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FISHWICK, Gordon

March 23, 1916 – February 14, 2012

Gordon has passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the age of 95 years after a courageous battle in hospital.

Gordon was born in Mountain Park, Alberta and grew up in Stettler. Music was an integral part of the Fishwick household and it was one of the dominant forces in his life. Gordon played a number of instruments, including the trombone and bass; he took part in many bands, including throughout his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. Gordon moved to Calgary in 1946 to work as a piano tuner with his father. For many years, he was a highly-respected piano technician in the Calgary area. He operated Fishwick’s Piano Service with his sister Doris and her husband Ralph, working from the shop at his house. Until he unfortunately fell and broke his hip four years ago, Gordon still enjoyed working part-time, tuning pianos for his long-time clients and working in the shop on pianos that came his way. Sports were also an important part of Gordon’s life. In his youth he was an avid tennis player and later he was a dedicated golfer and bowler. Exceptionally good health throughout his long life and his ongoing participation in the work and sports activities he loved kept him young at heart. He will be sadly missed by his friends and family

He is survived by his sister Doris Clay Stewart (and her partner Andre), nieces and nephews Thomas Clay (Karen), Pamela Berg (Kent), Kathy Muirhead (Keith), Brian Fishwick (Betty), Alan Fishwick (Muriel), Peter Fishwick and their extended families. Gordon was pre-deceased by his brothers and sisters-in-law Norman (Ann) and Harold (Nora), his brothers-in-law Ralph Clay and Larry Stewart and his nephew Howard Fishwick.

A celebration of Gordon’s life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gordon Fishwick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. I am very sad to hear about Gord’s passing.I just moved to Calif.this past Aug. and saw and visited him right before. As usual was in great spirits and planning to possibly move back home!?
    We had lots of great conversations and times together, we all lost a true human being, who had warmth, humor and lots of interests in the world.
    I want to express my condolences and will keep his memory in my hart!! Janos Horvath

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  2. To the family of Gordon Fishwick- Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Gordon. He was a customer of mine and my family for three generations. My family and I operated one of Calgary’s oldest moving companies and Gordon was a loyal customer. I used to enjoy visiting with Gordon and Ralph at their shop while there moving pianos for their customers. Gordon’s reputation as an expert in the piano business was renowned throughout the industry.

    He was a wonderful person and a true professional.

    Ron Webster
    General Manager
    Wilderness Village Resort
    Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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  3. To Gordon’s friends and family I extend my sympathy. I only knew Gordon briefly while I was a student working in the hospital yet he made a big impression on me. Of all the patients I cared for my favorite was Gordon, sometimes grumpy but always delightful. He was quite a character and I am sure he will be missed.

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  4. My condolences to the family of a friend from many years ago. I have many memories of both Gordon and his father tuning pianos in my parents amd my homes in Stettler and Calgary. I was the daughter, Judy, of Dr.L.H.Wright, a dentist in Stettler for some years.
    Judith M. Towell(Wright)

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  5. DARRYL BUCK ON BEHALF OF WILMA BUCK :

    Although my mother never knew Gordon, she has the understanding there were only two people born in mountain park Alta. — my mother being the other. Her mother may have been taught piano by Gordon’s father. My mom’s brother, Harvey Wheatcroft (who passed away many years ago) was also a well-known piano tuner. My mom is almost 93 yrs. Of age and is doing relatively well. We send our condolences. If indeed there were only two people born in that mining town, they have certainly lived long and healthy lives! It’s too bad mom and Gordon never met. I’m sure they would have had lots to talk about.

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  6. Nancy (Reid) Osadchuk :

    Doris and family..Gordon was such a great conversationalist with a sense of humour. He was our favorite neighbor when we lived in Windsor Park. He certainly did lead a long and productive life. My sincere condolences.

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  7. David Fishwick :

    Fond childhood memories of touring through the insides of a piano with Gordon in his shop. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

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