Gordon “Gord” Kennedy Millar of Rimbey, Alberta passed away at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, after a short battle with leukemia, on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the age of 88 years.
Gord was born on October 8, 1934 at Foster’s Nursing Home in Olds; the third child of Charles E. and Doris (neé Botham) Millar. He spent his early years near Sundre until the Millar family moved to Banff in 1936. Gord attended elementary school in Banff and spent much of his time in the mountains skiing, horseback riding, and fishing. In 1947, the family relocated to Calgary where he finished his schooling and started working for Canadian Pacific Railways as a messenger between offices along the line in Calgary. Growing up around horses, in his late teens and early 20s Gord had the opportunity to work as a trail hand with his father, Chuck Millar, a well-known guide and outfitter in the Canadian Rockies. In the mid-50s, he returned to the mountains to begin working as a timekeeper for Parks Canada in Banff National Park at Lake Louise. When the Lake Louise office closed and moved to Banff, Gord moved to Banff as well and continued working until his retirement in 1991.
Since childhood, Gord’s greatest love was cars! Before he retired he built his home at Gull Lake, Alberta, with the most important part being a garage big enough for his ’80 Trans Am, ’89 Firebird, ’81 El Camino, and many more over the years. At family gatherings the question was always, “I wonder what kind of car Uncle Gordie is driving these days?” Gord moved to Rimbey in the early 2000s, and yet again bought a home based on the size of the garage that came with it! He spent the last years of his life at the Valley View Manor in Rimbey where he met his partner, Sandy, who was a great companion until his death.
Gord is survived by his son Tom Millar; his sisters Gertrude Wiechula of Calgary, and Gail (Sig) Seidel of Winnipeg, Manitoba; and his brother George (Betty) Millar of Nelson, B.C. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews Paul, Wendy, George, Ken, David, Colin, Nola, Jeannie, and Christel; as well as several cousins and many friends. Gord was predeceased by his parents Charles “Chuck” and Doris; and his sister Gwendolyn Bradley.
A public Memorial Service in Celebration of Gord’s Life will be held at the Seniors Drop-In Centre, 5110 – 53 Avenue, Rimbey on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., with the Reverend George Bradley officiating. Interment will follow later that day in the Red Deer Cemetery, Red Deer. If desired, memorial donations in Gord’s memory may be made directly to the charity of one’s choice. Thoughts and messages to the family may be shared through the condolence area located at the bottom of this page.
Service and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Gordon “Gord” Kennedy Millar entrusted to the care of