June 25, 1926 – October 10, 2019
Gordie Robertson was born in Trail where his parents, William Patterson Robertson and Ann Scanlan settled after emigrating from Glasgow, Scotland. He was an all round athlete, competing and succeeding in baseball, softball, lacrosse, curling, golf, and of course hockey. His hockey career began when he was about 10 years old where he eventually became a Men’s Senior Trail Smote Eater. In those days, they played outside on the Columbia River below the boat launch, taping Sear’s catalogues to their shins for protection. He also played for the Nanaimo Clippers
When the war broke out, he and his buddies all went to sign up, but miraculously, Gordie was not accepted because he was too young.. Many of his dear friends and school mates were lost. Gordie consistently honoured his fallen friends each year at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day. God obviously had other plans for Gordie. While he was playing for the Trail Smoker Eaters, his coach, Ab Croney, received a phone call from Lou Holmes, the coach of the Edmonton Mercurys, He said his team was “a little light” and could the coach supply him with a couple of his best players to send to the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway, to represent Canada. Gordie was concerned about leaving his expecting wife to go play for Team Canada. Through the support of his employer, everything was taken
care of while he was away. So Louis Secco and Gordie were shipped off to Edmonton. They impressed, Mr. Christianson, the owner of the Edmonton Mercurys and they were soon off to Europe. The Edmonton Murcurys won the Gold Medal for Hockey against the United States, a record for Canada
that wouldn’t be matched until the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Jean Hill and Gordie were married in 1950 in Cour d’ Alane, Idaho. His career at CM&S, then Cominco, spanned 40 plus years, where he held a progression of position ending as Lead Burner Supervisor at his retirement. Gordon is survived by his 4 sons, Robin, Lyle, Darren and Martin, 9 grandchildren, Jaclyn, Mark, Ashley, Andrea, Ashton, Rayann, Aurora, Gabrielle, Connor, and 1 great grandchild, Noah, nieces April and Brenda, nephews Glen and Craig and all their respective families.
Gordie played for the Trail Curling Club, was a member of Gyro, and was very active in his community, enjoying music and dancing. His favourite pastime was playing golf with his sons, grandson and great grandson. Gordie has said many times that he always went into any competition believing that he would win. He never doubted his or his team mates’ talents or abilities. He and the team are featured in the Toronto Hockey Hall of Fame. As well as being inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. Red Deer, Alberta Sports Hall of Fame also honours the team.
The Rossland-Trail Golf Club presented him with the Warren Cup for best overall golfer. He was a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin, grandfather and great grandfather, athlete, unique story teller and good pal to anyone he met. He would always tell them, “Have a real good time, pal. You’re never coming again.”
With a hearty good bye and a smile on his lips, Gordie left us peacefully and with dignity to join Scotty, Nan, Bunty and Bill. He will be missed but never forgotten!
The entire Robertson clan would like to express their sincere gratitude to the emergency responders and the staff of the ER Department Nelson Hospital who attended to Gordie during his passing.
Funeral Service to be held on Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at St. Andrews, Trail, 11 am immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at the Rex Hotel.
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