Memories & Celebrations of Life:
Obituary - Gordon Ernest Maki
March 21, 1952 - April 9, 2018
In loving memory of Gordon Ernest Maki, amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Gord was born on March 21, 1952 at the Sioux Lookout General Hospital to Catherine and Ernie Maki. Gord grew up fishing and waterskiing in the summer and hunting and playing hockey in the fall and winter. He attended Sioux Lookout Public School then on to Queen Elizabeth District High School. Gord took a two year hiatus to attend Selkirk High School in Thunder Bay where he played junior hockey before returning to Queen Elizabeth to graduate. After high school, Gord worked as a lineman for Sioux Lookout Hydro for a number of years and then moved on to work with John Bath, Dekelver Electric and E.P. Wong Electric (Bucky). During this time he was also a co-owner of M&M Sewage with Derek Mills. Gord left the electrical field for a couple of years to attend Lakehead University where he studied electrical engineering. He left university and returned home to care for his ailing father. Gord was there for every step of his Father’s journey until his dad passed away from his battle with cancer. Now back home in Sioux Lookout Gord returned to Sioux Lookout Hydro as Manager, CEO for the next 25 years. During his career as Manager, Gord was also a member of the Utility & Electrical Safety Association of Ontario for ten years. During those 10 years, he served as Vice-Chair, Chair and Past Chair. Gord loved working for Sioux Lookout Hydro and enjoyed many trips to Toronto and area for Annual General Meetings and Summer Conferences. The friendships formed with colleagues have created a lifetime of memories.
Upon retirement from Sioux Lookout Hydro Gord started the next phase of his life which included his new job at Sioux Mechanical under the supervision of his daughter and son-in-law Lori and Kevin LaBelle. How he loved working there with all the young guys, getting his hands dirty and sharing in their stories. His new position enabled him to stay a few minutes longer at coffee or lunch if the conversations were getting good. In summer, Wednesdays were always reserved for golf where he joined his buddies for an afternoon of relaxing play topped off with supper on the deck at the Forest Inn. In the fall the same group of friends would gather for their annual moose hunting trip to Guardian Eagle. When health would permit Gord and Lorena would enjoy winters in California and then Florida where the sun shone most days, the golf was great, and dining out with friends was the stuff memories are made of.
Gord served as a member of the Sioux Lookout Fire Department for 45 years. He started out as a firefighter moving on to Deputy Fire Chief and then serving for a brief time as Acting Fire Chief. The brotherhood of the fire department was a very cherished part of Gord’s life where he was fortunate to have served with both his son Jamie and son-in-law Kevin. With ailing health, Gord felt it was time to step down and let the younger firefighters step up and take on positions of greater responsibility.
Gord passed away on Monday April 9, 2018 at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre with his family by his side. Gord is deeply missed by his wife Lorena of 26 years, son Jamie (Teri), daughter Lori Labelle (Kevin), stepdaughter Sarah Bartlett, grandchildren Tessa, Tauno, Jayden, Alexis, Cooper, Brock, Hunter, Tanner and Gorja and sister Donna Kennedy (John) and nephew Scott. Funeral Services were held on Saturday April 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church with Mrs. Donna Prior officiating. Interment of ashes will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, Box 1449, Sioux Lookout Ontario P8T 1B9.
Throughout Gord’s battle with cancer, he never failed to face each day with love in his heart and a smile on his face. Even in the end stages he was forever kind and compassionate to those caring for him. A very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Barbara Russell-Mahoney and Dr. Mary England for their continued extraordinary care. From Denise and the nurses in the chemo department to Siobhan and the palliative care nursing staff we will always be in your debt for the extraordinary care given to Gord and the expressions of compassion showered on his family.