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ANGEVINE, Hugh Gordon

February 8, 1941 – Saint John, NB
August 22, 2013 – Calgary, AB

With deepest sadness and broken hearts, we announce the passing of Hugh Gordon on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at the age of 72 years.

Gord was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on March 23, 2012 and fought the fight the same way he led his life: with determination, dignity, honesty and integrity. Once he decided to fight, he never gave up.

We were blessed with Gord’s gentle manner, kind heart and incredibly generous nature. He was a genuine and patient man, admired and respected by all who knew him. He touched the lives of those who met him, whether in business or friendships. You couldn’t help but love his gentle spirit, quick but quiet wit and ever charming personality. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, listen to a problem, give advice or partake in the fun.

Gord will be forever treasured by his wife and soul mate Judy. He loved his children dearly and will be remembered by Jodi of Toronto, ON and Stuart of Burnaby, BC; brothers John (Anne) of Toronto, Donald (Danielle) of Brantford, ON, and Robert (Shirley) of Penticton, BC; brother-in-law Terry Hart (Janet) of Richmond Hill, ON; sister-in-law Wendy Pew (David) of Aurora, ON; mother-in-law Barbara Hart of Richmond Hill, ON; and fondly remembered by his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Gord was predeceased by his parents. His mother Margaret Eleanor Angevine co-founded the Canadian Meals on Wheels program in Brantford, ON and the program rapidly spread across North America, feeding thousands of Canadians every day. His father James Stuart Angevine’s career with Mutual Life of Canada influenced Gord’s decision to enter the life insurance industry at a young age. His father was known as a family man and a philanthropist who spearheaded a fund raising campaign in 1952 to raise $750,000 for a new YMCA building for the community of Saint John, NB.

Gord followed in his father’s footsteps and after a lengthy and successful career in the life insurance industry he moved to Calgary in 1980. Over the next nineteen years he and Judy built a respected life insurance brokerage business which they sold in 1999. Priddis Greens Golf Course was the home base for many years and friendships built there proved to be immensely important to him. Gord felt privileged to have many golf friends and enjoyed golfing and traveling around the world.

A Celebration of Gord’s Life will be held at Red Deer Lake United Church, West on Highway #22X past Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. At Gord’s request, he asked that his golf buddies wear their favourite golf shirt. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Meals on Wheels, 5759-80 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2C 4S6 or the Calgary YMCA, 101 3 St SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 4G6 In Gord’s memory please contribute to the greater good by performing random acts of kindness.

Judy and the family would like to thank the following friends for their unending support during Gord’s battle: Leslie and Don Harbison, Tracy and Dave Rostad, “The Trash”, and the multitude of visitors, phone calls and emails both at home and at the hospice – Gord referred to you all as an “embarrassment of riches”. The family would also like to thank Dr. Vanessa Krause and Kathy, and Dr. Woo, Foothills Hospital; Dr. Powell, High River Cancer Clinic and his wonderful staff Candice, Kim and Sandy; Black Diamond Home Care Team and team leader Patti for their compassion; and a special thanks to Southwood Hospice and their wonderful caring staff.

In living memory of Gord Angevine, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Bill and Dianna Harrison :

    Dear Judy,

    You and Gord have been in our thoughts. We are very sorry for your loss. Although we didn’t know Gord well we enjoyed his warmth and his humour and the many stories we heard from D and L. He will be missed by many.
    Take care Judy.

    Bill and Dianna

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  2. Paul Berry Aurora :

    On behalf of Gord’s golf friends from Aurora Highlands Golf Club, I offer our condolences to the Angevine family. We all have very fond memories of the many golf games played at Aurora and the Myrtle Beach trips. Gord was my very first insurance agent and friend. Thanks to his early guidance and advice he prepared me well for my future. I always held Gord in the highest of esteem. At true gentleman at all times.

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  3. Terri DiFlorio :

    Judy and family ~ I am so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. He was a wonderful, caring man and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to get to know him during our years at Financial Life. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time. Terri

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  4. David McFarlane :

    Judy we are so sorry to hear the news about Gord. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Joan and I remember fondly the great time we had with you and Gord in San Francisco at the Crown Life leading agents conference in 1995. I also remember the great relationship and support you both gave me when we struck up the partnership when I was at Liberty Health.

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  5. Lynda Nowoselski :

    I’m sorry for your loss, Judy & family. I do agree immensely, that Gord was kind and a very gentle natured man. I will remember him for his great sense of humor & generosity, all the while being very studious of his finances. He was very generous in sharing his time, laughter & smile. I too join you in missing him. Myron & I thank you for sharing him over the years and wish to join you now in celebrating the wonderful life he led. Our thoughts & prayers go out to all you, his love ones.

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  6. Marie and Jane :

    Dear Judy
    We had only a passing and brief friendship with you, but we want you to know that your presence here is missed. It was comforting to have someone to talk to who understood what we were all experiencing. We thank you for giving us the privilege of meeting Gord and we are truly sorry that you have lost him so soon. I wonder if we can ever be ready or willing to let go. Please know that we think of you daily. May you find comfort with friends and family as you continue this journey.

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  7. Judy & John Bain :

    Dear Judy, Jody and Stuart:

    It is with extreme sadness that we have heard of Gord’s passing. I would just like to say that our thoughts are with you all. We have fond memories of our occasions together and the many, many laughs. It was always so comfortable just to be able to pick up the conversation despite the years passing by. We will treasure our wonderful memories.

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  8. I’m sorry I couldn’t make the service today. I want to extend my sincere sympathies to your family at this time. Gord was always a pleasure to visit with. I learned a lot from him in the business. He had real integrity and honesty that he likely learned from his father and good old Mutual Life. I think of you both often and regret that we did not visit more these past years.
    He will be missed but fondly remembered by everyone who met him.

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  9. Pat and Mat Peters :

    Dear Judy and Family – Please accept our condolences for your loss…..we so enjoyed Gord over the years at Priddis – you both were always doing so much for the course….whenever we met he always had a big smile on his face and a friendly word and so we will remember him….caring thoughts….Pat and Mat

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  10. Rod and Karen Sproule :

    Judy: Our sympathies and thoughts are with you. From our early days at Priddis Greens, Gord was a most welcoming face and continued to be one of the “good” members that make a club special for us and many others. We always think of you and Gord at Friday mixed league and his presence will be missed. We are sorry for your loss….. Rod and Karen

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  11. Dear Angevine Family,
    I grew up in Brantford and went to Brantford Collegiate with Gord and Donald (Carol Hewitson). A few weeks ago while visiting a friend, also from Brantford and a high school buddy of Gord’s, in the same hospice I was made aware that Gord was there. Our friend’s family member insisted that she take me to see Gord. I was not sure how he would respond as I would have been a stranger so many years later. He was so gracious and seemed grateful for the visit. I also met his lovely daughter who was visiting. I was so grateful that I had seen him and had a very pleasant visit after so long.

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you at this difficult time. May God strengthen you and comfort you as you grieve.

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  12. Bill & Shirley Newis :

    Judy, we are so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing and pray for you and your family at this difficult time. Priddis will not be the same.

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  13. Shelly Copoloff :

    Dear Judy and family
    The smile in Gord’s eyes will always be in our hearts. When he spoke, in his calm way, he was filled with wisdom and insight as to how life should be lived to the fullest. It was a privilege and an honour to be in his presence.
    On behalf of our family, we offer our most sincere sympathies on the loss of your dear precious Gord.
    Your friends, The Copoloffs

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