Gordon Fenn

Gordon Cecil James Fenn

Sunday, June 10th, 1928 - Wednesday, August 26th, 2020
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Fenn, Gordon Cecil James

After a short illness, Gordon passed away peacefully at home with family and his friend by his side on Wednesday August 26, 2020 at 92 years of age. He leaves the love of his life, Ruth Louisa Fenn after 70 years of marriage, his daughters Patricia (Joe) Whitmore, Barbara (Paul) Watts and Donna (the late Patrick) McCarthy. Cherished grandfather of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his son David and granddaughter Lanette Whitmore.

Gordon was a loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved giving speeches and playing his harmonica at family functions which will forever be remembered and treasured. Gordon's love and dedication to his wife Ruth was evident in his weekly visits to her at her Long Term Care residence where she lives battling Alzheimer’s. These bi-weekly visits to her provided a purpose for his life until Covid struck. He still continued a weekly FaceTime visit with her which inspired his soul and love for Ruth. The family witnessed a miracle on August 26th, also the date of their 70th wedding anniversary, when Gordon and Ruth expressed their love for the last time via FaceTime shared by their three daughters shortly before his passing.

Gordon was a blacksmith by trade for over 50 years until his retirement. He passed on his legacy to two of his son-in-laws, Joe, the late Patrick, and his grandson Mike. His craft was his passion and in his last days, we could see him hammering on the shoes for the horses.

His 60 years of dedication to Masonry was his lifelong passion. Gordon was granted the William Mercer Wilson Award; an honour bestowed on special Masons for volunteering and dedication to their craft.

Gordon cherished the time spent with his special friends who brought him food and treats and spent many hours visiting him.

A special thank you to the Palliative team of SRT and our family doctor, Dr. Robert Doherty for his kindness, compassion and support during this time.

Due to Covid restrictions, a private family service will be held at Roadhouse and Rose Funeral Home in Newmarket on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Interment at the Newmarket Cemetery will follow at a later date. Our family welcomes donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation , Alzheimer Society or the charity of your choice.

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    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 | 11:30am
    Sunday, August 30th, 2020 11:30am
    Roadhouse & Rose Funeral Home - Playter Chapel
    157 Main Street South
    Newmarket, Ontario L3Y 3Y9
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Wendy Ann Fairty

Posted at 12:42pm
Dear Mike, Cheryl, Donna & Family;
I am truly sorry to learn about your Father and Grandpa's passing.
Although, I was just a "little girl", at the time, I still recall many memorable events of Mr. Fenn coming to "shoe" my ponies! He took great delight in talking to me and discussing how he would make my pony/ponies feet, feel so much "better"! His excellent shoeing made my ponies and myself do very well in the show ring! I always looked forward to Mr. Fenn's return to the barn. He was a wonderful person, just like Pat, or as I always called him Patrick or Patty.
I miss them both but they are always with me, as I have their photo's in my Tack Room.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,
Wendy Ann Fairty

Barb Sharp

Posted at 12:18pm
Gordie you were one of a kind and you will be missed greatly by all who new you. You came into my life about 43 years ago when I was about 7 years old and you never changed a bit over the years. You were a fun, loving, family man that had an abundance of energy and a love for life. You always greeted me with a big squeeze that will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Gordie. I will miss you!!
Barb, Duncan & Matthew Sharp

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