It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon J. Lamirande, aged 70, of Winnipeg announce his passing after a courageous battle with cancer, on Tuesday March 26, 2019.
Gordon will be greatly missed and forever remembered by his daughter Rachelle Houlbrook (Doug); his two grandchildren Saige and Isaiah Houlbrook; and his brothers and sisters Theresa Guillmette; Jimmy Lamirande; Jeannette Normand ; Ross Lamirande (Lyn); Stella Lamirande; Edward Lamirande (Leona); Alida Blais (Eugene); Diane Grouette; Pauline Lafantasie. Gordie will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.
Gordon was predeceased by his parents Zepherine and Yvonne Lamirande; his brother Doug Lamirande, sister Valerie Weaver, sister Josephine Frobisher; Florence Lamirande; brother Maurice Lamirande; brother Paul Lamirande; Leo Lamirande.
Gordon Lamirande was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Yvonne and Zepherine Lamirande. Gordie grew up in a family of 7 brothers and 9 sisters. Being one of the youngest children he was often spoiled by his older siblings.
Gordie was at various job throughout his life. These jobs he took pride in: often you could hear him say that he could work harder than many of the guys half his age. Gordie was a strong man and was often asked to work as Security for numerous events including George Jones.
Family and friends were Gordie’s priority. You could always count on Gordie to pop in for a visit to catch up on what’s new and lend a hand if needed. He would always attend family gatherings. When playing horseshoes he was a ‘wizard’, you were sure to make it to the finals with him as your partner and a deck of cards was never too far away for a quick game Poker.
Gordie loved the outdoors and spent much of his down time with friends on hunting, fishing and snowmobile trips at English Lake and Manituwagin. He enjoyed his very early morning coffee with his best friends Roy (Smitty) and Brian (Shoelace) solving world problems.
Gordie had a great sense of humour and his smile was contagious. You could often see him joking around with his many nieces and nephews using one of his many funny sayings like ‘pick up your lip before you step on it’, ‘back of the bus’, ‘thank you, thank you very much’ (in his Elvis voice), ‘where you from, you sexy thing?’ Even towards the end he never lost his sense of humour and found ways to always make us laugh and put a smile on our faces.
Gordie didn’t just have his immediate family, he had many friends that included him as part of their families as well. One of his extended families were all the members that he had met through ‘AA’. This was a very important part of his life. He was a sponsor and was very proud of it. He was looked up to and has helped change numerous lives throughout the years. Through experiences of his own, Gordie was not one to judge. He left an impression on so many people who still look up to him to this day.
Gordie’s world changed when he reconnected with his daughter Rachel and met his grandchildren Isaiah and Saige. His smile would light up the room when he would talk about them. His heart was now full.
Sincere gratitude to all the doctors and nurses on E5 at St. Boniface Hospital and 4 North at the Victoria General Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gordon’s memory to the Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation.