loveridge), James Larkin (Sally Perehudoff ), Nancy Larkin (Donald Morgan), Jeff Larkin, 14 grand-children and 25 great-grandchildren. Gordie has been reunited with those who preceded him: his parents, beloved sister Joan and his son-in-law, Bob Livingston. We are quite sure they are all gathered together, talking and singing up a storm.
There will be no service as per Gord’s request.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date.