Gordon Wark

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Born in a time of plenty and raised during a time of tremendous challenge and change, Gordon Wark was a deep thinker who naturally appreciated the beauty and wonders around him. With an insatiable curiosity, and an ability to fix anything, Gordon centred his life in service to his family whom he treasured deeply. A proud husband, father, and grandfather, Gordon met life’s challenges with confidence and embraced his good fortune with much appreciation. Though he will be sadly missed, Gordon’s legacy will continue to live on in the hearts and lives of those who knew him best.

1928 continued to ride the decade’s roaring wave of peace, prosperity, and hope. As the post-war wave of sweeping social and economic growth rapidly increased, nowhere was there more hope for the future than in Arran Township as Garnet and Myrtle (nee Millman) Wark welcomed their son Gordon into their hearts and home on May 23.

The third of the Wark’s eight children, Gordon grew up with firm family values as modelled by his parents. His father, having served both the Canadian militia and Canadian Engineers, and his mother married in September of 1920 and made their home on a family farm. Gordon spent much of his childhood working both his family’s farm as well as many local farms. Like many youths of his generation, he attended public school through his elementary years but did not attend high school. Instead, he left school to work and help provide for his family. The family’s farm on the 2nd of Arran was home, job, and playground for Gordon and his siblings: Ross, Laverne, Ivan, Tom “Russell,” Bernice, Doreen, and Freda. It was also where Gordon forged the firm foundation upon which he built the rest of his life.

In time, Gordon began sailing on passenger ships on the Great Lakes. In 1943, after the sense of adventure wore off, and the work of being away from home became too taxing, Gordon returned home and began working at The Metzger Mill in Hanover.

Gordon was blessed with the good fortune of meeting Marjorie Helen Nickel during one of her weekend visits to her aunt and uncle’s, Pearl and Wally Gammie, near Tara. The young couple began dating and soon recognized their good fortune in finding one another. After dating for five years, they married on July 27, 1946, at Southampton Anglican Church and settled into their first home together in Southampton. Four years later, in 1950, they proudly welcomed their son Doug in 1950 into their family, and in 1954 completed their family when daughter Gwen was born.

After working for The Metzger Mill for seven years, the family moved to Southampton in 1952 where Gordon worked at Hepworth Company from 1952 until 1964. In 1964, they moved to Chesley where he worked for Heirloom Furniture until retirement in 1988.

While Gordon had many interests, his favourite place to be was outdoors. He loved to hunt and fish. Whether hunting deer, goose, and small game, or fishing, his endeavours were always most enjoyable when shared with his brother Tom. He had many canine companions along the way, but none outshined his favourite hunting dog, “Red Bone.” A natural tinkerer, Gordon could often be found working on a project; he loved the challenge of fixing stuff, and no challenge was too great for him to tackle. Another passion for Gordon was cutting grass; sometimes he’d cut multiple times a day. Yes, you read that right. His blades were always sharp and never out of place. Gordon was also one of the founding members of the Chesley Snowmobile Club which he belonged to for many, many years.

A man who valued the simple things in life, Gordon was never a picky eater. He loved the country music of his youth, and the family TV, aka the “babysitter,” could put him to sleep in an instant. Gordon and Marj enjoyed travelling and held their trips to Nashville, Tennessee, and Wheeling, West Virginia as particularly memorable. They were also able to take the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii in the late 70s. While these adventures were wonderful, Gordon also found spending countless evenings sitting on the porch, taking in the sights and sounds of the neighbourhood equally enjoyable. Gordon was known for his kindness and warmth; and while he had few very good friends, he knew everyone. When asking Marj what Gordon could do better than anyone else, she quickly responded, “He thought lots!”

Several weeks ago, on April 17, Gordon and Marj moved to Durham. Just four days after their move, Gordon suffered a severe stroke and moved to hospital where he remained until his death.

Clearly, it is difficult to imagine life in the absence of Gordon’s steadfast presence. May it afford comfort to know that each time we breathe in the wonder that surrounds us, cast our favourite lure, use our good senses to fix something that’s broken, or take to the woods with our canine companion we keep Gordon’s legacy alive. In this way, he will continue to inspire others as he so inspired us.

Gordon James Wark of Chesley, passed away after a brief illness at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in his 93rd year.

