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HUSSEY, Gorham Wood

July 14, 1931 – December 19, 2018

With sadness Gorham’s family announces his passing at Carewest Sarcee Hospice in Calgary, Alberta after a short illness. We weep that our beloved husband, father and grandfather cannot be physically beside us, but we will always hold him close in our hearts and memories. Mary Jane, his beloved wife of 61 years, and Peter, his son, were with him as he passed. His immediate family: sons Brian (Elizabeth), (Winky) Andrew (Kathleen) and grandchildren Luke, Duncan, Clarkie and Clementine were with in him in spirit. His immediate and extended family gave him joy, sustenance and purpose his whole life.

Gorham was born in Bangor, Maine and is the son of Serena and Frank Hussey. Growing up in the potato farming area of Maine provided him with a direction for a life plan. He grew up in Presque Isle, Maine and attended local schools. Later he graduated from Phillips Academy in Massachusetts, University of Maine /Orono, Maine, Harvard Business School and Purdue University, Indiana PhD in the field of Agricultural Economics.

His professional career was in the business world as a participant in the task of bringing protein food products from the farms of North America to the tables of people in the United States and Canada. In that role he worked in management positions for various food companies and in different locations from Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey, Iowa to Minnesota. In 1985 his work brought him to Calgary along with his wife and youngest son Andrew. Following his tenure as president of Excel Foods he entered the consulting phase of his career. He helped establish the marketing efforts for Canadian bison meat in Canada, Europe and the United States.

His life was also shaped by his faith as a Unitarian Universalist. Moving about as he did for his professional life allowed him to be a member of many different Unitarian churches. His longest tenure of membership was with the Unitarian Church of Calgary (33 years). His personal values led him to work for social justice and a sustainable world. He firmly believed that one needs to enter the world of service to others, and in turn that experience will bring one fulfillment of purpose.

Gorham and Mary Jane fell in love with Calgary, Alberta and Canada. The decision to remain here for the pleasures and experiences of retirement was easy to make. Gorham found much to enjoy in those years: UCC vegetable garden, working with a UCC garden therapy project and helping support the Green Party in Alberta to name just a few. He and Mary Jane traveled to some exciting places that they had always dreamed about. In fact, Gorham often joked about needing to retire from retirement.

A service of Celebration and Gratitude for Gorham’s life will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Unitarian Church of Calgary at 1703 1st Street NW, Calgary, AB T2M 4P4, reception to follow. Donations in Gorham’s memory can be directed to either: Calgary Unitarian Church/ Endowment Trust Fund: 1703 1st Street N.W. Calgary AB T2P 4P4, or Alberta Wilderness Association: https://www.AlbertaWilderness.ca/donate Calgary Health Trust: www.calgaryhealthtrust.org/donate. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gorham Hussey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Mary Jane, my condolences on Gorham’s passing. If there is anything you need, please let Jan or me know.
    You and Gorham have been wonderful neighours for many years.

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  2. Mary Jane and Hussey Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolences. Woody had a huge impact on my life in the 25 years that I have known him, as well as many other mutual acquaintances. His optimism and sense of humour was contagious. On top of many things we occasionally liked to talk US or Canadian politics and current events. May he Rest In Peace.

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  3. Mary Jane and the Hussey family,

    My heartfelt sympathy to you. Woody was a great friend , a great conversationalist, and and sense humour. He was a man of faith and example for many people.

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  4. Carolyn Ormsbee :

    Mary Jane,
    What I loved most about Gorham was his genuine curiosity of the people and the world around him. That curiosity had a warmth to it that invited strangers to open up about their experiences. For me especially, I will miss the friendly banter we shared on US politics and our alma mater. I send my blessings.

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  5. Vanessa & Terry :

    To Many Jane and family

    I am sorry to hear of Gorham’s passing. He was the genuine article. You could not pass him without a hug and a conversation. He will be missed.

    Vanessa & Terry

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  6. Penny and Ian Clipperton :

    Dear Mary Jane and family:
    Sincere condolences on behalf of Ian and myself. Gorham welcomed us to the Unitarian church on our first visit. He took an interest in Ian and was very pleased at the efforts made toward his church membership. He was such a lovely person. I am so glad we had the privilege of knowing him and we will miss him very much.

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  7. It is with great sadness that we extend our caring and loving thoughts of sympathy to the entire Gorham Hussey family.
    Gorham always inspired us, his life made an impact on all of our lives. He will be remembered by his quick wit, compassion, kind heart and fun spirit.
    My late husband Buzz so admired his older brother, Gorham. They engaged in weekly telephone conversations and kept in close contact throughout the many years.
    The Nashville Husseys offer their deepest condolences and share in your loss.
    Extending our heartfelt love to all of you.

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  8. Sending all love to you, Mary Jane as the next chapter in your life begins. You were such an enormous part of Gorham’s love and life. I always admired your marriage and partnership. See you next week.

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  9. Nancy Adelman :

    Through good times and not so good times, you’re relationship endured. In modern metaphor, you persevered. I love you and will always remember Gorham with great affection. 61 years is not trivial!

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  10. Serena Caperonis :

    So sorry for your loss, Mary Jane. We loved Gorham and his sense of humor. Such fun for all the Hayes to know him throughout the years. We enjoyed hearing from him around his birthday when he reminded us of his fondness for our mom, his Aunt Tud. Our love to you and Brian, Peter, and Andrew and families.
    Serena Hayes Caperonis

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  11. Mary Jane and Family – our condolences on the passing of your dear Gorham.
    We so much enjoyed our dining-room discussions with you and Gorham and his
    inner self was always bursting to do a “one up”! His photo confirms the strength of
    the man he was.
    Best Regards
    Gene and Wes Stephens

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  12. Harry Patrick :

    We feel , Blessed To have known Gorham, (Woody) for past 32 years. Our Thoughts And Prayers are with Mary Jane and Their Family.

    Harry & Grace Patrick, Calgary

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  13. Dennis Barratt :

    In times of tears, remember the laughter.
    In times of sadness, remember the smiles.
    In times of loneliness, remember all you shared.
    Hope it helps you to know you’ll have those
    loving memories forever and that “Woody” is now
    at peace in God’s Garden.

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  14. Joseph L. Snider :

    Dear Mary Jane,
    I was saddened to read Gorham’s obituary in today’s (January 12) Bangor Daily News. I always enjoyed talking with him at family get-togethers over the years, though our paths crossed rarely during our adult lives. The last time I think was when you and he visited Southwest Harbor years ago. I admired his warmth, good sense and sincerity. I wish you all the best in your new life.
    Love,
    Joe

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  15. Kimberly King :

    I had the honour of knowing Gorham through the Green Sanctuary Committee at the Unitarian Church. Such a kind, giving man, had great stories to tell and always willing to listen to mine. He gave me support at a time I needed it most and will be forever grateful. My deepest condolences to Mary Jane and his family.

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  16. Mark Hambridge :

    I met Gorham through his interest in the late lamented Calgary West Green Party of Canada. He impressed me with his interest in social justice and the environment, through ‘being there’ for others who were able to be more active. I will miss him and his interest in the welfare of our planet and society.

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