January 25, 1926 – July 14, 2019
Gordon Owen Torrance was born in Hanna, AB. Much of his life was spent in British Columbia with some important years in Wainwright and Edmonton, Alberta. Following the meeting of the love of his life, Ferne, he made Hope, BC his home and resided there for 40 years.
Gordon served two years in the Canadian Navy as a Telecommunications Specialist during the Second World War. The Navy took him across many different parts of the world and left him with no shortage of stories. Upon returning from war, after a series of events and jobs, landed a job on the CN Railway, following in his dad’s footsteps. There, he had a successful 35 year career, taking his last working train trip in November 1985. Gordon liked music, good food, exploring and had a love affair with the game of golf. He first picked up clubs when he was 16 years old, took a few decades off and returned to the game during a trip to Hawaii with his wife Ferne, who also took on the challenge. Gordon golfed into his late 80s and many of his memories were out on the green.
Gordon is preceded by his parents, Ted and Helen Torrance, his wife Ferne and his oldest daughter, Jane McGillis. Gordon is survived by his sister Bonnie Mills, stepdaughters Terry Holding and Diane Palmar, nephews Lane (Debbie) and Todd Vandewaal, granddaughters Kyla McGillis, Raina Vandal, Ramona Boufeas, Michael and Michelle Holding, and Stacey Torrance, great grandchildren, Owen Torrance, Skylar and Lydia Vandal, PJ Boufeas, Athena Boufeas, Nico Boufeas and Lennon Holding and his children Brenda Farebrother and Ted Torrance, as well as many other family and friends.
You are invited to attend a service on Monday, July 29th at 1pm at the Royal Canadian Legion in Hope to celebrate Gordon’s long life.
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