Gordon James Grierson
September 19, 2017
Gordon James Grierson, age 90, passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital on September 19, 2017.
Gordon was born in Moose Jaw, SK to Bernita and William Grierson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years Lorraine, his son Ken of Langley, his daughter Cathy Grierson, her husband Paul Keelan, granddaughter Ella Keelan, all of Nelson, BC.
Also survived by nephews Brian Grierson (Michelle), Kim Grierson (Jane) of Calgary, niece Carol Sego (Jim) of Unity, SK.
Gordon was predeceased by his parents, his sister Charney Locke, his brother Bill Grierson and nephew David Grierson.
Gordon’s family moved to Edmonton in 1942 where he finished his education and met his future wife Lorraine. Gordon began his newspaper career as an advertising salesman at the Edmonton Journal, five years later he was invited to join the Red Deer Advocate. The Advocate grew from a thriving weekly to a daily newspaper and Gordon’s career with it, as Gordon and Lorraine raised their family in quickly growing Red Deer.
Gordon served his community through membership in Kinsmen, K40, Rotary and Masonic Lodge. His interest in seeing a community accessible and available saw him undertake numerous terms on a variety of boards; Journalism Advisory Committee at Sait, Chamber of Commerce, Red Deer Library, Alberta Summer Games, A.M.A. (Red Deer), Red Deer Golf & Country Club, Better Business Bureau and others.
The comradery of the volunteer community forged many life long friendships that Gordon treasured. In 1984 leaving Red Deer as the Publisher of the daily Advocate the culmination of his career brought him to Abbotsford and the beautiful Fraser Valley as he was appointed Canadian President of Trinity International newspapers and interim publisher of the News, later sold to Black Press.
Gordon retired in 1989 and he and Lorraine continued to live in Abbotsford.
Gordon was always interested in his community, his life long interest in the newspaper industry and was devoted to his family.
He loved to golf (about 70 years), enjoyed hockey and fishing off the Island.
Gordon was a kind, courteous, perceptive and gentle gentleman. He will be missed.
At Gordon’s request a private family celebration will be held in his honour.