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In Memory of Gordon Kerluke

It is with great sadness that the family of Gordon Kerluke announce his passing on July 7, 2023 at the age of 84. Gordon was the beloved husband of Charlotte Kerluke (Pilon) and was predeceased by their daughter Michelle in 2007, their baby twins at birth in 1967, his father in 1979, his mother in 1998, his brother Larry in 2018, his sister, Angeline Olafson in 2023, his brother-in-law Francois in 2018 and sister-in-law Odette in 2021. His passing will remain in the hearts of in-laws close to him forever.         

Gordon was born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan and lived on a farm in Sheho. In 1956, he moved with his parents to Winnipeg. He attended the high schools at Sheho and Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, and served with Canadian Army Reserve Units in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the age of 26, he moved to Windsor, Ontario, where he worked with Union Gas and married the love of his life Charlotte Pilon and they made many lasting friendships. In 2020 they celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary. While in Windsor, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology which was followed by a Bachelor of  Laws degree. The family then moved to Ottawa where he completed the Bar Admission Course and in 1978 became a Lawyer in Ontario. While pursuing his legal studies, Charlotte provided the main source of their income.

After becoming a Lawyer, he worked briefly with Loeb/Provigo and was then offered a full time position with the National Capital Commission that lasted 22 years. He retired as the Director of Real Estate Transactions and continued several additional years in that position on a part-time basis. After the NCC, he worked part-time as a Consultant with Real Estate Services at the City of Ottawa.

Gordon was a proud member (having Ordinary status) of the Royal Canadian Legion for 50 years, and also a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Cumberland Lions Club. Before the onset of Parkinson’s disease, he held different positions on the Executive of Branch 632 including that of the President and was actively involved with the annual poppy campaign. In addition, he chaired the Veterans and Aging portfolio. Gordon always felt that as a Legion member, he had an obligation to ensure that there was respect, support and care for Veterans. At Branch 632, he was given the Legionnaire of the year award. 

Gordon’s most deeply held value in life was to live respectfully and responsibly in relation to his family and friends and all things living. He always tried to create a lifestyle that offered security and balance for his daughter Michelle who suffered and passed away from Wegener’s Granulomatosis at a young age. At the Cumberland Lions, Gordon served in different Executive positions including that of President and Chaired different committees, special events and fundraisers, and was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship.

In his battle with Parkinson’s disease and bouts with cancer, he faced the diseases like he faced all the challenges in his life which was with steely determination and true grit. The family extends thanks for the exceptional care provided by Dr. Zohra Mellick, Orleans and Dr. Leblanc at Montfort Hospital as well as all the staff on 3rd and 6th at Montfort.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Heritage Funeral Complex 1250 Trim Rd. Orleans (613 830-2305) on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Visitations start at 1 p.m., Ceremony at 2 p.m.  This will be followed by a Reception at Heritage Funeral Complex.  All are invited.   Donations in Gordon’s memory can be made to the Orleans Legion, Taylor Creek, or the Cumberland Lions Club, 2552 Old Montreal Road, Cumberland or Parkinson’s Canada.

Online condolences may be shared at www.heritage.ca. The Ceremony will be viewed virtually by following the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg4MAwyevrQ

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Dear Charlotte and family,

We are so very sorry to hear this sad news. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Gordon and I worked many years together at the NCC and he was always so wonderful and so very kind. Always enjoyed starting off my day with our little chats over coffee. Many laughs were had.

Gordon was so very special and always held a very place in our hearts❤️. We were reminiscing about Nicholas’ Christening when you were both able to join us. It was so wonderful having you with us❤️. Memories we will always cherish.

God Bless
Faye, Paul and Nicholas Richard

We are saddened by the news of Gords passing. I met Gord through the Legion, he joined our Oleans Seniors 632 group which plays cards at the Legion. We are saddened by his death. I was not here but he use to be our neighbor I hear. Our sincere condolences to his family, will always remember his friendship. RIP

I am so sorry for loss. Gordon was a great guy. I always enjoyed your visits and I know Mom did too.


I met Gord later in life in connection with the Poppy Campaign. His exceptional sense of duty and service was a true inspiration, and embodied the very best of the Legion ethos. His humility, consideration and fairness toward others was exemplary. I wish I had known him longer.

Dear Charlotte, Family Members & Friends,
Muriel and I were deeply saddened by the news of Gordon’s passing. Gordon was a real gentleman and everyone loved him. The genuine friendship we shared with Gordon started with our being members at the Cumberland Lions Club. Gordon volunteered his assistance with every Lions Club event and it was a real pleasure to work with him. The exemplary leadership and hard work that he always put forward at the Lions Maple Hall will be forever remembered. Thank you Gordon, for your many years of dedicated service to others. To Charlotte, and all family members and friends, please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. John 14:1.

I must say Gord was an extremely kind and thoughtful gentleman. He will be greatly missed at our legion and also his family and friends.
My sincere condolences Charlotte, family and friends. 😔

Sachez que votre peine est partagée avec vos cousin.e.s Sénécal: Gaston, Guillaume, Francine, Claire, Lorraine, Colombe, Maurice ainsi que Monique Caza (épouse de feu Gilles Sénécal), ainsi que mon époux, Ronald Keryluk.

So sorry to hear about Gord’s passing. I have great memories of Gord, Charlotte and Michele when we visited Ottawa, and my father always liked to see Gord. I hope he and my dad are back together reminiscing about the west and the good times they had growing up.

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