Gordon Robert was born at Coronation Hospital December 11, 1941. He first attended Clinton School for three years until Clinton closed its doors. He then attended Coronation School until he graduated in 1956. He then worked for several years for some local and not so local farmers. He next attended SAIT for a year and then took a course in grocery retailing in Edmonton. However Gordon did not like city living and found the farm more to his liking. He came home and farmed with Willie until Willie broke his hip. They found the winters were pretty hard to cope with. So Gordon and Willie bought a trailer house from Willie Moman and lived in town for the winters which worked very nice for them. However he had an accident which left him unable to walk. He moved to Continuing Care in Coronation where he lived until his passing.
Gordon is survived by his brother William “Willie” and eight nieces and nephews in Wallaceburg, Ontario and all their families as well as cousins in Maple Ridge, B.C. and Northern Ireland; also a nephew, great niece and great nephew of Coronation. Gordon was predeceased by father William, mother Agnes, sister Agnes Bray (Wallaceburg, ON), sister Patricia Oke (Joffre), and niece Leslie Heidecker.
Gordon passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at the Continuing Care, Coronation, Alberta at the age of 70 years.
My Brother Gordon
By Willie Miller
I first knew my brother over 70 years ago. My dad and I were cleaning the cow barn when a car came up in the yard. I knew mom was in the hospital but I didn’t really know why. Apparently she needed a ride home so our neighbour Archie Waltham brought her. She was carrying a little strange bundle and I wondered what it was. “Where did you get that Mom”? She said the stork had brought it. As years went by I grew quite fond of my baby brother. It was my job to care for him when my folks were doing chores outside.
As Gordon grew older he loved his school studies and was very smart at it, taking two grades in a year. Gordon loved to work very hard. He just loved picking rocks, pitching manure, stacking bales, cutting wood and anything that took a lot of endurance. If he helped a neighbour stack hay or something, he always went to work, not play around. Gordon and I lived and worked together for a long time, not always agreeing but we always worked things out together.
So now with a very sad heart its time to say farewell my dear brother. I say farewell and trust the Lord that we will meet again. It’s not good-bye, just farewell till we meet again.
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A memorial service for Gordon Miller was held at the Continuing Care, Coronation, AB, on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Reverend Sue Hertell officiating. Jean Russell read the word of remembrance written by Willie. Allan and Claud Zinger played for the hymns “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace”. A lunch was served immediately following the memorial. The interment took place at the Coronation Cemetery at 1 p.m. Active pallbearers were Cliff Cline, George Glazier, Zane Glazier, Gregory Glazier, Allan Zinger and Claud Zinger. Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 1331-29th St. NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 4N2 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Heather Caseley entrusted with arrangements. 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”