February 5, 1939 – June 27, 2021
Husband, Father, Grandfather; Educator, lover of words, music and theatre; a pillar of his community….”He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.”
With great thankfulness for his life and legacy, we announce the passing of Gordon on June 27, at his home in Port Alberni. Although in failing health, his death on one of the hottest nights of the year was a blow to his wife of 60 years, Meg (Margaret) and to his family.
He is survived by his sons Bruce (Edwina) and Mike, and three grandsons: Euan in Toronto and twins Declan and Alasdair in Turkey. Remembered also by elder brother Robert (Norma) in Nanaimo and their three daughters. Loved and mourned by Euan’s mother, Kyoung Jin, and Meg’s family in Australia.
Gordon was born in Duncan, BC, on February 5, 1939, and moved with his family to Port Alberni, when he was two years old. He recalled a happy childhood attending Eighth Avenue school and then ADHS where he graduated in 1957 as class president.
A degree and professional education certificate at Victoria College/University of Victoria confirmed his vocation as a teacher. In all, he spent 33 years in the Cowichan and Alberni districts, as well as three years teaching in Queensland, Australia.
The arts were a lifelong passion: music, acting poetry and prose, and a special fondness for Shakespeare. He was fundraising chair for the Rollin Art Centre when it was established. He was a founding member of A.V. Musical Theatre and Portal Players and an early member of Timbre! and Troubadours. He served as the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District’s first film commissioner.
Gordon was a member of Knox Presbyterian church where he was a choir member and pianist. After the closure of Knox he and Meg were welcomed into the Trinity Church family,
The family is grateful for the love and support of so many people, including neighbours and friends. Special thanks to Pastor Brenda, Dr. Arno Kitshoff, first responders and others too numerous to name.
Cremation has taken place (Chapel of Memories). A memorial service is planned for the autumn. Please consider remembering this kind and generous man with a donation to the Alberni Valley Community Foundation – Gordon and Meg Scoffield Fund for literacy.
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