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Obituary for Gordon William Hildebrandt

Gordon William Hildebrandt

Gordon Hildebrandt of Huntsville, beloved husband of Eileen Hildebrandt (nee McCool) formerly of Golden Lake, Pembroke, and Novar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 16, 2022, in his 86th year surrounded by family. Dear father of Sherry Searle (Peter), Andrew Hildebrandt, Trevor Hildebrandt, and Mary-Anne Hildebrandt. Step-father of Audrey Gillis, Heather Gillis, Charlene Kornaga (Dennis). Grandfather of Meghan, Logan, Madison, Joseph, Frank, Michael, Kristin, Christopher, and William. Great-grandfather of Tanner, Sage, Orla, Tyler, and Michael. Son of the late Lorne and Lydia Hildebrandt (nee Schoenfeldt). Brother of the late Leslie Hildebrandt (Elizabeth “Betty”), late Paul Hildebrandt (Marie), late Barry Hildebrandt (late Margaret), Iris Fischer (Jim), Bruce Hildebrandt (Marilyn) and Fern Turcotte (Bryan). He is predeceased by his grandson Wesley. He will be missed by all of his family and good friends.

Gordon grew up on a small farm in Golden Lake and attended high school in Eganville. In his youth, Gordon, along with the other members of the Hildebrandt family, volunteered his time to reconstruct the floor in the Golden Lake Evangelical United Church and always made certain the furnace was running for service on Sunday.

In his early career, Gordon joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was stationed at Marville, France working as an Instrumentation Technician. After leaving the RCAF, he returned to Renfrew County to work for Ontario Lands and Forest in Algonquin Park, northern Ontario, and eastern Quebec. Eventually he became a Scaler and Log Buyer f or Consolidated Bathurst in Portage, Staniforth Lumber in Kiosk, and UOP/ G. W. Martin in Rutherglen. During these years, he travelled throughout eastern Canada and US as a veneer buyer. While he was semi-retired, he enjoyed working with the team at Cassidy’s Moving and Storage in Pembroke.

Gordon was a humble person that was always there to lend a hand. He was strong, steadfast, hardworking, and lived his life in the service of others. Gordon loved his family. He enjoyed cooking, camping, gardening, and birdwatching. Throughout his life, he and his wife, Eileen, were active community volunteers with the church and various other organizations. They founded the Modern Square-Dancing club, the “Swinging Swallows” held at Wesley United Church, and the non-denominational Thursday evening service at the Champlain Trail Museum in the old Micksburg Church. Both community activities are still in existence in Pembroke today. Gordon was always up to playing a game of cards with friends and family, and never missed an episode of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He was also an avid fan of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Blue Jays.

Respecting Gordon’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering at the Murphy Funeral Home and Chapel, 296 Isabella St, Pembroke, on Thursday October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The service will be held in the Chapel at 12:00 p.m. followed by interment at Columba's Catholic Cemetery.

A special thanks to the Regional Kidney Care Program in Simcoe Muskoka and in particular the staff at the Dialysis Clinic at Huntsville District Memorial Hospital. They made him feel well cared for throughout this journey which meant the world to him and his family. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.