Forbes, William “Gord” Gordon

November 23, 1948 -
June 3, 2021

On Thursday June 3, Gord Forbes passed away in his happy place “at the cabin” in Columere Park (Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C).  He was doing things he loved – working on the boat getting it ready for summer while listening to tunes, doing yard work, etc. If he could have chosen his place to depart, he would not have chosen any other place!!  

Gord was the first one to help fix something, rescue someone from the lake, or give the ever-helpful pointers.  If you knew him for 5 minutes you knew his love for Columbia Lake, whether it was getting out for a ski, heading to the golf course, or lacing up the skates for an all-day game of shinny. This place was where his soul flourished. Family and friends popped up like spring lilies.

For Dianne, his partner and best friend for many years, the hardest part will be learning to live without him and his love.     He was the dedicated businessman, the self-taught jack of all trades working on various projects both at home or the cabin. However, Gord’s priority was his family. He was always so supportive, expressed how proud he was of Dianne and constantly demonstrated his love.  Gord always enjoyed time at home, time at the cabin and entertaining friends together. He constantly asked, “is there anything I can do for you, is there anything I can get you?”  Always wanting to spoil Dianne and his yorkie girls.  One of Gord’s favorite sayings at home was “good thing your cute”. During brief times apart Gord was thoughtful and caring always checking in on his 3 girls (Dianne, Peanut, Precious). Gord was loved so much and will be forever missed.  They say memories last a lifetime and Gord left so many to cherish.

For Gord’s daughters Stephanie and Lindsay, and for many of you, Dad was a fundamental part of growing up at the lake no matter your age.  As kids he was always encouraging us for more, he wanted the world for both of us. His love of life and all its flavours were a steady force for us, you must try all foods at least once!  Don’t miss an opportunity to spend time with friends. Work hard in school and at your career. His pride was deep, his love was evergreen and his smile legendary. His presence is both missing in a vast way we have yet to fully understand, yet, he is here – all around, a living legacy in us and all of you.

For Gord’s many business colleagues who have paid tribute on Osborne Interim Management Linkedin, they described him as: friendly, kind soul, caring man, mentor and willing to help anyone, a true gentleman, someone you deeply respected etc.  

Gord had a saying “Love them on the way in and love them on the way out.”  Gord you were always loved, and you will forever be in so many hearts.

Gord is survived by his partner Dianne, his daughters Stephanie (Ryan) and Lindsay (Kevin), three sisters: Liz (Gerry), Ellen, Eileen (Fred) and two cherished grandsons: Corbyn and Jamie.  

Celebration of life arrangements are being finalized and will be announced at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please donate in Gord Forbes name to Columbia Valley Community foundation, 

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Services.
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