At Wingham & District Hospital on Monday, July 12, 2021, Bob Gordon of Belgrave passed away at the age of 78.
Bob will be remembered for his wit and sense of humour, but most of all for his talent in making wooden tractors after he lost his vision 28 years ago. He loved the challenge of making tractors that Ertl did not make. Bob had the unique talent of converting in his brain the measurement of a large tractor to 1/16 scale. He delighted in showing and talking about his tractors to anyone who came to the house. Also, he took pleasure in speaking to groups explaining how he made his tractors. Speaking was something Bob never would have thought about doing before he lost his vision. Many of Bob’s tractors are all over the world.
Bob was an accomplished finished carpenter and built the house he lived in for 44 years. He never let his blindness keep him from travelling. The year Bob lost his vision, he was supposed to go to Switzerland. His blindness didn’t stop him and soon he was off to visit a long-time friend of Bob’s in Switzerland. Scotland, Alaska, Costa Rica, Cuba, Jamaica and many other Caribbean countries were also enjoyed.
Left to mourn are Bob’s loving wife of almost 55 years, Ruth; son Robert (Lori) and daughter Margie (Matt) along with grandchildren Robbie, Jefferson and Clarissa Gordon and Axel and Revel Beck. He was a brother-in-law to Jim (Doris) Taylor, Joyce (John) Thompson and Doreen (Jack) Mali. Bob was predeceased by his father, mother and brother.
A private family graveside service will be held at Wingham Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Diabetes Association would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.
Online condolences at www.mcburneyfuneralhome.com