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Gordon Layhew

Gordon Victor Layhew

Sunday, April 27th, 1941 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Broken hearted, I must tell that Gord passed away at home in Burlington in his 79th year. By his side, Jette Helm his partner of 35 years. A kind and generous heart has been stilled. He was predeceased by both his parents and his younger brother Greg. Gord will be sadly missed by his two nieces, Jenny Layhew and Stephanie (Tim) Allardyce both of Ottawa. Also left behind are Ole Toft Sorensen and his son Cody and daughter Catherine: and Hugo (Megan) Toft Sorensen and their three sons Christian, Kai and Will of Gord’s extended family. Each of these five young adults will have their own unique memories. Loyalty was important and Gord’s friendship with Fred (June) Wachta and Arthur (Diane) Lock endured time and distance. Gord was born in Montreal and transferred to Hamilton with Sun Life. Shortly thereafter he joined Kinross Mortgage which culminated in a lengthy career with CIBC Mortgage. Throughout his life, Gord approached everything with a positive attitude. He was an accomplished sailor; a private pilot and his great passion for skiing led him to enjoy 50 years of part-time ski teaching at Blue Mountain, Collingwood. Each season he looked forward to the comradery of his fellow instructors and the challenge of enhancing guest visits. In 2008, Gord was inducted into the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance Hall of Fame in recognition of his extensive volunteer work with visibly disable skiers. He was very proud of his gold ring, as were those who loved him very proud of him. He enjoyed the adventure of travel and experienced the diversity of many destinations. Though his body was ravaged by the cruelty of cancer, Gord will leave this world in a tuxedo as my forever shining knight. According to Gord's wishes cremation has taken place, and no formal services will be held.
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Steve & Dave

Posted at 12:08pm
Steven Bailey & David Fotheringham
We have several fond memories of times spent with our dear friends, Gord and Jette. Gord will be forever remembered as the funny, kind, generous man that he was.
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Susan Reynolds

Posted at 10:07am
Jette, So sorry to hear of your great loss during this already difficult time. I was lucky to have Gord show me around the mortgage centre many moons ago. He was such a people person so full of life and seemed to love his work and his many friends. Sending you hugs....Susan Reynolds
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Dale L Bilton

Posted at 09:08am
Dale L Bilton
Sorry to hear of Gord's passing. Just wanted to add my comments on Gord's support in the CIBC days. In particular I remember the humour Gord added to mortgage courses. He was one of a kind and glad to have been a big supporter of his.
PW

peter whyte

Posted at 09:49pm
My condolences to Yete and family . Gord was a neighbor of mine for over 25 years.We had much in common in that we are both from Montreal.I spent many wonderful days sailing with Gord on Lake Ontario ,or swimming in my pool.He was a kind, thoughtful gentleman.Rest in peace Gordio. Peter Whyte
 
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Jean Bennitt Posted at 07:12pm

Jette, I am so saddened to hear of Gord's passing. He was such a kind soul and will be missed by so many people. He and my late husband Chandler, shared the van driving of CIBC employees, for years. I would have been sending him greetings for a happy birthday later this month. my deepest sympathy for your loss. Jean Bennitt in Burlington
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