General News · 8th October 2009
Kath Cullen & Garth Walton
Gordon Blake Walton went “... gently into that good night“ on October 2, 2009..... at home with his brother Garth by his side after enduring the insults of prostate cancer for 4 years.
Gord was born on March 9, 1946 in Montreal to Jean and Ted Walton. After completing high school he moved back and forth across the country, finally settling on Cortes Island where he spent most of the last 20 years. He lived a serendipitous life filled with friends, music, photography, stained glass and agates, and, of course, cats. Gord looked at life with the kind whimsical humour of someone who holds a precious object in his living fingers, rotating it to see all angles and asking it to inform his being with it's very own unique story.
Left to mourn is his brother, Garth Walton (Kathy Cullen) and nephews Jesse and Michael Walton and special friend, Pam Stewart. Other very dear friends include Eric Donolo, Irene Blueth, Alex Nichol and Dominique Gosling, plus many other friends too numerous to name.
Thank you to Dr. Daniels for your kind care and sense of humour that lightened the burden of Gord’s terminal illness. Thanks also to the home nurses of Campbell River for your support, caring, expertise, and equipment that made living at home possible and comfortable for Gord and for being most necessary sounding boards for us, the caregivers.
And thank you to all the women and men at Campbell River Home Support for doing some of the work that we least liked to do; doing it patiently and gently. And for taking the time to get to know Gord during your visits. It meant a lot to all of us- most especially to Gord. And thanks to the friends who kept us in their thoughts with cards, visits, phone calls and e-mails. Your efforts were precious gifts.
Keeping with Gord’s procrastinating style, a celebration of Gord’s life will be held sometime in the future... probably in the spring of 2010.
Comment by David Eaves on 16th October 2009
It's been a few years since I saw Gord, but nonetheless I extend sincere condolences to your family and friends. Gord, your spirituality serves you well.
Always loved your humour
Comment by George Sirk on 14th October 2009
You were so astute with your humour.
good on ya!
Comment by Bernice McGowan on 14th October 2009
Goodbye to a unique and gentle man. Caring thoughts to you, his caregivers and loved ones.
Comment by Elaine and Brian on 12th October 2009
That was beautiful, well written tribute you did for Gord. He is someone that lived his life exactly as he wanted, often due to the generosity of those around him. He was a lucky man!
and now the peace
Comment by Mary Anderson on 12th October 2009
Bye Gord and thanks for being you; your absurd funny unique way of looking through the looking glass.
To ye who showed me stained glass many years ago on Broughton Street I thank you as I have continued doing it around the world - so thanks again.
Garth and Kath et al,
rest easy now and smile with contentment that all is as it should be
Prrrrrr .... meooow
Comment by Jill Stewart on 11th October 2009
Gord was unique in so many ways. In no particular order; his amazing creativity in stained glass and photography (I believe his work will be globally appreciated and sought after - I can just see his photography at a NY or Paris gallery with people going "who was that guy?"); his unique eye on the world around him; the ability to focus and enjoy the unobvious; our special connection about rocks and Bancroft gemstones; his ability to purr better than most cats; his odd and hilarious sense of humour; his soft soothing voice; even his quirks and phobias were interesting. We knew this day was coming but I am so very very sad. How sad for all of us. We've lost a real gem.
Goodbye Gord - love you. Say hi to Alan.
Appreciation for Gord
Comment by Kim Whitehead on 11th October 2009
Love ya Gord!! You taught me so much about the quality of life through perspective. You will be with me always.
in your memory Gord
Comment by nancy gillis andersen on 10th October 2009
thanks for all the memories I shared with you way back in the day..I shall not forget the world of Gord...you were unique...all the colours of your world you shared with the people you loved , your music and your gentle way , I will remember , I will miss you but will always think of you as someone I loved....
my deepest regrets to your closets family and friends that supported your last journey...
Comment by Wendy Legare on 9th October 2009
OM MANI PADME HUM!
OM MANI PADME HUM!
OM MANI PADME HUM!