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“GOD is GOOD without the O” Gord Sharpe
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce Gord Sharpe, the man who was grateful for all he had and could do, was unexpectedly taken from us on April 29, 2022 at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Gord, the man who never said anything bad about anyone left his deeply loved wife Claudia Langlois far too soon. He left his son, Colin Seger Sharpe, in love and pride, as well as his father, Garry Sharpe (Nancy)with love and care. Gord has gone to be with his mother Brenda Sharpe (nee McCutchen) and he will become one of those angels who will watch over us.
Gord began his life in Cobourg. He was a natural athlete who enjoyed all games and sports, especially hockey. Playing on various local sport teams including the Cobourg Cougars, competition between the local community teams brought camaraderie, laughter, good times and great friendships. Memories of these events will continue to be shared by many. As soon as he was put in skates, Gord was a hockey player. Gord loved hockey, and he was good at it. He received a full athletic hockey scholarship to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York and attended from 1981-1985. As a three-time NCAA Hockey Honour Roll and Team M.V.P. he was appointed Team Captain. In 1985, Gord attended Boston Bruins NHL Training Camp and played a few exhibition games for the Bruins. He continued to play this passionate sport in the British League. Clarkson coach Bill O’Flaherty said, “Gord held a special place in his heart, as a person and a player. He had magnetism that drew others to him.”
Gord managed to make everyday events come alive through his witty character and kind ways. He wanted to see everyone succeed in what they were good at. Gord believed that everyone always deserved a fresh start. Mistakes were part of life. Gord was a person who followed and created inspirational quotes to make life fulfilling and to overcome challenges. “Sometimes life kicks you in the face, and all I can say is there is hope and a reason - and being here is it!” Gord Sharpe.
Gord was a thinker, and a prankster who loved to have fun. On a whim, Gord could create a game for everyone to participate in and have belly laughs. He was the designer of “Arrive Alive” Board Game and author of “The First Book of 50 Party Games”. All to be used responsibly for entertainment. Gord took the opportunities to make life fulfilling. Cheers to Gord.
Gord was a devoted father to his son Colin Sharpe. Gord was committed to his son. He loved attending all of Colin’s events and he was so very proud of everything Colin did. Gord enjoyed teaching Colin hockey and inspired him to be his best. Gord also enjoyed taking Colin fishing, tubing, skiing and camping when Colin was a child, and as an adult their bond continued in friendship and sharing like interests. He was a good dad, teaching Colin many important lessons.
Gord enjoyed visits with his dad and Garry’s cat Smokey. They would watch games of golf and check and compare their golf pool, always curious about who picked the winner. The competition followed through to every other sport. Whenever Garry called, Gord was there. Gord was a son to be proud of.
Gord was loved by many family members and they too will miss him.
Gord’s life in Gores Landing with his wife, Claudia, did not involve hockey. They created a life that was together and independent, as each supported one another to follow dreams. Words cannot describe their loving journey full of spontaneous adventures, quiet time at home, and moments with fantastic friends. Rice Lake was very important to Gord. He enjoyed having Claudia paddle him in a canoe around Rice Lake. Gord swam in the lake from early May until November, and if the lake were frozen, he and Claudia would walk on it. Year round, Gord welcomed friends to share drinks and stories at the RV on the shore, be it sunrise or sunset. Gord had many interests involving the outdoors. Gord respected Claudia and her love of all creatures. He saw that each living being has a purpose. Gord accepted everyone as they are. Gord was a marvellous husband.
Despite having suffered a severe injury to his neck and shoulder, Gord’s attitude towards life remained vibrant. He focused on healing and his well being. Gord used Jack Burger Sports Complex for hydrotherapy during which he met many wonderful and supportive friends. Gord shared the challenges of others, and the blessings of good health were appreciated. Gord also enjoyed long hikes with his canine companions Cole and grand-puppy Lenny. Before Cole and the grand-puppy Lenny came, Gord’s favourite companion was Rocky. Together they would drive in the silver Mitsubishi Spyder convertible with the top down, wind in their hair and fur, as they shared the car’s license plate HOPE4ALL with every community. Gord always had an abundance of loving pets to share the couch with, and watch the game.
