August 27, 1936 – October 12, 2014
Gordon Jensen of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the age of 78 years.
Gordon is survived by his spouse Betty; two sons and two daughters in law Warren and Brenda and Grant and Thuy; six grandchildren Jens, Lindsay, Kai, Jessica, Derek and Tiffany; a great granddaughter Isla; stepdaughter Kate Silver and Thuy’s mother Le Bui whom he loved and they loved dearly.
Gordon’s life and roots was Alberta. His parents Jens and Ingeborg emigrated from Denmark in the early 1920’s. They were very hard working and participated in the Danish culture and traditions. Gordon was a pride and joy and grew up working with the family business Sunnyside Greenhouses Ltd. He attended school in Calgary and graduated from Crescent Heights High School, he played football with the Calgary Broncos and hockey with the Calgary Buffalos.
Gordon married Betty and together they relocated Sunnyside Greenhouses Ltd. to their present day location in Bowness. Along with their sons has become a well known business that markets all things to make outdoor and indoor living comfortable and beautiful. In 2018, Sunnyside will celebrate 100 years as a Calgary business.
Gordon was a keen reader of newspapers and history. He also had an interest in vitamins, minerals and Chinese herbs. Some referred to Gord as the Doctor. Gordon travelled extensively and took the road less travelled to many parts of the world. He and Betty looked forward to Puerto Vallarta as a winter escape with Max by their side. Max was a much loved dog who Gord dedicated countless hours of walks and companionship.
Gord was a friend of Bill W. and was very active. He had many friends and acquaintances from all things he was associated with. He went golfing and lunching regularly and touched many with kindness, wit and a special kind of humor that was one of kind. Gord was a great employer of many people in his business and became a mentor, father and lifelong friend to many. He saw them finish educations, get married, have families and wherever possible continued as extended family. He was thankful and grateful to so many.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Friday October 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Gordon Jensen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside, 5388 Memorial Drive N. E. Calgary, AB, T2A 3V9, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences