Special Tribute to Gordon Garrison

Summer 2009 CSANews Issue 71  |  Posted date : Jul 21, 2009.Back to list

In Memoriam

Gordon "Gord" Garrison, contributing travel writer for CSANews magazine, passed away on May 1, 2009 at his winter residence in St. Petersburg, Florida. From 2004 to 2009, Gord shared his numerous travel adventures with readers of CSANews, recounting visits to such faraway places as Tunisia, Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand and Costa Rica. He also encouraged local travel, with inspiring features on "back-door" destinations, such as Newfoundland and Labrador, The Yukon and Manitoba. Gord profiled many snowbirds for the Snowbird Interview column, and he wrote an enlightening biography of Canadian jazz vibraphonist Peter Appleyard.

Gord was an avid traveller. He and his wife Laura visited all seven continents, including Antarctica twice and Africa 20 times. His philosophy on travel was to see the usual tourist attractions, then to go off the beaten track to explore the natural features of the country, as well as to meet the local people and learn about their lifestyle and culture. Gord and Laura developed many friendships around the world.

The love of travel evolved into freelance travel writing, and Gord's articles were published in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as Gord's 14-year-old granddaughter Justine had her work recently published in EnviroKids, a publication put out by WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa). The news was bittersweet, as Gord, such an inspiration for his granddaughter, wasn't there to share in the excitement.

Gord is survived by his wife of 58 years, as well as by their four children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pic 1: Gord with his granddaughter, aspiring writer Justine.

Pic 2: Gord with his daughter Catherine.

Pic 3: Gord in his broadcast booth, relating a travel story.