Obituary of Gordon Mollenhauer
Gordon Mollenhauer passed away peacefully on April 9, 2017, at the age of 88. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his beautiful, loving wife Gail, his former wife and lifelong friend Sue, his four children John, Linda, Rob and Doug, his stepdaughters Kirsten and Shauna, his sons and daughters-in-law, his 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, that he so cherished.
Born January 23, 1929, Gordon was loved by family and friends for his natural charm and charisma, his infectious sense of humor, strength and integrity and interest in the people and world around him. He was immensely proud of his family. He was also highly respected in the business community, not only for what he accomplished, but also for what he contributed. He was proud of Mollenhauer Construction, the company which he and his brother Jack built. Gordon served on many boards including United Way, Junior Achievement, Bloorview McMillan Childrens' Hospital, United Church, the Toronto Board of Trade and industry associations like the OGCA and OAA. Gordon was also a member of the Business Council on National Issues and was one of five chosen to represent Canada at the Duke of Edinburgh Cross Canada Conference in the 1960s.
His passion for friendly competition was legendary - from the family golf tournaments, to backgammon with 'the boys.' A great sportsman, but a really bad putter.
He has deeply touched so many, which is the greatest of all tributes.
Gordon was cared for by a many people including the good folks at Toronto General Hospital. In particular, he was grateful to Leea Puntanen who cared for him at home in the final months of his life.
Friends who wish to celebrate Gordon's extraordinary life, may join us at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church at 230 St. Clair W. at 1 pm on Thursday, April 20th. A reception at the church will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Jack.org, a national youth mental health charity and/or The Able Network, which inspires adults with intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential (registered charity number is 818236150RR0001), would be greatly appreciated.