Gone much too soon

Gord was only 55, an amazing brother, father, husband, son and friend.  The community here has been wonderful ... this past weekend, a harvest brigade showed up to help get the soybeans off.  Those glorious sunshine-filled days we had Saturday and Sunday - friends showed up with their combines, trucks, tractors & grain buggies and got all of our soybeans harvested - more than 500 acres.  It was a wonderful demonstration of the power of our small communities, there for each other, especially when times are really tough.   

If you happened to be in Ridgetown this past Wednesday just after 2pm, it was not a rumoured protest of any type - it was the funeral procession moving from McKinlay's Funeral Home to the reception at the Legion.   Truly, I did hear later that there was some sort of huge protest going on - no - it was just friends and family, celebrating a life, love and laughter taken much too soon.  

The "Harvest Brigade"

Gord's obituary - written by Jen!

Gordon Edward Woods
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
McKinlay Funeral Home

Funeral Service
1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
McKinlay Funeral Home

Memorial Donations
Heart & Stroke Foundation
Canadian Cancer Society 
WOODS: Gordon Edward (September 27, 1956 – October 29, 2011) - It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Edward Woods on the 29th day of October, 2011. This courageous, brave man fought a battle against cancer and passed in the home he so proudly designed, surrounded by loved ones who will miss him so dearly. This Steward of the Soil was born and raised a farmer, and in his last hours he hoped that he gave enough to the community and worked hard enough so that his legacy will be forever remembered. Not only was he an amazing farmer, he was an incredibly generous, caring and inspirational husband, son, father, grandfather and brother who will never be forgotten. We will carry on your legacy and will always wish your tractor never ran out of fuel. Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories are his soulmate, wife and best friend Yvonne, his effervescent daughter Jennifer, and his hardworking son Timothy Woods who will carry on his legacy. Tim’s wife Liza, grandchild Austin (Spike) and baby on the way will miss ‘Grampa Gord’ forever. His loving parents, Ed and Joyce Woods, and caring sisters Linda McLaren (Don) and Barb DeCook (Albert), along with the rest of his ever-growing extended families will always hold you up on the pedestal where you belong. Gord made a lasting impression on anyone he came into contact with. We will always remember him for the heartfelt and humourous man he was, and always will be. We love you forever. Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 76 Main Street East, Ridgetown on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 with Rev. Mary Elford officiating. Donations made in memory of Gord to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com. Me and You, Forever.