Gordon Stark

Gordon Stark


1923 – 2013

It is with profound sadness that the family of Gordon Sidney Stark, formerly of Swift Current SK, and Vernon BC and recently of Surrey BC announces he passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on June 21, 2013 at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock BC.

Our treasured Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad, brother and uncle will be missed terribly by his family including his five children, Bonita (Don) Findlay of Surrey BC, Jennifer Stark of Cochrane AB, Heather Hamilton of Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, Gordon Stark of Victoria BC, and Jodie Stark (Jeff Bernath) of Saskatoon SK; seven grandchildren, Nicole (Dwayne) Faust of Kelowna BC, Jaime (Gary) Houston of Brisbane, Queensland Australia, Kelsey and Kevin Drozdowski (Shawna-Seah McDonald) of Calgary AB, Brandon Thompson of Victoria BC, and Capri and Chase Bernath of Saskatoon SK; and five great-grandchildren, Joshua, James, Matthew, Cameron and Brady Faust of Kelowna BC. He is also survived by his sister Barbara Bloom and nephew Glen Bloom (Deborah Duffy) of Ottawa ON, and his constant, devoted companion, his little dog Buffie. Gordon was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth (Bette) Stark in 2007, parents Alexander and Constance Stark, and nephew Randall Bloom.

Gordon was born in Calgary, AB in 1923. After completing his articles he was admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1947 and was awarded a Life Membership in 1987 in recognition of 40 years of distinguished service to the CA profession.

Gordon married Bette Appleton in 1945. They moved to Swift Current SK and Gordon entered private practice with the CA firm Hesford, Wik & Jeffrey. The Starks raised five children and established many close friendships in Swift Current over 42 years. A low handicap golfer and competitive curler, Gordon spent many happy hours at the golf course and curling rink.

Awarded his distinguished Fellow designation (FCA) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan, Gordon was recognized by his peers and colleagues for his extensive community involvement and for his commitment to the profession. Gordon was founding chair of the Cypress Hills Community College and was appointed by the provincial government to the Universities Commission which acted as a liaison between the province’s universities and the government in matters related to funding. He was chair of the Swift Current Housing Authority for many years and president of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club and Elmwood Golf Club.

After retiring as senior partner with Stark & Company, Gordon and Bette moved to Vernon BC in 1989 where he was closer to his sister Barbara. He continued his lifelong passion for computer technology and he golfed and curled for several years with new friends. Following Bette’s death in 2007, he moved to Kelowna, BC and then Surrey, BC to be closer to family.

Cremation has taken place with arrangements entrusted to Wiebe & Jeske Burial & Cremation Care Providers. A family memorial celebration of life will be held at a later date. Condolences and favourite memories of Gordon sent by email to jenn.stark@shaw.ca will be forwarded to the family.

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