“HOPE4ALL is more than a license plate, it’s a direction to enjoy.” Gord Sharpe
Gord’s Great-Uncle Melville Rutherford, from Lindsay, passed onto Gord a hickory hockey stick carved between 1852-1856. This valuable piece of hockey history, and other Clarkson Knights memorabilia can be viewed at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mr. Sharpe will be missed by the many students and families past and present, who became familiar with his visits to Northumberland Montessori School. It was a treasure to observe Gord create a positive ambiance of intrigue, laughter, and excitement amongst the children. Gord’s blue eyes sparkled with mischief and people responded.
Gord’s life was private, his time was short, his love was deep. His genuineness was apparent. Gord’s motto was HOPE4ALL. Everyone will miss his constant, supportive presence, his silly pranks, impulsive surprises and the generosity that he still had to share with each person he encountered. Greatly missed will be the daily words of “I love you.” Some people pursue happiness, Gord created it. He loved us all, unconditionally.
There will be a service and celebration of life held at a later date.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. I knew Gord as childhood friend when they lived on Mathew Street in Cobourg. Many road hockey games were played in front of his house with all the neighborhood kids. His mother would always be there to give out homemade cookies. My brother (Bob) also gone now was very good friends with Gord. Gone way to soon but may he rest in peace now. May your memories be of comfort to you during this very difficult time.
Prayers and thoughts are with the family Bob and Susan Clement
Garry So sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You probably don’t remember me. But it was through you that I met David Ewart and became the manager of his agency. May your son Rest In Peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time my aunt jo thought so much of him RIP
I am so sorry to here of your loss Garry. I remember babysitting him. What a sweetheart he was then and obviously as he aged. Carol and I am deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Take care Garry.
Claudia an family. So sad to hear of Gords passing It was an honour to have know him Our thoughts an prayers are with you Claudia love Chris an Harry
Claudia,you and your family and in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Remembering the fun times we had together at The Oassis Hugs Chris & Harry
Dear Claudia, I'm a volunteer at the Primrose Donkey Sanctuary where we have met several times, although not working on the same days. I was sorry to hear of Gord's death. Losing a partner is hard to come to terms with. I wish you strength to accept what has happened and hope that the days ahead get easier. I'm sure the donkeys and mules will help you to be strong. They have a way of knowing who needs them the most. You are in my thoughts. Wendy Lilly
Sending our condolences to the Sharpe family. It was a shock to hear of Sharpe’s passing, I have many great memories of playing hockey, knocking down some beverages and sharing a laugh around the dart or shuffle board at Kelly’s! Trips to Clarkson! I feel fortunate to have known Gord and witness his immense talent. May we meet again some day.. Cheers! Hopey
Our condolences to the Sharpe family. We were shocked and sorry to learn of Gord's death. His light will shine forever!
Claudia our thoughts and prayers are with you and Gord’s family at this time.
Claudia, I was so very sorry to learn of Gord's death - a wonderful spirit taken far too soon. Although we didn't have much contact over the years, you very kindly invited Blake and me to your lovely wedding. We were very new to the village and it was one of the first occasions we had to meet the community at large - it was a marvellous day! My sincere condolences to you and your family. Gord will be sorely missed by many but never forgotten.
I,m in total shock hearing the news of Gord,s passing.My condolences go out to his family.Growing up in Cobourg being involved in sports I always admirded Gords athletic ability. Gord was a fantastic guy and a peoples person easily approachable and easy to talk to.I remember having bkft at Rhinos just a couple years ago and he was sitting in there with his shades on.. after bkft he approached me said Bill Scott.. I said Gord how are you..we had a great little chat about how his life was going.He truly loved his wife & son and the Gores Landing area...RIP Gord
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
St. George's Anglican Church, Gores Landing
My condolences to the Sharpe family. Such sad news. Reading this notice brings back so many memories. When I moved to Cobourg as a teenager Gord was one of the first friends I made. And what a friend he was, his love of life, a good prank, quick wit, and amazing abilities in sport were something to behold. Rest in peace Gord, your friend, "Smoothie".
