McGowan, William Gordon

McGowan: Gord, June 19, 1947 – November 19, 2018. Gord and Diane were owner operators of G & D Roofing from 1979 until 1990. During this time, they also became owners of the Video Garage and operated it from 1984 to 2001. It started as a game arcade with movie rentals, convenience store and takeout pizza, along with a bus depot. In 1990, they converted it to a restaurant and convenience store, retaining the bus depot. Gord ran Southwest Bus line starting in 1984. In 1986, along with Jean Morrison and Larry Mills, Gord and Diane were instrumental in starting Hartney Hopper Days, complete with fireworks display. God was involved in the fireworks from then until the 2018 fireworks, helping others obtain their fireworks certificates. God served as councilor for the Town of Hartney for two terms, 1989 to 1992 and again, 1995 to 1998. He also served as landfill manager for the Town of Hartney and the R.M. of Cameron from 2001 to 2010. In 1997, Gord coordinated the start up of the C.O.P.P. program, in conjunction with the RMCP. During the filming of the movie, “The Lookout”, Gord worked security. Among other community services, Gord was a handi transit driver from 1986 to 2005 and an ambulance driver from 1986 to 2001 and a member of the Hartney Fire Department from 1984 unit his passing. The last several years, he has done the weekly pager test. “Hartney Fire Department, Pager Test” came over the firemen’s pagers every Thursday at 7:00. Gord was always a community minded citizen and always helped where he could. In Gord’s memory, we would like to see the 2019 Hopper Days Fireworks as a special tribute to him. Donations to the 2019 Gord McGowan Memorial Fireworks will be accepted at the municipal office and a tax deductible receipt will be issued.

7 thoughts on “McGowan, William Gordon”

  1. Diane, we are sorry to hear about Gord. Trusting you will lean on those near to you at this time, and cherish the memories you have made together. Our sympathy to you.

  2. I am so very sad to hear of Gord’s passing. I am grateful to have had a visit with him and you (Diane) after being away for so many years. I started a Facebook group, years ago called the VG’s gang. I am happy that Gord and I became Facebook friends and he was part of the VG’s group as well. So he got to see the positive impact you (Diane) and he had on our lives and our childhood. Gord will be missed and remembered by all of us ‘kids’ that considered you both to be family. ❤️ I pray you have close people to lean on in this heartbreaking time. Please reach out to any of us when you need to. ❤️

  3. So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. You and Gord were so good to our kids at V.G’s. A lot of great memories. Our thoughts are with you Diane.

  4. Dear Diane,
    We were sadden to hear of Gord’s passing and would like to express our sincere sympathy. Gord was a real asset to the community with his many ideas and his involvement in so many ways. Not to mention the famous “Loonie Burger” that people couldn’t get enough of! I have many great memories of Gord and hope that your memories will help you to get through this difficult time.
    Penny & Bob Schoonbaert

  5. Diane,
    We just learned of Gord’s passing and wanted to send our deepest condolences!
    Gord and Rosalie
    Fiona Allison Alanna

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