Rice, Gordon Ransom
April 4, 1941 –
August 20, 2015
It is with heavy hearts and sadness that the family announce the passing of Gordon “Gord” Rice. Gordon was 74 years old and a long time resident of Cranbrook, BC.
Gordon was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. In his younger years he played the game of hockey. His love for the game brought him to Cranbrook in the late 1960’s. He played defense for the Cranbrook Royals Hockey team. Gordon began working at the Skookumchuk Pulp Mill in 1969, where he retired after 38 years of service. Gordon had a great passion for the outdoors. He spent many years enjoying hunting, trapping, guiding, fishing and camping. He married Heather in 1991 and together they enjoyed common interests and a love for the Bull River area. Later in his life he developed a rewarding and maddening relationship with the game of golf. Gordon took pride in having a nice yard. A weed would never exist long in his yard. Gordon enjoyed relaxed gatherings and sharing his cooking and did so many times with family and friends. He would often spoil hunters at the guiding camps with his famous recipes. Gordon was always willing to lend a helping hand with family and friends.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife Heather. His daughters Heidi (James), Jody (Frank) and Heather’s children Cam (Bonnie), Marnie (Clifford) and Kelly (Scott). His brother Tom (Dorothy) and grandchildren Cody, Linden, Vania, David, Spencer, Carter, Delainey and Farrah. Several nephews and nieces. And many special friends. He was predeceased by his parents Jack and Gladys Rice.
In honour of Gordon’s request, there will be no formal service. He wished for a remembrance of him to be at a special place up the Bull River.
In lieu of flowers and in Gordon’s honour a donation
can be made to the Cranbrook Minor Hockey League, Attn: Carla Thompson, 1777 2nd St. N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G9.
We all hold fond memories of Gordon that make us smile. He was a man who smiled often, had a unique laugh, and a great sense of humour. He will be forever missed by everyone who knew him. Always in our hearts.