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EVANS, Gordon James

EVANS, Gordon James

October 15, 1939 - November 21, 2017

Gordon passed away peacefully November 21, 2017 at the Hospice House at the age of 78. He is survived by sons Ross & Joel, daughter Kim (Glenn) and 2 grandsons Justin & Brendan. Gordon is also survived by his brother Bryan (Marnie) and loving extended family. He was predeceased by his wife Gladys in 2013.

Gordon is best known for his Upholstery shop. He started in the business as an apprentice at the age of 16 and in 1963 he opened his own business in Kelowna. He never retired.

Gordon will be greatly missed by his family and long-time friends who he has known for many years through his shop. Gordon’s Upholstery was a hub of activity any day of the week. It was a meeting place for lunch, for good conversation, for storytelling and of course, some amazing upholstery work. He loved and was very proud of his two grandsons. He loved watching their activities over the years, supporting them in whatever they were doing in their life and kept them laughing with his unique sense of humor.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the wonderful caring nurses and volunteers who work at the Hospice House.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice House in his memory. https://www.kghfoundation.com/priority-need/hospicepalliative-care/

Celebration of life to be held Wednesday January 10, 2018, from 1-3 pm at the Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, B.C.

Condolence Messages
  • Apr 22, 2018
    So sad to hear the heartbreaking news today from Joel. Gord will be sorely missed, not just for the great work by him and Joel but for the always lively conversation. I don't know how they got their work done - every time I stopped in for 5 minutes, it turned into a half hour. Our sincere condolences to Joel and family, I know you'll carry on the fine work in his memory.
    Charlie & Ingrid
  • Feb 17, 2018
    Just heard about Gordon's passing. Joel and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Jim Hilton, Overseas Auto, Vancouver.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Thinking of you today Ross, Joel, Kim and families as you celebrated your father. He will be missed by many and will live on in the hearts of everyone who knew him and the stories that will continue to be shared and remembered. Hugs to you all. Romona Marshall
  • Jan 05, 2018
    To Joel and the Evans family we would like to extend our thoughts and condolences.It was always a pleasure and many times a good laugh at Gord's sense of humor and commentary over the 30 years of business and personal contact that we enjoyed with him.My wife and I were just smiling and remembering when she caught Gord at a weak moment and sweet talked him into doing some furniture for her,although she did have to promise to bring him in some homemade chocolate chip cookies.Take care Joel.... hope to see you soon
    Don & Alison Martin
  • Jan 05, 2018
    Like so many others have said, it was always an interesting time whenever I dropped in to the shop....always good for a few laughs, and great work to boot!
    Doug Pettman
  • Dec 14, 2017
    Gord Ma Man! Always good for a laugh, will miss our conversations. Super sad for Joel. Kind regards.
    David Tenborg
  • Dec 14, 2017
    Gord was a good friend and will be sadly missed. May he rest in peace, and my condolences to the family.
    Dave Wilson
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Joel and family. My sincere condolences. I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed having Gord and Joel look after so many things. I enjoyed Gord's sense of humor. He really was at home when he was at work. He will be truly missed by all of the car guys who had been threw his shop over the years.
    Best Regards
    Gordie Abougoush
  • Nov 30, 2017
    Joel and Family, my sincere condolences on Gordon's passing. I always enjoyed the many conversations that we had with Gordon at your shop.
    Jim Dickson
  • Nov 29, 2017
    To Ross, Joel and Kim so sorry for your loss. Gordon was a great guy and will be missed by the Wyatt family. Thanks for the support at the hospice house. Love Mike,Tammy and fAmily.
  • Nov 29, 2017
    "NO FURNITURE!!! - Don't ask." One of my all time favorite signs. (I never did ask...) We will all greatly miss Gord's humor and conversations. Always a pleasure to do business with. Our thoughts are also with your family. Will be in to see Joel again.
    Trent Karius and family
  • Nov 29, 2017
    Kim, Ross, Joel and family,
    My deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. Every December when I would bring my grandson to visit my Mom on her birthday, we would excitedly watch for the beautiful Christmas display at your house - it never, ever disappointed ! Your parents were wonderful people and will be forever missed in the S.E. Kelowna area.
    Sharon Davison Cook
  • Nov 28, 2017
    Joel and Evans family, sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad, I will always remember the visits to the shop, the lunches he would always buy for me and all the fun times we would talk about. RIP Gordon.
  • Nov 28, 2017
    Ross, Joel and Kim, it is with great sadness and condolences that I read of the passing of your dad. Many times standing in the upholstery shop shooting the sh*t with Gord and Joel talking about everything and fixing the world of all its problems.
    Gord will be surely missed.
    Dave Wise
  • Nov 27, 2017
