In loving memory of Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gordon Roy Legarie, who passed away on Jan. 9, 2010 at the age of 57 in Edmonton, Alta.
He was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on Sept. 10, 1952 to Roy and Jean Legarie.
As a boy growing up, he spent five years at Calm Lake, Ont., where his father was a powerhouse operator.
He moved back to Fort Frances and attended St. Mary’s School and Church, where he was an altar boy. After school, he delivered the Fort Frances Times.
He also spent some summers on his Grandma and Grandpa Schram’s farm, where he helped them hay.
When he entered high school, Gordon worked at Safeway to earn enough money to buy his first motorcycle.
As a young boy, Gordon joined the Boy Scouts and then on to the Sea Cadets. At the age of 18 (March 23, 1973), he joined the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and was sent to Calgary.
From there, he did overseas tours, peacekeeping in foreign countries like Egypt, etc., ending in Cyprus. He then started to test new parachutes in Edmonton until he retired after 28 years of service, 13 of them being with the Airborne group, which he always stayed in contact with.
It was while he was stationed in Calgary that he met the love of his life, Jamie Hall, and was married for 32 years. They were blessed with three children, Cindy (Ryan) Moore, Michelle, and Gordon Jr.
Gordon loved his wife and children very much, and tried to be with them as much as possible. He encouraged them all to be in sports, went to their soccer games, and coached hockey.
Gordon developed cancer in 2007 and his prognosis was not good. Knowing how many people offered to donate their stem cells and bone marrow, he never gave up even after the long treatments of chemo and drugs. His brothers, Wayne and Tim, were a perfect match.
The doctors could not believe how hard he tried to fight his battle with cancer, but it was not to be.
Gordon never lost his sense of humour and dignity. His wife, Jamie, and children gave him encouragement and support while he stayed at home. Except for some treatments, he was home until the last day.
Gordon is survived by his parents, Roy and Jean Legarie; one sister, Arlye (Bob) Taylor; two brothers, Wayne and Tim (Cheryl); and several brother- and sister-in-laws who were treasured.
He was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Mary Hall.
Gordon and Jamie were building their dream home in Grand Forks, B.C. when his cancer struck. His brothers-in-law, Jimmy, Bobbie, and Brent Hall helped them when they could. Gordon said it was wonderful to have such good in-laws and felt he owned they so much.
Gordon received encouragement, prayers, and cards from aunts, uncles, and cousins. I am sure Gordon felt blessed. He was a good husband, father, son, and friend to all.
Gordon was patiently waiting for his first grandchild due Feb. 15, 2010.
Cremation took place at Sherwood Park Place Funeral Home, with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Buist officiating. A reception followed.
A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Fort Frances. The Fort Frances Legion Br. #29 will give their Colour Party tribute.
A luncheon and fellowship will follow the service upstairs at the Legion Hall.
Interment will be at a later date in the family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Flowers are gratefully declined.
If anyone wishes, in memoriam donations may be made to the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, Alta., T6G 1Z2, the cancer fund at the Thunder Bay Health Sciences Foundation, 980 Oliver Rd., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7B 6V4, or St. Mary’s Church, 206 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont.