Obituary of Gord Garreau
Gordon (Gord) Edward Elmer Garreau (1966-2019)
After a three-and-a-half-year battle with cancer, Gord passed away on November 27th, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. Gord leaves a legacy of love and honour with his family and those who knew him.
Gord was born on February 5th, 1966 to Georgina (née Quenneville) and Rene Garreau at Misericordia Hospital in Haileybury, Ontario and grew up in Latchford. On June 24th, 1989, he married Sharon (his Princess) Louise Jacksic and they recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.
Gord loved hockey. As a youngster, he played goalie in the Cobalt Minor Hockey League, and was a major force in the success of his teams reaching the NOHA championships. As an adult, Gord became Referee-in-Chief in Cobalt and was a well-sought out referee while living in Burlington, Ontario.
Growing up, summers were spent “down at the lake” playing baseball, hanging out with his friends, assisting cottagers disposing of their empties, stirring up trouble and just having a good time.
In recent years, Gord loved to cook and invite friends over for a BBQ. He loved making people feel welcome in his home.
Baseball was another of Gord’s favourite sports. On summer nights you could find him behind home plate back-catching with his cousin, Kevin (Latchford’s Dynamic Duo). The Latchford boys were a tight-knit crew that played well together and were known for their antics. They grew up together, and that is why they played well together. They were like brothers.
Gord loved to help people. Friend or stranger he gave his time and help equally and completely. His friends and family all knew they could call him for anything. Gord would give anyone the shirt off of his back without a second thought. He once gave his spare tire to a stranger who was stranded roadside on his way to work. He didn’t know if the tire would be returned. "He needed to get to work”, is all Gord would say. To him, that was all that mattered.
Gord will be missed by all that knew him, especially his wife Sharon and his children; Jakob and Joel Garreau. Gord was an exemplary husband and father. He was compassionate, patient, understanding and had a wonderfully mischievous and teasing sense of humour. He has left behind wonderful memories of a loving husband, father, brother, son and friend.
He will forever be remembered by his dad, Rene Garreau, his siblings; Gertrude Hill (John) and Martin Garreau, mother in law; Betty Jacksic, his sisters in law; Mary-Jo Jacksic (Frederic) and Heather Jacksic (Lawrence) as well as his nieces and nephews; Ariana, Nadine, Iain and Micah. Gord is predeceased by his mother Georgina Garreau (née Quenneville) and his father-in-law George Jacksic.
We are grateful for every day we got to see his smile and share his laughter. That is the way we will always see him; bursting with energy and invariably with a bit of mischief in his eyes.
Above all, he loved and cherished his family and friends and we will miss him more than words can express.
We love you, Gordie.
Donations in memory of Gord may be made to Autistics for Autistics Ontario or Women's Pavilion Centre in Haileybury, ON.
As per Gord's wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Life will be held on December 21st, 2019 at the Dymond Community Hall from 2:00 pm until 11:00 pm.
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