Beloved husband of 72 years to Marjorie. Loving father of Doug of Hanover and Gwen Kares (Dennis Laver) of R.R. #1 Elmwood. Gordon will be dearly missed by his grandchildren Dan (Trudy) Wark, Darrell (Catherine) Wark, Angie (Will) Kares and Tony (Megan) Kares as well as his great-grandchildren Ashel, Christopher, Jesse, Courtney and Tori. He will be fondly remembered by his sisters Bernice Strba of Walkerton, Doreen (Bev) Kirkland of Tara and Freda (Bruce) Hardy of Chatsworth. Gordon was predeceased by his brothers Ross, Laverne, Ivan, Russell and his parents Garnet and Myrtle (Millman) Wark.

A graveside service will be held at the Chesley Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Howard Wark
May 31, 2019
Aunt Marj, Sincere condolences to the entire family. Fond memories of Uncle Gordon and always the prankster at Sunday visits and Grandma and Grandpa's! Enjoyed his surprise stops in Burgoyne on the way back from fishing. Howard
Bob and Marlene Masterson
May 31, 2019
Marjorie and family
Thinking of you at this time of loss of husband ,father ,grandfather,and great grandfather,our sympathy to you all.
Bob and Marlene
Cheryl Fleet (Gobert)
May 28, 2019
Thinking after reading this of great times we spent at your mom and dads. The sleep overs, the just hanging out and not to mention the ear piercing fiasco. Will never forget that one Marge was not in the least impressed with our antics! Your dad was a great guy Gwen always enjoyed the warmth and welcome always offered by your parents. Good memories are forever.
Deb Emke
May 28, 2019
So sorry to you all, just simply a great guy!!
Ron, Bonnie, April and Crystal Gallinger
May 25, 2019
Please know that we are thinking of you at this time. Sending our sincere sympathy and hugs to "Grandma Marge" and the family.
Claudia Staines
May 23, 2019
Doesn't matter how old you are, doesn't matter how many years you were lucky enough to have them... it's still and always too soon.
Take care of yourself...
Claudia & Jeff
Larry & Betty McLeod
May 23, 2019
Our sincere sympathy. Thoughts are with the families at this difficult time.
Bob and Susan Byers
May 22, 2019
Marg and Family: Our heartfelt condolences. Prayers for comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead
Doug & Phyllis Pennock
May 22, 2019
Aunt Marj, Doug, Gwen & families. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult & sad time. Uncle Gordon will be missed!
Joleen and Tom
May 22, 2019
Deepest sympathy Marj and family. Lots of memories to remember and share.
Thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Heather Ward and Reta Steward
May 22, 2019
To Marge and all the family
May the constant love of caring friends soften your sadness and may cherished memories bring you moments of comfort sending you our deepest sympathies
Reta Heather Kendall and family
Jim & June Gowan
May 22, 2019
To Marge & family,

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Thinking of you at this sad time. Cherish your memories.
Doreen Wark
May 22, 2019
Marge & family. My condolences on Gordon’s passing. My kids always referred to Gordon as the one who looked like Grandpa. Doreen Wark.
Amy Sawyer
May 22, 2019
Sorry for your loss Gwen Denis and family.
Teresa and Tanner Tibbo
May 22, 2019
Our condolences. What a nice man he was and an awesome neighbour. Our thoughts are with you.
Nancy & Bev
May 22, 2019
Heartfelt condolences and wishing you comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead
Linda Dougherty Ribey
May 21, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the Wark family.
Carol M. Jarvis
May 21, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the Wark family on the loss of Gord.
Karen Trelford
May 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss
Bill Johnson
May 21, 2019
Sorry for loss Marg Gwen and Doug
Use to have a lot of laughs with Gord when Doug and I chum together.

Bill and Robin Johnson
Shannon Rhody
May 21, 2019
So very sorry for your loss Angie. Thinking of you and sending you hugs. Shannon Rhody
Dwayne Frook
May 21, 2019
Angie, Dan, Darrell and Family,

Deepest condolences to you and yours at this very difficult time.

Dwayne, Robyn Frook and Family
Brenda Ortman
May 21, 2019
Gwen, Angie and family
Sorry to hear about your Dad and grandpa. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Cherish the memories ❤️
Brenda , Murray & family

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