In Memory Of GIBSON, Gordon James


Visitation Information

Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home
5301 Decarie Blvd.
Montreal, Quebec
April 17, 2019
17:00 - 19:00 /
GIBSON, Gordon James
After a year-long battle with two cancers, fought with courage and his characteristic determination, Gordon died peacefully on Thursday, April 11, with his family by his side.
He is missed and loved by his wife, Frances Algar, and his children, Alannah and James.
After retiring from a challenging and satisfying career in the brokerage business, Gordon was able to devote more time to his beloved music as drummer, band mate and sound engineer. Gordon was unconventional in most things and curious about all things. He loved Jaguars and RVs, Texas-style barbecue and smoked meat, Scotch and good draft beer, travel and camping in the Adirondacks – but above all, he loved his children and was fiercely proud of the interesting adults they have become.
We would like to thank the many caring health professionals and hospital staff we encountered over the past year who eased our journey in countless ways, big and small.
An informal gathering to remember Gordon will be held April 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home, 5301 Decarie (corner Isabella) (
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the cancer-fighting charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Messages for the Family of GIBSON, Gordon James

From: Sonia Ouellet

J'ai connu Gordon en 1989 à mon arrivée chez Lévesque Beaubien Geoffrion. Il était toujours de bonne humeur et très facile d'approche. Il a toujours eu LBG tatoué sur le cœur. C'était un collègue hors pair et un musicien hors pair. Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille.
From: Hilary Scuffell

Scott, Amy, Alison and I are deeply saddened to hear of Gordon's passing. Please know we are thinking of you at this difficult time .
From: Carolyne and Jillian Loth

Dear Frances, Alanah and James.
It is with great sadness that we learned the passing of Gordon.
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
Gordon will forever stay in our memories. He was such a gentle soul. It was a pleasure working with him.
With all our sympathies,
Carolyne and Jillian Loth.
From: Roland Gilbert (aka Rolly Gibb)

I was still a stranger for him , an other guy from the big family of musicians he met and played with. The last time I met him at his home., I felt he had a message of appreciation for me and my work with him. I have loved him, for such a short time and i broke into tears when I sat in my studio in front of the empty drum set. Gordon will be in me heart for ever. All my sympathies to the family.
From: Gordon Mansell

Our condolences to the family and friends. He was a great man that will be missed. Rest in peace Gordon.
Gordon and Missy
From: Mitchell Cohen

So sorry to hear this news. Although I haven't seen Gordon since the late 1970's, I have the fondest of memories of meeting him in 1968 at residence in McGill and making music together until Janice and I moved to Toronto in 1979. Gordon always kept the beat, steady and calm, thoughtful and fun, warm and wonderful to play with. Gordon gave me confidence to learn and grow as a musician. He was at the heart of The Willis Knight Trio with Donna and Esplanade with Susan and Kevin.

Much love. Mitchell Cohen
From: Donna Jacobs

To the family and friends of Gordon. It's been years since I have seen Gordon, but have wonderful memories of playing in a musical trio with him back in the 70's as our bassist. Always a smile, reliable, dependable, warm and talented. He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.
Donna Jacobs
From: David Crowe

Our thoughts are with you, Frances.
Love, David & Sylvie
From: julie crossman

I am heartbroken to hear this news. I had worked with Gordon at Banque Nationale and he was the kindest gentleman. My sincere condolences.
From: Roger Bednarchuk

I’ve known Gordon since my arrival at Lévesque Beaubien in 1987 and he as been one of the greats since the very beginning. He and I shared the love and knowledge of the music world and often brought it up in our conversations. Despite his stature in our work place, he treated myself and everybody around him as equals and with much respect and was a kind, gentle soul. My deepest sympathy to his family. May you rest in peace, Gordon.
From: Claire Panien

I feel so saddened to hear the news... Gordon was such a nice man and boss. I will always remember him as a calm, talented, visionary man and uncommon soul, whose level of French was so impressive.
It was such a pleasure working by his side, I am very grateful for everything he has taught me. If only there could be more Gordon on Earth...
Rest in peace Gordon, may you have some good blues where you go...
My sincere condolences to the family.
Claire Panien
From: Denis Marc Gagnon

Frances, Alannah and James,
Gorgon était et demeurera pour moi une personne d’exception.
De nombreuses discussions enrichissantes me reviennent en mémoire.
Mes plus sincères condoléances.

I knew Gordon many years ago in Paris, and I have not spoken with him since the mid 60's. But he was a great guy then and I am sure he always was. We will all miss him.
From: Bill Szawlowski

I am deeply saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing.

We worked together at Tempo Studios in the mid seventies.
As young driven individuals, music was our passion and nobody was going to tell us any different. We truly embraced every moment.