Claudia, Garry and family sincere condolences on Gord's passing. I enjoyed Gord as an athlete and a friend, gone too soon but never forgotten. Sincere condolences Claudia, Garry and family. I always enjoyed Gord as an athlete and friend. Gone too soon but never Forgotten. RIP Gord
To the Sharpe Family: Sorry to learn of Gord passing on, having known Gord for many years he was always a great person, he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Sorry for your loss Claudia....Sharpie was an excellent guy! Mush
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
St. George's Anglican Church, Gores Landing
Dear Claudia, Colin, Garry & family, My heart truly breaks for you all. Gord was such a special person and I always loved touching base with you two, Claudia, at St. George's Chapel, in Gore's Landing. He brought so much joy to my parents, too, which I am so grateful for. Sending love and prayers to you all at this sad time. Jen xoxoxo
Claudia my heart aches for you and your loss. I am hopeful that your faith, family, & friends will provide you comfort, & that your abundance of love for nature and all it's beauty will keep you warm. He will be missed. ♥️
Earliest memory of Gordie Sharpe was a Layton Dodge pic of him in the Sentinel Star as a 10 or 12 yo holding up a puck signifying having scored 50 goals! I came to know Gord Sharpe the cute, hell raising young man, with hockey dreams, and then Sharpie the well loved, thoughtful, fun adult … and it’s impossible to believe he’s gone. Our deepest condolences to Claudia, Colin, Garry, and all his many friends. He will be missed.
Sincere condolences to you dear Garry and to Gord’s wife and son. I’m still missing Merle and vividly remembering her with, then “little Gordie” down at the Little Lake cottage teaching him how to play cards and board games. I’m so sorry he died so young…Lynda
Our deepest condolences to the Sharpe Family 🕊
Claudia,Colin and Garry .So sorry to hear of Gords passing. Our condolences to all of Gords family.
Claudia, Colin & The Sharpe Family, So very sorry to hear of Gord's passing, although we hadn't talked since he left Clarkson, I still vividly remember his blonde 1980's hockey hair flowing out of the back of his helmet. Always smiling, funny funny guy, helluva hockey player and a great teammate. I hope all of your great memories get you through these tough days.
Our deepest condolences to the Sharpe family. Barry and I worked with Gord at Brookside Youth Center. Also had many conversations at the pool in the Port Hope Community Center. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Gord.
My sincere condolences to Claudia, Garry & family. Claudia, my heart goes out to you losing your life partner Gord. He was a fellow classmate in high school, loving his hockey then. He was a great supporter to you & your Montessori school for many years as my son attended. I know you both treasure your peaceful life at beautiful Gore's Landing & Rice Lake. May you have lots of wonderful memories to cherish & keep you strong. Kind regards, Karen Chalovich
Claudia - So sorry to hear of Gord's passing. Always loved chatting (and laughing) with him when we crossed paths. He will be missed but never forgotten. Hugs to you and the family.
Sorry to hear of Gord's passing...I did know him from the pool in Port Hope and from Gores Landing. Hugs Judy
Gord got me with more than one prank and I enjoyed them all. Most I've never forgotten. Just about killed me when he convinced me to try his short skis at Brimacombe. Worked with me for years which he made into fun time. Wished I could have laughed with him still more. Gord
Claudia sending you my sincerest condolences on the loss of your husband. Keep those memories and love you have for each other in your heart. As you move forward on your journey remember you now have a very special angel to keep a close watch on everyone whom he loved dearly. Love and prayers to you and your whole family ❤️
Claudia, Gary and family. So sorry to here about the passing of Gord. He will be missed, in so many ways and by so many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dear Claudia, Garry & Colin, We wish to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of Gordie, taken all too soon. He was a wonderful family member and our thoughts are with you. RIP🌹 John, Perveen, William, Dana & Michael
Dear Sharpe Families, Gord grew up playing hockey, going to school and hanging out with my oldest brother. Gord lived only a couple of blocks away from us so was at our house often. He was always a very nice, genuine guy whom I'm sure will be missed by many. Sending my sincere condolences, Michelle Wright ( Diminie)
My deepest condolences to the Sharpe family he was a great friend and co-worker for over 50 years and will definitely be missed but never forgotten. Woody
Claudia and Colin I am so sorry to hear about Gord. He was a big brother to me and I’ll never forget him, always making sure I was never left behind even when I was a pain in the ass. I’ll never forget those childhood memories.My sincerest condolences ❤️
Whenever I was able to speak with him I learned some new fact about his very interesting life- he was never bragging, it just came up naturally in conversation. I will miss his creative teasing of Claudia and the laughs he always brought to our visits. My heart goes out to Gord’s family and friends.
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Ronald McDonald House
My sincere condolences to the family at this very sad time. May the happy memories of Gord, sustain you in your loss, in all the days ahead. Suzanne Lanctot
Claudia my deepest condolences on your loss. Thinking of you.
I will certainly miss seeing Gord here and there but will really miss seeing him at the Jack Burger Sports Complex where we swam nearly everyday. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Our condolences to Gord's family and friends.
