Gordon Peter Piva 1934 — 2017

Gordon Peter Piva

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.

 

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24 Tributes

  1. Ron and Gloria
    Posted January 11, 2017 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    We offer our deepest condolences to Ida, Joe, George and families. Gordon was a very kind, considerate, friendly and wise man for whom we have always had tremendous respect. He will be missed by many people.
    Kindest regards,
    Ron and Gloria Tenisci

  2. Nola
    Posted January 11, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    Thoughts and Prayers to your family in your loss God Bless you

    Todd and Nola Rasmussen and family

  3. Shelley Piva
    Posted January 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Our hearts go out to your family.

  4. Pam Leclerc
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you at this time.

    Pam and Lynne Gonvick

  5. Albina wipp
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I am so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to the family.

  6. Coleen Karr
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Sending my Sincere Condolences to Ida,
    Joe (Crystal) & Family, George (Cathy)
    & Family, Gordon’s Siblings & their
    Families. Our Community has lost a
    Wonderful person.
    “No Further away than a picture,
    Forever in Our Hearts”.
    Gordon will be missed by all who knew
    Him. He was such a Kind, Caring,
    Generous Man. Thinking of All the
    Family at this time….

  7. Barb Nelson
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Our deepest sympathy from the family of the late Syd Nelson.

  8. Rachel Gelling
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    My deepest sympathy to Ida, Joe, George and family! I never met a more devoted group of people. “Handsome” had the best support anyone could hope for!!

  9. James and Laura Doan
    Posted January 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    George: So sorry to read of your loss. I have no adequate words, but we’re thinking of you and we know that you are surrounded by family and friends.

  10. Denise Gray
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Our condolences to the Piva family. We were so sad to hear of Gordon’s passing. He was a good man and he will be missed.
    Tony and Denise Gray

  11. Patricia Zerr
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Our sincerest condolescences to the Piva family on the loss of a gentle loving man Gord. I fondly recall him coming into where I used to work with lotto tickets in hand. He will be missed.

  12. Burns Thiessen
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    My condolences to the Piva Family, I worked with Gordie in the seventes & earley eighty’s always enjoyed his visits, conversations and advice. Burns Thiessen

  13. Marcy Beauchamp
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Dear Ida,
    I am saddened to hear of Gordie’s passing. I have missed seeing you both at the KCDU and hope you find comfort in the many happy memories of your life together. Prayers and love to you and your family in this difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Marcy and Len Beauchamp

  14. Annalia Thompson
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Dear Ida and family, I am in Arizona for the winter and my brother George called to tell me of Gordie’s passing. My heart goes out to you at this time of great loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Ida, you and Gordie were so devoted to each other and to family. Always welcoming to our family when in Kamloops and we looked forward to your visits to our family in Trail. You were always there for weddings and funerals to celebrate family in both joyous and sad occasions, Gordie had a great love for Zio Giovanni and Zia Quinta and they had a great love for him. He was loved by all his extended family and left an imprint in our hearts. Gordie was loving, kind, thoughtful, had a great sense of humour, told wonderful stories, was a hard working man and had a great love for family. His last years of illness were difficult yet he continued to be the strong person he always was with you at his side, Ida. I cannot be there in person to honor Gordie at his service celebrating his life, but I send love and thanks for his touching my heart and life and will keep him in my memory forever. God Bless you, Ida and all your family. Much love to you all, Annalia

  15. Bill Guevin
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    As I’ve travelled through my life, Gordon was the nicest man I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting. My heartfelt condolences to Ida, Joe, George and your families.

  16. Dean & Lauryn Purych
    Posted January 13, 2017 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. Our thoughts are with your family. Gordon was a generous man with his friendships and very much a father figure to Dean even though it was all business over the table!
    Dean and Lauryn Purych

  17. Tammy
    Posted January 14, 2017 at 4:31 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry for such a great loss in your lives , I always remember as a child thinking of him as the man who use to play in “Little house on the prairie ” I only knew him as I child at “A Jones Autowrecking ” or the cafe across the road my mom Reta ran. I would like to give my condolences from The Jones Family

  18. Dean Huston
    Posted January 14, 2017 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    condolences to Ida George,Joe and families, Gordon was a character and always interesting to talk too, I know he will be missed by his family but always remembered.

  19. Des and Lynn Daniher
    Posted January 14, 2017 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    To Ida and Family, We were very sad when we heard the news of Gordie’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your Family. Gordie was a wonderful guy who always greeted us so warmly and was such a generous and welcoming soul. He will be so greatly missed.
    Forty five years ago when we moved into our new home We remember so clearly Geordie arriving with a truck load of birch for our fire places and then when you both came over for a visit he arrived with ax, wedge and wine. All very fond memories from so long ago.Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time. Our love Des and Lynn.

  20. Melody Formanski
    Posted January 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    To Ida and family: Adam and I would like to know we are thinking about you and your family at this time. I am so glad we got to talk to you at the hospital when they were both in there. Gordie was always so nice to Adam on the renal floor. And you were always so kind to everyone there. Gordie will be missed. We want to be at the service but both of us have a bad cold and didn’t think it polite to pass it on. Take care of yourself Ida, Gordie would want that I am sure.

  21. DAVE + BONNIE HUNTER
    Posted January 15, 2017 at 4:29 am | Permalink

    TO THE PIVA FAMILY.

    GORDIE SET A HIGH MARK ON THE BAR THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. HE WAS THE MOST COLOURFUL, HARD WORKING, AND HONEST MAN I EVER WORKED WITH IN THE KAMLOOPS FOREST IND.GORDIE MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN SO MANY PEOPLES LIVES.
    DAVE AND BONNIE HUNTER

  22. Peter&Chris Lisowsky
    Posted January 15, 2017 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    We are truly sorry for the loss of your husband, father and grandfather Gordie. We feel truly blessed to have known him and have very fond memories of his many wonderful stories. His spirit will live on through his children and grandchildren.

    Love Chris, Peter, Michael and Ryan Lisowsky
    xoxo

  23. Claudette Leclair
    Posted January 16, 2017 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    To Ida, Joe,George and family I am truly sorry to here of Gordies passing. I remember him fondly coming in to enjoy a good steak at my fathers restaurant in Kamloops. You may remember Norms Attic? He was always so kind and shared many laughs with us all. He will be be in good company sharing a steak and some more laughs with my dad I am sure! Rest in peace Gordie.

  24. Brent Olsen
    Posted January 17, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    So sorry to hear of Gordie’s passing. It was always a good day for me when I would see Gordie in our office at the Forest Service. He had a big handshake, a true consideration for everyone, great candor, and always a twinkle in his eye.

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