Gordon Shaner, age 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the Meadows, Swift Current, SK.
Gordon Byron Shaner was born April 5, 1935 to Don & Freda (Bauman) Shaner in Vanguard, SK. The family moved to Swift Current where Gordon received his schooling. After completing grade 10, he worked for Treen Packers as a butcher. He moved to Toronto, ON for a time then returned to Swift Current, where he owned and operated his own meat market. It was here that he met his future wife, Kay Vigneron.
Gordon & Kay were married August 6, 1960 and welcomed two children to their family — Deborah Lee in 1961 and Jeffrey Allan in 1968. He returned to Irwin School and completed his grade twelve education, then continued his education and received his law degree. Gordon practiced law for twelve years and was then appointed as a Provincial Court Judge, which he did for twenty-three years.
An avid golfer, Gordon was a long-time member of the Elmwood Golf Club. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and participated in the planning of the 1976 Summer Games.
Gordon will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Kay Shaner; his children, Deborah Lee (Mike) Rekunyk (Saskatoon, SK) and Jeffrey Allan (Tammy) Shaner (Redland, CA); his grandchildren, Michelle Rekunyk, Jordan Rekunyk, Nathan Shaner, and Thomas Shaner; his brother-in-law, Larry White (Prince Albert, SK); his sister-in-law, Carol Shaner (Melfort, SK); and by many nieces and nephews. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, Don & Freda Shaner; his brother, Alvin Shaner; his sister, Donna White; his parents-in-law, Albert & Mabel Vigneron; and by his brother and sister-in-law, Mel (Doris) Etter.
At Gordon’s request there will be no formal funeral service. A Come and Go reception was held at the Elmwood Golf Club, Swift Current on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
In memory of Gordon Shaner, donations made to Swift Current SPCA, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
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