Hall, John William Gordon

The family of Gordon Hall regrets to announce his passing on July 9, 2012 in Vernon BC after a short illness.

He was born September 5, 1921 in North Battleford Saskatchewan to English immigrant parents where he learned the hard lessons of the Great Depression.

He joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1942 as an aero-engine mechanic and upon his discharge in 1945 enrolled in the Forestry program at UBC from which he graduated in 1950 as a Professional Forester. His work took him to Nelson (BC Forest Service), Cranbrook (Crestbrook Forest Industries) and Canoe (Federated Co-Op), and provided the content for endless stories – cruising timber on steep mountain sides (coastline to treeline and back each day), fighting forest fires, wrestling with bureaucrats, animal encounters, and most importantly his love and respect for our country’s forests – which were recounted to his family so many times in recent years that his grandchildren can recite them verbatim.

We all came away with a greater understanding of what hard work and commitment really were.

He retired to Vernon in 1981 where he demonstrated the art of self-fulfillment through the pursuit of his personal passions – skiing fast, and golfing well.

As a past member of the UBC ski racing team he never tired of the thrill of getting to the bottom with as few turns as possible, and was difficult to keep up to even as an octogenarian. As he was instrumental in its early development in the 1950’s he had fond memories of Kimberley’s North Star Ski Hill and the many friends that he made there.

His competitive spirit led him to participate in an endless number of golf tournaments, from small matches at his local clubs all the way to the Canadian Seniors Open. He played his last game at the age of 90.

He is survived by his partner Phyllis Watt and her son Rod Watt of Vernon, by his sister Ede Harrington and his brother Albert Hall of Vancouver, son Robin Hall of Powell River (grandson Grady of Yellowknife), son Dave Hall and his wife Pat of Cranbrook (grandson Jesse; Andrea, Anna of Fort McMurray) (granddaughter Meghan; Jon, Julian of Vancouver) son Brian of Rossland, son Greg of North Vancouver.

We will miss his wit and wisdom.

There will be no funeral by request. A private family gathering will be held at a later date, on a mountain slope or a scenic fairway.

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