Gordon Allan Brady

BRADY – Gordon Allan Brady of Okanagan Centre passed away in the Central Okanagan Hospice House on June 6, 2010 after a valiant battle with Cancer. He was born on a farm in the Shellmouth Municipality in Manitoba, August 25, 1931. He moved to Proctor BC as a teenager, where his parents had purchased the Outlet Hotel on Kootenay Lake BC, which later became the Holiday Inn. He had summer jobs on the SS Moyie as a deckhand and fireman in his high school years. He married his childhood sweetheart – Jean Bonacci of Proctor BC in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, April 11, 1953. The 58 years of marriage included many moves. Gordon managed the Household Finance Company office in Calgary, Alberta, then transferred to Vancouver where he eventually became the manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia. The family moved back to the Kootenays in1962 finding themselves in Castlegar, which then became home for the next 32 years. In 1969 Gordon started a radio station called 1230 CKQR. He managed the station until it was sold in 1990. They then retired to Salmon Arm and eventually settled in Okanagan Center in 2000. Gordon loved his curling and Slo-pitch ball and the rapport with his fellow players. He enjoyed both sports until 2009. Gordon is survived by his wife Jean and children Brian (Karen) Brady of Fort St. John, Valerie (Huseyin) Yildirok of Portland, Oregon, Rodger (Sharon) Brady of Victoria, and Greg (Jean) Brady of Calgary. They have eight grandchildren: Walker and Emily Brady, Turan and Tanyel Yildirok, Hannah and Claire Brady, and Carter and Mitchell Brady. He was proud of them all. Also survived by; Brother Bill (Isabel) Brady and many nieces and nephews. There will be no funeral at his request, and a family gathering will take place at a later date. Friends wishing to do so may donate in memorium to the Winfield United Church in Lake Country or Central Okanagan Hospice House in Kelowna, where he spent his last days in the care of a very compassionate team of Health Care Workers – He will be missed. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.