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MCMAHON, Gordon William

December 2, 1932- Calgary, AB
June 8, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Gordon passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the age of 80 years.

Born in Calgary, Gordon spent his working years with the Canadian Pacific Railway across Saskatchewan and Alberta. He continued his love of railways after retirement as a volunteer conductor at Heritage Park, along with many other former railroaders. In addition, Gordon’s interest in family history led him to spend many volunteer years with the Alberta Family Histories Society. He also volunteered for many years at the Glenbow Museum where he was responsible for assembling and creating the CPR land sales database – some 36,000 land sales between 1881 and 1927, an important source of Western Canadian history. His pursuit of family history took him through many Ontario cemeteries, Irish records, and a trip to Iceland. Gordon was predeceased by his parents Della and Fred McMahon.

He will be greatly missed by his brother Terry, sister in law Marie, and nieces Nancy, Jennifer and Megan, as well as their spouses and children. He was a quiet man, living a quiet life.

A private family service will be held. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Gordon McMahon, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Loranne Kelly (902) Cozart :

    So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. He was a true, kind, considerate gentleman. He will be missed in the building. Loranne

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  2. Thanks for letting me know of Gordon’s passing.
    I want to express my sincere sympathies to you and your families
    Gordon’s and I go back to 1952 when we both worked together on the CPR.
    There were a few years our paths did not cross but 25 years ago we connected again
    and renewed our friendship and when ever we were in Calgary we would meet for supper somewhere
    and often stayed at his place.
    Once again I will miss our visits with Gordon he was always a friend.
    Thankyou for passing this sad news on to me.

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  3. Thora Smaller :

    It was always nice to have a visit from Gordon here in Ontario. His travel stories and new information about the family history were always interesting, often fun and could be thought provoking. Thanks to Gordon and his digging I know more about our family roots than I ever would have. My thoughts are with all of you. Thora

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  4. Lindsay Moir :

    I am so sorry to hear of Gordon’s death. As a librarian in Glenbow’s Library and Archives, I enjoyed working with him for many years. He was indeed a quiet man, but he also had a finely developed sense of the ironic, and a subtle sense of humour. He was a faithful and dedicated volunteer, and we were all sorry when he retired. My condolences to his family.

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  5. Gerry and Karen Brown :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time.

    Gordon was very well respected at the Park and it was my pleasure to work with him.

    Gerry Brown (engineer)

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  6. Roberta Ryckman :

    Gordon was a special person. When he was working on the CPR Land Sales database in the Glenbow Archives, we would talk about some of the places he came across in the huge land sale registers. Since I grew up in southern Ontario and many settlers came from there. We would try and decipher the names of people in the registers. We would run into each other at antique shows and talk about the collectibles we found. I would see him on the train at Heritage Park. I have fond memories of Gordon … his unique sense of humour and his kindness. My condolences to his family.

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  7. Larry Buchan :

    Sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing away, I remember him when he was the operator at Alyth yard from the 1970s until his retirement, and got to know him better over the years working at Heritage Park, and at the Glenbow Museum and Archives where I used to see him quite often.

    Larry Buchan

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