Recently I did have a chance to meet Frances and have a chat with Gordon. I am grateful for that moment.

To Gordon’s family and friends, from my family, our deepest sympathies.
He will be missed

Bill Szawlowski
From: Diane Moisan

Mes sincères condoléances à toute la famille. J'ai eu l'occasion de travailler avec Gordon et j'ai constaté que c'était une personne remarquable.
From: John Page

I knew Gordon only as a Vice President of the National Bank, and later as a director of PlanPlus. He was always such an absolute delight to see at a meeting. It was only the last time I saw him that I learned he was a musician. He told me how much joy music brought him.

He was a wonderful man. I love the picture of him that you chose for this occasion. It's how I will remember him. My sincere condolences for your enormous loss.

John Page
From: Azie Ishak

My heartfelt condolences to your family.
Although my meeting with Gordan is short, he give me the warm and pleasant vibe like fatherly type.

He is a great guy. Its such an honor to meet him and share some thoughts even for a short while.
Wish the family all the best.
From: Andrea Bobkowicz

Gordon was such a bright light early in my career at National Bank Financial. May his light continue to shine in our minds and hearts
From: normand paquet

Gordon mon ami repose en paix
et condoleances a tous ceux
qui etaient pres de toi et qui t aimait
From: Natalie Sears

Dear Frances,
I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you, Alannah, and James. Gordon was an exceptional person in many respects. It was a privilege to know him, and I will always be grateful for his coaching and guidance.
From: Elaine Hartjes

I was so shocked and sad to hear about the passing of Gordon. He was one of the kindest and generous people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Gordon used to send me music video's of his band performances and also provided me with drumming tips to pass along to my son who very much appreciated the help. Gordon will be missed very much. My throughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
From: Guy Roby

Mes condoléances à la famille. Gordon était un compagnon de travail apprécié. Mature et sociable, d'une personnalité attachante. Je garde de bons souvenirs.
From: Louise Le Bourdais

Dear Frances, Alanah and James, it is with great sadness that I heard that Gordon passed away. I had the pleasure and the privilege to work with him for many years and only have the fondest memories of him. I know he will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to you and your family. May you Rest In Peace, Gordon.
From: Robert Bechard

Frances, Allanah and James
Our deepest sympathies and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Bob Maria Bernard and Edward
From: Irene Nasim

I was very sad to read about Gordon’s passing in the Gazette yesterday. I knew Gordon during the years I worked T the Downtown YMCA where he was a member and attended my noon fitness classes. He was a gentleman and a lovely person. I remember him telling me about retirement and we talked about him getting involved in volunteering in the future. I never met his wife and kids but he always spoke highly of them and I could tell how much love there was there. To his family: please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss, my thoughts are with you, may he Rest In Peace.
Irene Nasim

From: André Sarault

Au cours de mes 12 ans chez LBG en tant que CP j'ai eu l'occasion de cotoyer Gordon.
Je jouais dans le band-maison comme saxophoniste et lui a la batterie.
Que de bons souvenirs. Une personne très attachante.
Mes sincères condoléances a toute sa famille.
From: Maria Luise Neuper

Frances, Alannah and James,
I had the privilege and the pleasure to work in Gordon’s team. He preached by the example and inspired us all. He was working hard, a good person and a lot of fun. He was generous in sharing his professional knowledge and his passion for music. Gordon was an exceptional person and he will stay forever in my memory.
My deepest sympathies
Maria Luise Neuper
From: Sylvie Olivier

J’ai connu Gordon en 1996 chez Levesque Beaubien Geoffrion et ai travaillé pendant quelques années avec lui sur la refonte du Relevé de portefeuille. Tellement sympathique, plein d’humour, attachant et d’un grand professionnalisme,je n’ai que de bons souvenirs de notre collaboration. Mes sincères condoléances à toute sa famille.
From: Claudette

I want to offer my deepest sympathy to Gordon's family. Pour out your
heart in prayer to God for comfort. Trust in him for the help needed
during this sad time.
Psalm 62:8
From: Sandra Genereux

Dear Frances, Alannah and James,
I was extremely saddened to hear of your loss. I'm in BC - we had friends in town skiing from Ontario and our "shared" connection was Gordon. We were just chatting about him on the ski lift and wondering how retirement was treating him. This is indeed sad news.
Our condolences to all of you -
From: Kari Headley

I only knew Gordon in a professional capacity from my early days as an assistant with Levesque Securities then National Bank Financial in the Vancouver office. Even then, he was approachable, helpful and kind, taking the time to answer questions or make helpful suggestions, even to a young person, totally green and brand new to the industry.
Very sorry to hear about the loss and my thoughts and condolences go to Gordon's family.
As I'm sure you will hear many times throughout the celebration of this man's life, he was very simply a great guy.