Final Face Off - Gordie Stratton
On July 3, 2015 after a courageous fight, Gordie (Dad), surrounded by his loving family, is now at peace. Gordie will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Inez. Left to cherish his memory are his four girls; Sandee Deck (Mike), Sheri Johnson (Grant), Shannon Kohut, and Samantha Michaluk (Tony). Gordie's pride and joy were his grandchildren; Dustin ( Shirley), Devon, Danielle (Jeff), Jennifer (Trevor), Matthew, Joshua, Jessica, Maggie and Brady. Gordie's most recent 'hat trick' is his three great-granddaughters Claire, Mackenzie and Zoey. Gordie was one of fourteen children of Ernest and Margaret Stratton. He continued close relationships with many of his siblings especially Eva, Margaret, Linda, Doug and Bruce. Gordie's stories will live on with numerous family and friends. Gordie is predeceased by his infant daughter Tanis, his parents Ernest and Margaret, and his son-in-law Glen Kohut. Also by siblings Ernie, Rose, Pearl, Donnie, Harold, and Freddie. Gordie grew up in Arborg, moving to Winnipeg as a young teen. Here he met his forever love, Inez. Family was always number one throughout a successful hockey career and life. Upon retiring from hockey, Gordie worked for the MLCC for many years eventually transferring to Gimli up until his retirement. The pinnacle of his career was being inducted into The Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007. Gordie's milestone was celebrated with many family members and friends. Gordie enjoyed days at the beach, walks with Inez and Checkers, and stories around the campfire. Special thanks to Gimli Betel Home for providing excellent compassionate care for Gordie in his final days - you are his angels! A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on July 9, 2015 at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church on 7th Avenue, Gimli, MB. In lieu of flowers, please support the 'Stratton Six' team for the Gimli Parkinson's Superwalk 2015. In Gordie's memory, please go to www.parkinsonsuperwalk.ca to sponsor our team prior to September 2015. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 07, 2015