Gordon Wilmer Swayze

In his 100th year, peacefully at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Veterans Centre, with his family at his side.


Predeceased by his dear wife, Ruby, always loved by daughters Barbara Griesdale and Beverley Thornton, grandsons Donald (Peggy), Rob (Erika) and granddaughter Laura (Adi).  He was proud great-grandfather to Iain, Ryan, Matthew, Loic, Maelle and Aasha (the Bean), was uncle to many nieces and nephews, and close uncle to Linda Quigley.


Gordon served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Navy, copying Japanese code, and then served on the Prince Robert in the Pacific.


Gord was actively involved in the Masonic Order, the Society of Goodwill Services, the Empire Club, Scarboro Golf and Country Club, and the Board of Trade Council and Club.  He was a long time Elder and member on the Council of Kew Beach United Church, and steadfast supporter and Director of the Famous People Players.  Very dear to Gordon was the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly the Toronto East General Hospital), where he served as Governor of the Hospital and was a Director of the Foundation for many years.  Gordon was involved in all aspects of real estate throughout his life, working until he was almost 90 years of age.  Everything he did in life, he did with passion.


The family will receive friends at the HUMPHREY FUNERAL HOME A.W. MILES – NEWBIGGING CHAPEL, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30th.  A funeral service will be held in BEACH UNITED CHURCH, 140 Wineva Avenue, on Thursday, August 31st at 1:00 p.m.


Our profound gratitude to the staff of Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, K2C, for their loving care during the last 4 years of his life.  If desired, donations to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto M4N 3M5 or Michael Garron Hospital, 825 Coxwell Avenue, Toronto M4C 3E7 would be appreciated.  Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymilesnewbigging.com.