Sen. Gord “Chips” Calder, 84 years young, of Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 with his family by his side.
Born in 1933, Gord was a passionate man who enjoyed life to the fullest, especially when it came to hockey, family, and learning more of his Métis heritage—not necessarily in that order!
Gord was also one of the founders of the Sunset Country Métis, which started in Fort Frances back in 1994. He also was very active in darts and, of course, horseshoes! He always was trying to get everyone involved in a quick game of horseshoes!
In 1952, Gord was ecstatic when his team, the Fort Frances Canadians, won the Allan Cup in hockey, for which they were inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Everyone loved Gord, especially the ladies at the Métis office here in town! They so looked forward to seeing his smiling face every day and the occasional homemade baking made by his wife, Charlotte.
He also was recognized by former Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Ken Boshkoff for working diligently and unconditionally behind the scenes.
Gord also was the 2012 recipient of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award, in which he was so proud to receive and had no idea he even was nominated!
Gordon is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlotte. Also left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Leanne, Carla, Roz, Pam, and Charlene, and sons, Kelly, John, and Valley.
He also has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud of and loved.
He will be greatly missed by everyone! His legacy of love and family will live on through his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gord was predeceased by his parents; son, Vincent; infant son, Kevin James; and siblings, Violet Cameron, Jane McLeod, Melvina Doupe, Mildred Coulombe, Marie Williams, George Calder, Gary Calder, Phyllis Shine, and Florence Hill.
A celebration of life will be held Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances. Pastor Diane Clifford will officiate, with a small ceremony at 2 p.m.
The honourary pallbearers will be his children and grandchildren.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Riverside Foundation for Health Care c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
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