Granville James (Jim) Gordon

Granville James (Jim) Gordon of Hornby Island, BC, born September 23, 1926 died at his home on August 19, 2006. Survived by his wife of 56 years, Pamela, and 10 children in Keith (Marjorie) Gordon, Cora Gordon, Trish (Mick) Vet, Alan (Julie) Gordon, Lucy (Les) Poirier, Sheila Gordon (Doug Seymour), Fran (Brian) Hopfner, Wendy (Fred) Hucul, Suzie (Stephen) Bishop and Katherine Gentry. Also 23 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Jim grew up in Sussex and Devonshire in England and went to Blundells Public School and Seal Hayne Agricultural College. He moved to Canada with Pam and their two small children to run the farm at Lejac, B.C. in 1953. The Fort Fraser area was home for 22 years where Jim worked a small bush mill on Dog Creek road and moved on to other work with the sawmills in the area and with BC Parks. He and Pam ran a second-hand store in Vanderhoof for several years. Born of a farming family, he yearned for a place where gardening could be more productive. In 1977 he and Pam moved to Ford Cove on Hornby Island where he appreciated the rural life and closeness to the sea. They developed an organic vegetable, fruit and flower garden business and a quieter lifestyle. For the last 15 years they were able to eat their earliest potatoes on the long weekend in May. He believed people were to be stewards of the land, and remained a vocal critic of agri-business and corporations because he thought both were ultimately not maintaining the health of the earth and soil necessary to life.

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