It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gordon Peter Piva in Hospice on January 8, 2017.
Gordon is survived by his devoted wife, Ida, of 60 years, his loving sons: Joe (Chrystal) and George (Cathy), his five grandchildren: Danielle (Mike), Nick (Julie), Ernie, Matthew, and Alyssa, his great-grandchildren: Colton, Hanna, Faryn, Darren, Mitch, Lexi, and Amelie, and his siblings: Margaret, Victor (Janet), Albert (Marie) and Albina (Harvey).
Predeceased by his parents Joe Sr. and Catherine Piva and brother-in-law Angelo Bomben.
Gordon was born in Pinantan, B.C. where he spent his early years on the family ranch. He then attended Vancouver College. Later, he moved to Trail to be close to his sister, Marg, where he began his love of driving trucks. In 1953, Gordon signed with the Canadian Army and was stationed in Korea and Japan working for the British Embassy as their driver. He received an honourable discharge in May, 1956.
Gordon met Ida, the love of his life, in Pinantan, B.C. in the fall of 1956. Despite warnings of ranchers with diamond rings in their pockets, Ida and Gordon were married on March 2, 1957. Soon to follow were their two sons, Joe and George. It was during this time that Gordon built a successful trucking company which continued for over 40 years.
Gordon was a people person. His outgoing personality touched many people in many ways. First and foremost he enjoyed spending time with family and friends. The dynamic duo of Gordon and Ed Kashluba entertained everywhere they went. People would start laughing before they went through the door. Gordon enjoyed hunting, fishing and travelling. Gordon and Ida spent many winters in Hawaii with family and friends.
Gordon’s passing has left a tremendous void in our lives.
The family would like to thank all the health care professionals that took care of Gordon during his lengthy illness.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that contributions be made in Gordon’s memory to either the Renal Unit at R.I.H and Kamloops Community Dialysis Unit or Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice, 72 Whiteshield Crescent St, Kamloops, BC V2E-2S9.
The Funeral Service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, January 14, 2017 in the Kamloops Funeral Home Chapel, 285 Fortune Dr., with Pastor Ben Terlesky officiating.