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Photo de R. Gordon PEARSON
Fiche créée le : 2007-06-04
Père : Douglas Victor PEARSON
Mère : Margaret Agnes Pitt
Décès le : 2007-06-04
Parution : 2007-06-14
Conjoint(e) : Catherine Christin
Paru dans : Ottawa Citizen, ON

PEARSON, R. Gordon August 12, 1947 - June 4, 2007 Corporate Relations Manager The Ottawa Food Bank Gordon passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 4th, 2007, in his 60th year, with the love and support of his family around him. Gordon was the cherished husband of Catherine Christin-Pearson and dearly loved father of Laura and Robert Pearson. He was the only child of the late Margaret Agnes Pearson (nee Pitt) and Douglas Victor Pearson of Toronto. Gordon is sadly missed by his family of brothers- and sisters-in-law: Chris & Diane, Margie & Derek, Ruby (the late Michael Boucher), Carol & Bill, and his nieces and nephews: James, Jennifer, Maddie, Rebecca, Meaghan, Heather, Cory, Charlie, Meghan and Mary. He will be dearly missed by his mother-in-law, Fay Christin, father-in-law, Harry, and Harry's wife, Nonie Christin, as well as his many Pitt family members throughout Ontario whose prayers, support and love have helped him through this past year. He will be especially missed by his oldest friends, John Eaton and Ted Hagen and their families, and his great circle of friends at the Ottawa Food Bank and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-Vanier. Born and educated in Toronto, Gordon's fundraising career began with the Toronto dance company Ballet Ys (Artistic Director Gloria Grant). He moved to Ottawa in 1980 as the General Manager of the newly-formed company, Theatre Ballet of Canada (TBC), (Artistic Director Laurence Gradus). He was a founding member of the Dance in Canada Festival, created here in Ottawa in 1982. In 1992, TBC became The Ottawa Ballet (Artistic Director Frank Augustyn). In 2000 Gordon found his 'home' with The Ottawa Food Bank as Corporate Relations Manager. As part of The Ottawa Food Bank family, Gordon left an indelible impression on everyone he met - friends, volunteers and supporters alike. His commitment was unwavering and anyone who crossed his path felt its impact. Gordon was a driving force behind many successful Food Bank initiatives, not the least of which was the Food Aid program for which he served as co-chair. His wit, enthusiasm and, above all, his friendship will stand as an example and will keep him in mind everyday. A member of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa-Vanier since 2002, he was chair of the Fundraising Committee and made the Santa's Souper Singers a successful annual winter event that collected donations for The Ottawa Food Bank. He was involved in every aspect of Kiwanis life as a friend, colleague and mentor, and his positive energy will be greatly missed. His inimitable humour and ready smile will be remembered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Our deep appreciation goes to Dr. Louise Coulombe, the At-Home Hospice team and members of CCAC for their professionalism and kind care. We are particularly grateful to Dr. John Seely, Cathie Boucher and Dr. Condon for caring for Gordon in hospital, and our thanks to Linda duRocher for ensuring Gordon's wish to come home was realized. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Monday, June 18, 2007, from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. Gordon's special request is that we continue to care for each other as a community and donate to The Ottawa Food Bank. Published in the Ottawa Citizen from 6/14/2007 - 6/16/2007

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