Gord Ellett

Obituary of Gord Ellett

Ellett, Gordon (Gord) Glen September 1, 1950 – July 29, 2023 My friend I’ll make it clear. I’ll state my case, of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full. I travelled each and every highway and more, much more. I Did it, I Did it my way! Gordon passed away at Mariposa House Hospice, Orillia Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the age of 72. Gord had previously beaten two bouts of cancer but the third was not to be. He fought a valiant fight and never gave up hope. Gord was the beloved son of his late mother Barbara (Betty) Ellett and Father Albert (Al) Ellett. Gord was the loving brother of the late Ronald Ellett and wife Dianne Ellett. Survived by and lovingly remembered by sisters Nancy Williams, late husband Al, and sister Jane Johnston and her best friend Jim Wiseman. Gord is also survived and loved by nieces and nephews Chris (Deanna) Ellett and Children, Brad Ellett, Lynne (Sean) Finucan and children, Karen (Richard) Dirstein and son, Laurie (Alex) Williams, Mark (Renata) Johnston and children, Matthew (Emily) Johnston and Children. The family wishes to acknowledge the wonderful care and support received from Jessica at Bayshore Nursing and staff at Mariposa House Hospice. Gord was a guy you couldn’t help but like and had many friends locally, across Canada and Thailand. He will be missed very much, especially by his dear friend Steve Burns and his wife Somsri of Orillia. After working for a few years at the Orillia HRC, Gord got the travel bug. His first trip was to Amsterdam. Gord left work at the HRC to work in Alberta where he was trained as a radiographer to X-ray welds on the pipeline for the summer and Fall months. A couple of his good friends had gone to Phuket, Thailand and asked him to come so he went and loved it. That started a cycle which lasted for several years. Work all summer and go to Thailand for the winter. When work ended on the pipeline he stayed in Thailand and got work in Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines for years. Gord found solace in Thailand and made it his second home. He discovered a profound connection with the country's rich heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and warm-hearted people. He embraced the Thai way of life, adopting their customs and becoming a cherished member of the community. The bonds he forged with the locals and fellow travellers were unbreakable, creating an extended family across borders. Gord finally returned to the West Coast of Canada and then home to Orillia. Gord's passion for fishing and being on the water brought him immense joy, whether it was the vast oceans or the serene Lake Simcoe in Orillia. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Mariposa House Hospice through the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E., Orillia (705) 327 0221. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca