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"VIB" 2006 Obituary


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VIBERT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2006-05-04 published
BADGER, D. Gordon
Gordon passed away unexpectedly but peacefully while napping in a little stone cottage in beautiful rural Ireland, a land he truly loved, on his septuagenarian elopement and honeymoon vacation with his new bride, Marilyn WEIR. Tragically, Marilyn has had their happiness together cut far too short. Gordon never wasted any time - he knew there might not be a tomorrow and lived each and every day with gusto. Great friend, mentor and presence to so many. Larger than life character with an intellect, enthusiasm and energy that touched a broad spectrum of people in many ways. Missed by a host including the children he loved; Storey, Matthew, Lawrie and Gregg; their mothers Marilyn (McFATRIDGE) and Heather (JACKSON;) grandchildren Hartley and Spencer VIBERT and Will and Sydney BADGER; and in-laws Matthew VIBERT and Kate HUNTER- BADGER. Pre-deceased by his loving daughter Martha, wife of many years Vicky (MacCAUSLAND,) sister Donna Marie ABERLE and parents Donald and Edith BADGER. Born in Cayuga, Ontario May 8, 1936. Chartered Accountant (Clarkson and Gordon) and entrepreneur extraordinaire, 'Badge' had a colorful career that included the founding of Homemakers Digest and most recently real estate development in Florida, with countless adventures in between. He never stopped and was enjoying some of his best successes recently. Gordon had a wonderful ability to embrace life and enjoy it thoroughly. He did so in the comfort of his home in Creemore Ontario where he weighed in generously and meaningfully on community issues; recently in Melbourne, Florida where he was doing business with the enthusiasm of a youngster; in the Domincan Republic where he also made a home and embraced the people there who loved and respected him and to whom he showed the generosity of a true Santa Claus; and the cottage where he perhaps enjoyed life with family and Friends most on Playfair Island, Lake Joseph. He created an environment there that became the foundation for the family. With all of this in his life, and the prospect of sharing it in his sunset years with his new love, he died truly happy. He was a wonderfully unique character, a raconteur who entertained and delighted all. He has left us alone, and we will grieve, but his spirit will remain in our hearts forever. A service will be held for Friends and family at Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. West, Toronto on Monday, May 8, 2006 (his 70th birthday) at 4: 30 p.m. More importantly, the major celebration of his life that he directed include martinis and good wine will take place at the Badger Hill farm near Creemore on Saturday, June 24 with tee-offs for those who wish to golf on Badger Downs starting at 2 p.m. Friends should please mark you calendars for then and let a family member know if you need directions or help with accommodation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mustard Seed Communities, Inc, (www.mustardseed.com) in favour of their Dominican Republic facility in the name of Gordon and Martha Badger (c/o Gregg BADGER, 501 Russell Hill Rd., Toronto M5P 2T1 if desired).

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