Gordon Courtney

Gordon Earl Courtney

Thursday, October 13th, 1927 - Friday, November 22nd, 2019
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Courtney, Gordon
Former Orangeville Mayor, Gordon Courtney passed away peacefully at Trillium Health Partners – Mississauga Hospital on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the age of 92. He was predeceased by his loving wife and best friend Jessie (nee Rusk).
Gord had a colorful life, much of which was spent in Orangeville, where he was born and still lived at the time of his death. Together with Jessie he opened Coffee Corner Restaurant. He sold the restaurant in 1976 and opened Gord’s New and Used Furniture, which they operated until their retirement in 1990. For a number of years, and well past retirement, he also worked part-time for longtime friend Bert Gauthier at Dods & McNair Funeral Home. Those who knew Gord would attest, he never met a stranger. After years of attending Orangeville Council Meetings as an observer he decided to throw his hat in the ring as a Councillor, a position he held from 1976 to 1982. He served on every committee as a Councillor and was elected as Mayor in 1982, serving three terms until 1991. During that time, it was a tradition for his and Jessie’s large family to gather at the house on Townline following the Mayor’s New Year’s Day Levee for a holiday feast. As Mayor, Gord presided over the opening of the Avalon Care Centre, a place that would become both his and Jessie’s home during the final stages of their life. He was excited to be asked to speak at the Avalon’s 35th anniversary in 2017. An active community volunteer, Gord devoted his time to the Salvation Army, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (Maple Leaf Lodge #57), and PROBUS Club of Orangeville (charter member), among other organizations. In 2012, Gord was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his service to Orangeville as a Councillor and Mayor as well as being a long-time dedicated member of the Oddfellow Lodge. In 2017, Gord received his 70-year membership pin from the Grand Lodge of Ontario of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. But more than any of these accolades or activities, family came first for Gord. He was a beloved father to Dianne McCormick (Danny), Debbie Henderson (the late Roy) and David Courtney (Wendy Slyter) and proud grandfather of Michelle McCormick (Alexis Thorne), Ashley McCormick (Brent Wilson) and Donnie Henderson (Lisa Lougheed) and great-grandfather to Leila Thorne. He was a loving stepfather to Paul McConnell (Kim), Bev Aikins (Ralph) and the late Marilyn Amos (Bruce), and the late Wayne McConnell, along with grandchildren Tammy, Kelly, Bob, Jeff, Brad, David, Jason, Paul, Holly and Justin. Great-grandfather of 14. He was predeceased by his brother Carl and his sister Lorraine. Gord will be greatly missed by other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial donations to the New Hope Community
Church of the Salvation Army, Orangeville or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
Interment to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Mono.
A tree will be planted in memory of Gord in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    Address Not Available
    Odd Fellows Service to take place in the chapel on Tuesday November 27th at 8:00 pm
  • Service

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 2:30pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 3:30pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 3:30pm
    Orangeville and Area Forest Lawn Cemetery Company
    14 Cemetery Rd
    Mono, Ontario
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  • Reception

    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    Dods & McNair Reception Centre
    21 First Street
    Orangeville, On L9W 2C8
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Marlene Anderson

Posted at 09:42am
To All The Family Members
I have fond memories of Gordon through the years but especially our days working at the Chainway in the 1950s.
I remember Carl working there too as a clerk. Both fine fellows to know.
Marlene Hamilton Anderson


Posted at 12:04pm
Sorry to hear of Gords passing. Many good memories from the days on Elgin Street. Gord and Archie solved world and local problems over the kitchen table.

Ruth Teakle

Posted at 11:15am
Sending our condolences and prayers. What a wonderful legacy of commitment and service to the community. Many memories of our mom (Marjorie Courtney) and Gord at the kitchen table sharing a hot coffee and some prayer. A donation to New Hope has been made in his honour.

Ruth Teakle (Ruth, John, Joe and Howard Courtney)

Judy Pryce

Posted at 08:56am
So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. I had the great pleasure of working for Gord while he was Mayor of the Town of Orangeville. Always a gentleman, kind and thoughtful. He will be greatly missed in the community. Sincerest condolences to all the family, Judy Pryce

Jerry Gould

Posted at 08:17am
Gord I’m a better person for knowing you. Our men’s breakfast talks at New Hope Church were inspirational. Your life story was so amazing and I think of all the people that were touched and inspired the way I was. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless you Gord.
Jerry Gould 🙏

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