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WILLDIG, Gordon Arthur

September 1, 1927 – Calgary, AB
October 4, 2014 – Airdrie, AB

Gordon Arthur Willdig passed away suddenly on October 4, 2014, at the age of 87.

Gordon was born in Calgary on September 1, 1927. He lived and worked on his family farm in Keoma for more than eighty years and raised four children with his wife Gladys of sixty-three years (deceased July 2014).

Gordon loved the land and he was a devoted farmer who took great pride in watching his crops grow, to become a successful harvest. He and Gladys were very active members of the community and were always willing to volunteer and participate in community groups and functions involving the church, KIK Seniors and Pioneer Acres. Gordon was always ready and willing to help out a neighbour in need.

In his spare time, Gordon enjoyed pursuing his interest in unique aircraft, never turning down an opportunity to fly in one.

Left to mourn his loss are his children Brian (Ibi) of Calgary, Mark (Wendy) of Didsbury, Susan (Murray) of Edson and Ian (Jennifer) of Keoma. Gordon is also survived by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Gladys Elliott.

At Gordon’s request, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Gordon Willdig, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100

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  1. Wendy Contant :

    To all the family…we send our sincere condolences on the loss of your dear Gordon and recent loss of sweet Gladys. I used to talk with him at Bethany when my mother was living there but also when mom lived at Fletcher. He was such a dear kind man. It was wonderful to see the deep love they shared when he was at Bethany looking after your mom. They are resting peacefully in each others arms once again.

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  2. Pauline & Dale Allsop and Family :

    Our deepest condolences to the Gordon Willdig family in the loss of your father, grandfather and great grandfather…he will be missed greatly. We always enjoyed a visit with Gordon and Gladys over a cup of tea and cookies….our last visit was at Fletcher Village where they enjoyed their nice little condo together….Gordon loved to chat about family and past memories. He knew so much about farming and airplanes, it was educational to hear him talk. We loved his great smile and laugh…what a great couple Gladys and Gordon were….I am happy to have had the opportunity to have them be a part of our lives…..please know we are thinking about you all in your time of sorrow…..

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  3. Corinne Tansowny :

    I was very saddened to hear the passing of my dear Gordon. I loved having them as a residents at Fletcher Village. I have many fond memories, I hope you are all remembering yours at this difficult time. Thinking of you all, he was so proud of you.

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  4. John and Edie Cole :

    The shock of Gordon’s death is beginning to be real. We shall all miss him. He was such a dedicated and faithful husband in his care and love for Gladys. Altho our friendship was brief we shall always cherish the time spent with both Gord and Gladys. Our sympathy goes to the family in the loss of their beloved parents.

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  5. May it comfort all of you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    He was a wonderful man and was dearly loved here in Fletcher Village as was Gladys.
    May he rest in Peace.

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  6. So sorry to the family of Gordon. We bowled together several years in Airdrie and he was a very friendly and nice man. I will miss him.

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