Dr. Gordon Leonard Vincent P Eng. MBA SPRINGATE

SPRINGATE, Dr. Gordon Leonard Vincent, P.Eng., MBA

February 6, 1931 ~ May 9, 2014

Gordon died peacefully with

his beloved wife, Joyce by

his side after a short struggle with pancreatic cancer. 

Gordon was a wonderful

Dad to his children: Hilary (Wendy), Gordon (Charinee), Gregory, Charmaine (Mark), Chris (Cynthia), and Blair (Anne).  He was a warm

and welcoming Step-Dad

to Joyce’s children, Jeffrey (Maureen) and Eileen (Carl).  He was very proud of his grandchildren: Kelsey, Leah, Amanda, Solonge, Georgia, Ryan and Griffin Springate; and Richard and Elizabeth Church, and Reid Palmer.  Gordon is also survived by

brothers, Arnold and George; and sisters, Joy and Ruth;

as well as many nieces and nephews.  Gordon is survived by Charlotte, mother of his children.  Gordon was the son

of Walter and Eleanor Springate, born in Montreal. 

He completed his electrical engineering degree at

McGill University, his Master of Business Administration

at Simon Fraser University and his Doctorate with

Nova Southeastern University.  Gordon’s work brought

him from Toronto to Vancouver in 1967, then to Prince George, and finally to Kelowna in 1987 to be Dean of the

Division of Applied Studies at Okanagan University

College.  Over the years he also instructed for Nova

Southeastern University, City University, College of

New Caledonia, Simon Fraser University and the  Institute

of Canadian Bankers.  Gordon’s deep commitment to

his community was evident in many organizations and

activities where he donated his leadership skills and

wisdom.  He was committed to his position as Dean’s

Warden at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All

Angels; worked for many years with Scouts Canada,

receiving the Canada 125 Medal for volunteer contributions; committed more than 55 years of volunteer instructing and leadership to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons,

being Chief Commander for Canada; founding President

of the Westbank Toastmasters Club; Director for the

Gellately Nut Farm Society; President of the Kelowna

Probus Club and National President for Probus Canada;

volunteer with Red Cross; member of the Rotary Clubs

of Kelowna, West Kelowna, and Prince George; deeply

involved with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to several concordant bodies, including the Shriners; Past President

of the Association of the Professional Engineers and

Geoscientists for British Columbia; and the Canadian

Council of Professional Engineers.  When his children

were young, Gordon was involved in their sports, including being a hockey referee.  Gordon will be remembered

for his wonderful sense of humor, his sense of compassion and integrity, and for his commitment and generosity to his world.  He will be greatly missed by his family.  Memorial service will be at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and

All Angels, 608 Sutherland Ave, Saturday, May 17th

at 2 PM, with a reception to follow.  If desired, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Everden Rust Funeral Services, (250) 860-6440. 

Condolences may be sent to the

family by visiting everdenrust.com