    Joel I will miss coming and and catching up on politics and all the Rutland gang with you and Gordon. Trust me I will still come and see you.
    Glad I got in there a couple of months ago for a visit. I never forget when I brought the 52 in and Gordon told me it would take a few weeks and a few days later he called and said when are you going to come get this blankety blank car out of here. I said is there a problem and he said no it's all finished and it looked great.
    Rob Melle
  • Nov 27, 2017
    To the Evans Family, We are so sad to hear of your loss. Our father, Peter Barclay spent many, many days getting Gordon's help, visiting down at the shop chatting with Gordon, which he loved to do, or going to his grandson's hockey games! Many, happy memories he had of Gordon and your family! Our thoughts are with you. Leslie & Richard Weisbeck and the Barclay Family
  • Nov 27, 2017
    I am so sad for your loss. I know the sign said "no motorcycle seats or furniture", but you made an exception for me. Thanks for making me feel special. You were truly a "one of a kind". You will be sadly missed.
    Walt Reglin
  • Nov 27, 2017
    Joel, our sincere sorrow at the passing of Gordon. As everyone has mentioned we will miss the chats and work that Gordon did. Our prayers are with you at this time.
    Lambert & Paul Construction Ltd.
    Lambert, Tom, Donnie & Joan.
  • Nov 26, 2017
    I am saddened to hear of your loss Joel and family, Gord did my first upholstery about 25 years ago, he always had time to chat no matter how busy he was. Terry Harnett (Kiwi)
  • Nov 26, 2017
    I always enjoyed stopping in at the shop when I needed some upholstery work done, "Mr Eb", Joel, and in the old days Ross, were an interesting wealth of knowledge of what was going on in town. I hope the tradition carries on. My family also took great delight in welcoming the Christmas season by stopping by the Evans residence and taking in the unbelievable light display. Thank you for that..I'm not sure with all that has happened if you are considering putting up the display again, but if you are, my family, and many others I have talked to would love to pitch in and help out.
    Mark, MJ and the whole Turton clan.
  • Nov 26, 2017
    To the Evans family, Gord was a amazing upholsterer, hardest working man. I am grateful to get the opportunity to see Gord and Joel not long before his passing. Too many good memories!!! Gord will be missed but all the memories will live on forever!
    Keith Dyck
  • Nov 26, 2017
    Gord was truly a great man as he was an expert upholster, I for one will miss his sense of humour and his honesty, he will be greatly missed.
    Rick Yakiwchuk
  • Nov 26, 2017
    Kim and Joel, sorry to hear of your loss. I have many memories through out the years of Joel and your Dad and Mom following your sons from arena to arena. Lots of good chats with them always. A hockey fixture!!! May he RIP.
    Mike Mussell
  • Nov 25, 2017
    Sorry to hear, our condolences. Gord was always fair and had a unique sense of humor. Wayne and Sandra Taylor, hugs to all. oxox
  • Nov 25, 2017
    I feel honored to have had Gord do my seat for my truck a couple months ago seeing as Joel does most of the work now and Gord monitors the phone ha. Was a good place to stop in for some good conversation, gossip and BS. Condolences to the Evans family. Trevor & Treko Jackson (more east kelowna neighbors).
  • Nov 25, 2017
    He was a great man I had known him for more than 25 years and looked forward to seeing him when I could .... he will be sadly missed by many.
  • Nov 25, 2017
    Gordon always did amazing work for us from redoing my Dad's Model A's or a quick repair for a customer, he always got it done on time even though he had so much work to get done.
    Our thought are with you
    Brian August
  • Nov 24, 2017
    Very sorry for your loss. Gord was a very hard working and always a pleasure to deal with. He will be missed and always remembered. Larry M&M Performance
  • Nov 24, 2017
    To The Evans' family...I am very sorry for your loss. Your wonderful memories will warm your hearts and bring laughter among you ALL... God Bless you Gord.
  • Nov 24, 2017
    i always enjoyed our conversation at the rink.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • Nov 24, 2017
    Kim, (my little sister) so sorry for your loss. Gordon was a character and will be missed by the automotive old timers in Kelowna who kept the cars going in the 70's and to present day, my dad included.
    Time passes so fast for all of us, condolences to the rest of your family.
    Bill Pryce and family
  • Nov 24, 2017
    Sad, an icon in the upholstery business. He and his family were neighbours of ours for years in East Kelowna.
    Gordon and Joel recently did some magic on my collector truck.
    Rest in Peace.
    Terry Feeny
  • Nov 24, 2017
    RIP my friend, you will be missed.
    Condolences to the family,
    Dale McCormick
  • Nov 24, 2017
    Kim, Glenn, Justin, Brenda, Ross & Joel,
    We are so sad for your loss. We will miss the times with Gord when our families got together on special occasions, especially Gord's "unique" sense of humor! You will have many fond memories to share, as will we. Our thoughts are with you, always.
    Love, Carrie, Roland, Chris, Steven and Kevin
  • Nov 24, 2017
    Ross, Joel, Kim and families, our thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead as you mourn the loss of your dad. We share your sorrow in his passing. He will be missed, but remembered always as a friend and neighbour.
    The Nicholas family