Dr. Gordon Bernard Jeffery– 86, Waterloo, Ontario, formerly of Truro, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Friday, January 17, 2020, at Columbia Forest Long Term Care, Waterloo, Ontario. Born in Sheerness, England to the late Cyril and Beatrice (Cox) Jeffery, Dad spent his younger years living on the island that will always be "home".
As a child evacuee of the Second World War, he gained the utmost appreciation for military service, watching the spitfires come and go and proudly becoming a member of the British Army as soon as he completed his schooling. As an adult he immigrated to Canada and became a proud British-Canadian, yet never wavering from his support of British Football and the Queen. He was awarded his PhD in Statistics, and enjoyed a fifty year career in education that spanned from teaching elementary school to Professor of Education. An avid soccer and basketball coach, amateur photographer, Boy Scout, world traveler, Garden Club member, Hubtown Theatre actor, quiet philanthropist and Historical Society member, he liked to be involved in many things and believed in supporting his community; values he passed on to his children.
Left to mourn his passing are his daughters, Heather (Steve), Sarah (Terrence), Mary Jane (Lee), Kathryn (Kurt), and their mother, Sylvia. His proudest accomplishment was that of being Grandad and he is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren, Nicholas, Nathan, Hannah, Vincent, Charlotte and Leanne; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren who he gained later in life, John (Dianne), Elizabeth (Ryan), Paige, Philip, Macey and Neil. He also leaves behind his brother, Malcolm; sister, Pauline; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family in England, whom he loved visiting, and special friend, Ainsley Legge. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his youngest brother, Colin, and his beloved granddaughter, Kate; it is in that same cemetery she rests that he will be buried at a later date.
We are so thankful to the amazing caregivers he has had through the years, and to his special friends who always helped to care for him, even when dad was no longer himself.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro, where Gordon’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 24, 2020. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020, at St. John’s Anglican Church, 25 Church Street, Truro, The Reverend Lori Ramsey officiating. Reception will follow at Mattatall – Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young Street, Truro. Family flowers only. If so desired, donations in Gordon’s memory to Ronald McDonald House Charities or IWK Health Centre Foundation are welcomed. Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family by viewing Gordon’s obituary on-line and selecting "Send A Condolence" at: www.mattatallvarnerfh.com
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