Obituary of Gordie Enghoj
Gordon “Gordie” Enghoj was born September 16, 1930 in Stettler, AB to Karen and Chris Enghoj the first of five children and passed away January 11, 2021, at the Extended Care Hospital in Killam, AB at the age of 90. Gordie leaves behind his sister Norma Hancar, his sister-in-law Connie Enghoj, and brother-in-law Marvin Bruce. 10 nieces and nephews Jean (Stan) Hnatiw, Pat (Ken) Edgerly, Andrea Olson, Sandi (Jay) Butterworth, Darrell (Carla) Karbonik, Kathy Hall, Bev (Rod) Bouchard, Sonja Smith, Marilyn (Terry) Ablett, Gail (Darren) Smith. And many great nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gordie was predeceased by his sister Kay Karbonik, sister Karen Bruce, brother Bernie Enghoj, brother-in-law Andy Karbonik, brother-in-law John Hancar, and sister-in-law Joyce Enghoj.
The family moved around a bit with Chris’s job on the railroad, until they settled in Killam, AB in 1944. Here Gordie found a home in Killam, and Killam found a #1 Fan in Gordie.
Gordie became an energetic worker on the hockey arena project. In February 1961, Killam had a Grand Opening of the New Arena. Once the ribbon was cut and the arena was officially open, Gordie dropped the puck to start the hockey game and was given the puck as a keepsake.
Gordie continued supporting and never missed an event in Killam. The Complex where “Girls skated” and “Boys played Hockey” had swimming and bowling and of course coffee all summer. The Rodeo and Parade kept Gordie hopping and then every September his birthday and the ICE went in!!
The Pool hall was a big part of Gordie as well. Gordie played many pool table card games and pool table dice games. Sometimes ending up with 5 of the same card….imagine that! All would be celebrated later over a coffee and discussions about his 1600 girlfriends.
Gordie would casually mention his picture in the arena, being Voted “Small Town Hero” and the dedication at the skate park. He really was Killam’s #1 Fan.
Thank you to all Gordie’s friends that took him to coffee mornings and afternoons. He was teased by the “Guys”, but he gave it back as good as he got it. Thank you to all his caregivers and to everyone that stopped in to see him.
Gordie’s smile and laughter will be missed, but not forgotten. Please post your comments and memories here for all to share. They will bring a smile and a tear to each of us.
A Graveside service was held for Gordie on August 24, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Killam Cemetery. Fellowship and refreshments will follow the srevice at the Killam Senior Centre, all are welcome to attend.
Memorial donations in memory of Gordie can be made to the Killam Arena (Killam Recreation Board), c/o Town of Killam Box 189 Killam, AB T0B 2L0.