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Orangeville remembers Gordon Courtney

Nov 25, 2019 | Communications | General

The community is saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Courtney. The former Orangeville mayor died November 22, 2019 at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, at the age of 92.

Mr. Courtney served the Town of Orangeville from 1976–1991; six years as a Councillor and nine years as Mayor. During his years as a Councillor, Mr. Courtney served on every committee of the Town.

Born and raised in Orangeville, Mr. Courtney and his wife Jessie owned and operated Coffee Corner Restaurant until 1976. Mr. Courtney then opened Gord’s New and Used Furniture, which the couple ran until they retired in 1990.

Mr. Courtney was known around town for his quiet demeanour and his dedicated involvement in the community.

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of former Mayor Gord Courtney,” said Mayor Sandy Brown. “I first met Mr. Courtney when he gave an inspirational speech at a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast several years ago. He served his community through a 70-year membership in the IOOF, the Salvation Army, the Probus Club and, of course, his many years on Town Council. Condolences to Mr. Courtney’s family and friends – his was a life well lived”

Former Mayor Drew Brown said, “As Mayor, during my first term as a councillor, he guided us through a number of contentious issues such as the redevelopment of Broadway. His affable manner, sense of humour and innate goodness often helped smooth rough waters, as did his obvious love for the Town and his desire to do what was best. The Town owes much to Mayor Courtney and his wonderful wife and supporter, Jessie. His story reminds us that good guys don’t always finish last. Indeed, sometimes good and decent people finish first. And Gord Courtney was a good and decent man.”

"He was a man of true honour, integrity and commitment to his family and the residents of Orangeville. He had a real sense of humour and valued others' opinions,” said former Mayor Mary Rose. “I have a special place in my heart for Gord because of his warm welcome when I was first elected to Council in 1985. He offered non-judgmental help and advice. I chose Gord to "swear me in" as Mayor in 1991 after he retired from politics. We will all miss him very much.”

Visitation will be held at the Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre, 21 First St., Orangeville on Tuesday, November 26, 5 - 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the Chapel on Wednesday, November 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Flags at Town Hall will be lowered to half-mast until after the service on Wednesday. The Town of Orangeville expresses its condolences to Mr. Courtney’s family and friends.