Gordon Hill Paterson
PATERSON, Gordon Hill
– We regret to announce the death of Gordon Hill Paterson,
94 of Port Hawkesbury in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital,
Antigonish on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Gordon was born in Durban,
South Africa on April 23, 1924.
Towards the end of WWII, at age 20, Gordon served with the
South African Forces in Egypt and Italy. He lived in Natal, South
Africa before moving to Bulawayo, Rhodesia in 1952. He moved with his
wife Bobbie and two small boys, Ian (4) and Roger (2), his third son
Tim was born later in Rhodesia. Gordon could turn his hand at fixing
anything, cars, electrical appliances, etc. He built his own home in
Bulawayo laying 1000 bricks a night when he came home from work. He
worked as Chief Mechanical Engineer on the Rhodesian Railways until
his retirement. On retirement they moved to Port Alfred, South Africa
where Bobbie passed away. He married Laura Phyllis Dell in 1992 and
they continued to live in Port Alfred, South Africa until moving to
Port Hawkesbury in 2002.
He was a very active man who enjoyed many pastimes, making
and flying gliders, tennis, fishing, golf and sailing. Gordon made the
yacht The Fireball which he crewed for Roger and together won the
South African championships three years in a row. He was predeceased
by his sons, Ian and Tim.
In Port Hawkesbury he continued his hobby of faceting
gemstones and many of his family have beautiful jewelry showcasing his
gems. He researched the Bluenose and made models of this famous
sailing ship in his workshop in the basement which he took to craft
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Laura; son, Roger
(Sandy); daughters-in-law, Irene and Theresa; step-daughters, Cheryl
(Dennis) and Shirley (Americo); grandchildren, Ryan, Mark, Alisha,
Charise, Andrew, Heather, Dale, Robert, Daniella and Graham; 9
There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be 11 a.m.
Wednesday, December 19 from St. Mark’s United Church, Port
Hawkesbury with Nan Corrigan DM officiating. Burial at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Strait Richmond Palliative Care
Society. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis
Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be
forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Gordon Hill Paterson 19242018..