The above tribute notice could not have been better written. Condolences to Claudia, Garry, Colin, and all Gord's friends and family.
Please accept our condolences for your loss of Gord. Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends.
Dear Claudia, Colin and Garry Linda and I wish to express our deepest sympathy on the loss of Gord, taken all too soon. Like you we all have our memories which we hold close to our hearts, to help us deal with this shock. May God grant you strength in the knowledge that Gordie is resting in peace. Love always, Linda and Dave
Dear Claudia We did not know Gord but wish we had in different circumstances. Our condolences are with you. Please touch base with us.
Sincere Condolences to Claudia and families-- will miss you Bud RIP Gord
I am sorry to be reading of Gordie's passing. He was so connected to many in his life for many reasons. I remember him as young boy coming into Sommerville's for his hockey gear. I watched him grow up and he was one who matured in a beautiful way. He was a happy soul and always had a smile. He was a living lesson on how to live a good life. My thoughts are with the family, I am glad you have many happy memories to look back on.
Very sorry to hear. Remember fondly reconnecting in Vancouver during 2010. He will join both our moms ( sisters Joan and Brenda) .
Our dad's owned mens wear stores in Cobourg when we were growing up. Although l had not seen Gord in many years l remember him as a polite and friendly young man. I was lucky enough to meet up with him before covid at the pool in Port Hope. We did lots of reminiscing about our dads and their stores. Gary, Claudia and Colin l am so so sorry for your loss.
Ted and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We will always keep Gord in our hearts. Take care Claudia and Colin.
I am so sorry to hear that Gord has left us. I had fairly recently met him at the Jack Burger Complex while swimming and had some very pleasant chats with him. I had been wondering why he hadn't been there recently. He was a very nice man.
Garry & Sharpe family , sending my condolences
So sorry to hear of Gord’s early passing. I’m happy he had a life full of love and happiness. My condolences to his family and loved ones
I met Gord several years ago at the Jack Burger pool. I'm going to miss my swim buddy. He was a great friend....a fine man. My sincere condolences to his family.
Claudia, Colin and Garry…so very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Gord. Hold tight to your memories, may they bring you solace in the days ahead. Our condolences to you all.
Gord was one of Rob’ closest friends growing up. We, too, are reliving so many many memories. Claudia, Colin and Gary, our thoughts are with you and the sudden loss of Gord.
What a beautiful and well articulated notice! Sharpie was one of those special people you meet who truly got better with time. Its like he grew into the person he wanted to be. Always a pleasure to run into and catch up with a chat and some laughable memories. You are admired and will be missed. Please accept my condolences Claudia (and family!), you two were truly happy and made for each other. So sorry, yet happy that you had the time together that you did. .... And, needless to say, one of the best hockey players I ever had the pleasure of playing with! RIP Gordon
That was such a wonderful obituary. I knew my pal Sharpie for our whole lives almost. From Mathew St. to now. We played sports, partied but more importantly shared so many laughs. Our sons played hockey against each other. I respected his personal growth and we could reminisce about the fun times and shared people we knew. I loved seeing him and Claudia and how happy they were. I am going to miss you Sharpie but you have left such a positive legacy for all if us to embrace. Until we meet again. Thanks Gord Burdick.
Claudia, Colin, Garry: Gone far too soon... When there is sadness, there is also a garden of memories.... Wishing you moments of peace and reflection... Gordie will always be remembered for his big wide grin & wink
Claudia, Garry and family, so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. Please accept our condolences.
How very sad to see this news. I haven't seen Gord in some time but have great memories working with him at BYC "back in the day". I worked my very first night shift with Gord in 1988 when we were both very new to the job. Much fun was had in those days. My deepest condolences to the family. RIP
My sincerest condolences on your loss.
I was very saddened to hear that Gord had passed away. Although I haven't seen him in many years, he was very much a part of my family growing up in the 60's. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Claudia, Thinking of you during this difficult time. Let me know if there is anything I can do for you. Take Care! Julie
Claudia & family ...please accept my sincere condolences for your loss of your loved one. Gone far too soon. Treasure your wonderful memories!
I always thought of Gord as kid and in mind he remains so till I die. Ma and Paw are there to welcome him home although long before his time. My deepest sympathies to Gord’s family and many many friends.
Garry and family You have our sorrows .
Claudia, Colin and family- so very sorry to hear of Gord's passing. Much too young and will be missed.