Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Eternal Grace Funerals, 1111 Logan Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba
Thursday & Friday August 29 & 30, 2019
Cadet Building, Cross Lake, Manitoba
Cadet Building, Saturday, August 31, 2019
Celebrating the Life of Gordon McLeod
July 23, 1945 – August 25, 2019
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend Gordon Murray McLeod went home to “glory land” on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the age of 74.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Victoria of nearly 50 years and children Dolly, Nancy, Marcy, Kathleen, Sharon, Kevin and Gordon Jr.
Grandchildren: Ashley, Dominick, Hayley, Autumn, Aythan, Hudson, Kendall, Adam, Cheyenne, Alayna, Ciara, Shannyn, Lil Dominick, Joshua, Jerome
Great-grandchildren: Leah, Drayden, Gordon III
Sisters: Edith Arnold, Margaret Rose Sweeny
Brothers: Charlie McLeod (Catherine), Allan McLeod, Winston McLeod
In-Laws: Ron and Kay Ross, George and Flora Ross, Rebecca A. Ross, Clem and Shirley McInnis, Florence and Johnny, Brenda Garrioch, Marcel and Maria Genialle, Janet Ross, Rosalie Thomas
Gordon was pre-deceased by his son Keith George McLeod, parents Ethel and Charlie McLeod, sister Agnes Nabess, brother Hector McLeod, nephew Ronald Smith, sisters-in-law Martha McLeod and Emily McLeod, and brother-in-law Bob Sweeny.
Gordon was born on July 23, 1945. He was raised in Cross Lake and on his parents’ trapline in Walker Lake. One of his “ministry of helps” was serving others by picking up people he met on the road or highway and accommodating visitors in our home. Mom and Dad moved to Winnipeg in 2017 for his hemodialysis treatments, where he reunited with old friends and made many new ones. He would give a few dollars to his fellow dialysis friends for coffee or lunch. It was also his way of taking care of our people who moved to the city for hemodialysis. Dad loved to meet people and visit with family and friends. One of his favorite past times was having coffee with sister Margaret Rose, favorite nephew Phillip, and his brothers Allan, Winston, Charlie and Hector, elders, special cousins and friends. Dad was able to keep in touch with family and friends through daily phone calls and many came to visit. Dad was a gifted storyteller—we will miss his humorous storytelling skills, voice imitations and punchlines.
Mom was his primary “nurse” who accompanied Dad to almost every dialysis treatment three days a week that kept them at the hospital 6 hours each time. Mom’s devotion to her husband and unwavering faith helped carry Dad over the past 8 years. He encouraged us by sharing his testimony and he was encouraged by others by hearing theirs. He enjoyed reminiscing of the powerful camp meetings and healing miracles he witnessed throughout his life. He missed his friends back home and the elders who guided him in his early Christian walk. Dad shared how Jesus blessed him throughout his life and wasn’t afraid to tell the doctors that He was his strength. A brother-in-the Lord once told Dad he was to teach righteousness and truth, which he did.
Dad had a love for model planes, antiques and other collectables and enjoyed the history behind these objects. He loved to go to flea markets and never failed to find a treasure or two to keep or give away. Despite his loss of energy, Dad lived life to the fullest especially over the past two months. We celebrated his birthday with his “besties of Winnipeg”, he finally made it to the Manitoba Rodeo in Morris, enjoyed a family picnic in the park, hosted fellowship services, attended church, traveled to Portage La Prairie and Warroad, Minnesota, visited the sick, visited with all his children and most of his grandchildren, and recently, Dad finally reconnected to the land. On August 16-18 we took Dad to a cabin and we sat by the lake and soaked in the most beautiful sunsets together. Dad tried to sing the main chorus of “Beyond the Sunset” by Hank Williams, then he told us, “when I go neesta, like the sun going down, you will not see me anymore….......until the next dawn”. Then he asked Mom to sing “Thy Loving Kindness”, the song that late son Keith used to sing as a little boy, and Dad listened to her sing: “I will lift up my hands unto Thy Name”…..and he lifted his hands towards the sunset.
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8