February 7, 1926 - May 13, 2018
GORDON "GIDD" COUTTS
We regret to announce the passing of Gordon Coutts on May 13, 2018. Gordon was the last surviving member of his immediate family and in his passing, he rejoins his beloved wife Violet who passed away in 2004, as well as his Mother Hilda, Dad Albert, sisters Thelma, Elsie, brothers Jack, Norman, Bill and Joe. Gordon leaves to remember his life his children Linda, Dan (Doreen), Gord Jr. (Bonnie), John (Dianne), Glenda (Derek) and Kathy and his 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Born in Winnipeg. Gordon grew up in the Norwood/St. Boniface area and at the age of 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy serving on the HMCS Lauzon until the end of WWII. After the war he worked briefly at Canada Packers and in 1947 started at CN Rail where he worked as a Switchman until his retirement in 1984.
Gordon was an honest, adventurous, fiercely independent self-taught man who overcame many obstacles in his life guided by his hunger to learn through reading and practice. Through this self-taught knowledge, he was able to build his own Telescope from scratch, which included grinding the eight in mirror by hand, and used it to educate the family on Astronomy. He also designed and built a beautiful four-bedroom cottage at Grindstone Provincial Park which was enjoyed by the entire family for many years. In his retirement he enjoyed travelling with Vi and golfing with his lifelong buddy, and cousin, Reg Coutts and their many friends at Windsor Golf Course.
In keeping with Gord’s wishes a private interment will be held.
Gord’s family would like to express sincere thanks to the staff at Riverside Lions Estates for their friendship and care during his last seven years there.
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