Gordon Hands

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of our Dear Gordon Keith Hands. Our hearts are heavy, but also uplifted as we know the Angels have taken Gord back to Heaven and he is in the Almighty Kingdom of God.
He lived a full and adventurous life of 85 years. Although nearing the end of his journey here on earth, he struggled with his health, he remained so loving and kind and gentle with his family and friends. Gordie just loved people so very much. He valued his family and friends above all. He was also quick to call strangers a friend and let them into his life. Always giving compliments and telling everyone how much he loved and appreciated their visits or time helping him.
Throughout Gord’s life he enjoyed travelling, truck driving, car rides, visiting family and friends, going out for coffee and lunch, horse racing, Checker Flag car races, farming, gardening, babysitting, joking around, feeding squirrels and birds, country and western music, and just relaxing watching T.V. He also made it to 5 generations of family!
Our life’s journey takes us through many changes and challenges as we grow. As a young boy Gordie was a rascal. As he grew into a man, he became strong and fiercely.  As he aged into an elderly man he softened and became more gentle and loving. He learned to stop and smell the roses and love people as much as you can. He surely cherished every moment of life.
Gord will be missed by so many!
Gordon Keith Hands, the son of late Willie Ray Hands and the late Velma (Gage) Hands.
Born December 6, 1934 – June 21st, 2020
Born in Euphemia Township, ON. Lived in Chatham, ON.
Pre-deceased by wife Patricia May Hall-Hands.
Gordon was a wonderful Brother of: Brother Raymond Hands, Pre-deceaced Sister Ila Dittmer and brother-in-law Harry Dittmer, Sister Mary Kubica and brother-in-law of the late Tony Kubica, Brother Percy Hands and sister-in-law Pat Hands.
Gordon was a loving Father of: Son Rocky Hands, Daughter Tami Hands, Daughter Debbie Gaudreau, Daughter Roxanne Deslippe,  Son Patrick Hall, Step-Father to Julie Hall, Toni Hall and so many more of the Hall Family children and grandchildren.
He loved his Grandchildren: Janssen Dehoop-Hands, Joshua Hands, Cathy Williams, Chris, Jay and Belinda Gaudreau, Ryan Hands, Keith and Brad Yonge-Hall, Lynn, Tommy Jr. and Shannon Deslippe. Also Danny Hall-Caza.
Several Great Nieces and Nephews and Great Grandchildren and Great Great Grandchildren.
Gord was also a wonderful Uncle to Tina and Neil Carrick and family, (Scott and Rebecca), Tony Kubica and family, (Sarah, Kari, Megan and husband Scott, Emily and Michael), Terry Kubica and family, (Samantha, Jessica and Rosanna), Natalie and Mike O-doherty and family, (Emily and Zach), Loretta Hands, George Hands and Great Nephew Kyle Dunford, Todd Dittmer, Tracy Dittmer and Great NieceTerri-Ann Dittmer and Denis Dittmer.
Other very special people in Gord’s life were: Helen Marentette (special long time friend and loved as a daughter), Elyse Beacom (long time dear friend) and daughter Janelle and family.  Special Goddaughter Megan Kubica-Soles), Len Page and wife Whinney, Cousin Violet Switzer-Allan, Marvel “Dot” Warwick (caring neighbour and friend), Chris Appleton and family (a very dear friend). Caring friends Branko and Anka Malesevic and family, and Georgette (neighbour). Also long time friend Glenny Wanchuk. Plus many more relatives and friends not mentioned.
Special Pet memories of dog Max, cat Angel, rabbit Teddy, monkey Toby.
Special Thanks to: Jeri and Tracy from FreeHelp-CK PFC. Also all the PSW Workers, Chatham Hospital Doctors and Nurses.
Thank you to everyone for being a part of Gord’s life journey!
Celebration of Life Ceremony will be announced here at a later date, as soon as restrictions are lifted.
We welcome your condolences. Thank you.

6 Comments on “Gordon Hands”

  1. I remember as a child, being at my Grams (Pat Hall) house. Gord was always so kind. He loved to joke and tease and make us kids laugh.
    He will be missed. Rest easy ❤

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed my visits with Gord and although I only knew him the last couple of years of his life, Gord was the kind of guy who made you feel like you had been a life long friend. I’m going to miss our chats over a coffee about politics, horse racing, his stories as a truck driver and what he cherished most, his family. I miss you my friend but I know you are in a better place. Rest well.

  3. I knew Gord for many years, he was like a father to me. He was always so happy to hear from me and when l visited he gave me such a big hug. I remember many times when he lived in Windsor, in the summer l would pick him up and we would go get something to eat bring in to the river and eat on the picnic table. He would enjoy that so much and he was so appreciative.Then we always had bird seeds and peanuts to feed the birds and squirrels. I miss you Gord so much but l know you’re in a better place with no more pain. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and all his friends. RIP Gord always in our hearts and never forgotten.

  4. Gord.. We had a lot of memories n up n downs like any other family. You lived along time n it is time for you to rest n be healthy again.. I know you are with your mom n sister Ila. I know you missed them so much. So Old Fart. You take care until we meet again

  5. Many people know my Dad in such different ways. I know when he was a younger man, he was a little rough around the edges. He changed throughout his life and became a better person. Some people get worse as life goes on, but Gord became better, more gentle and loving and caring. I’m proud of the man he became. His heart definitely grew as he became an older man. Unfortunately his health issues slowed him right down. But he managed to live happily and appreciate life, even when he was pretty much confined to his chair. His spark for life never burned out, even till his last days. His light will always shine bright. He will be missed so very much. But I get comfort in knowing he is in Heaven and with all his other loved ones. I’m sure he’s healthy and running about like a young man again! Run a marathon Dad, you deserve it!! I know he’s only a prayer away. Lots of great memories that I will cherish for my lifetime. Thanks for being a wonderful part of my life Dad. Love you forever and ever. Your Daughter and Friend Always… Love You… Tami


    Gord was always a true friend . There when he needed a ride to horses. And there when you needed a good tip on a horse. His excitement was unmatched when it came to the horses. Last time I seen Gord he had a race program and short pencil working on a winner . As he always said. He was a life time friend and partner in adventure. If I ever needed a hand. I knew I could count on Gord. From Sault st Marie to the banks of the theme’s. GORD. WAS MY TRUE FRIEND

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