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May 9, 1939 ~ October 9, 2013
"He loved to laugh and certainly enjoyed
his time with friends and family."
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Gordon Cohoon. Gordon was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada and raised in Vancouver and Burnaby.
After graduating from Burnaby South High School, Gordon went to work for Palm Dairy. He immediately recognized the financial rewards of hard work and determination that would serve as a foundation for the rest of his life.
Gordon's next career step was to obtain his Class 1 and start driving a semi-truck for United Van Lines. Once again he realized that if he worked harder than everyone else he could one day accumulate enough financial resources to lead his own transportation company. Central Dispatch served as his first effort to run his own firm in the transportation industry. Not surprisingly, it was a great success and soon received the attention of the Tri-line freight ownership group who asked him to join a partnership with their firm - an incredible career achievement in such a short time.
Ultimately, after a brief retirement, Gordon went on to once again purchase and lead Mitchell Bros. - a small American transportation company based out of Vancouver, WA. Naturally, Gordon grew this company from 10 trucks up to 150 with 200 employees - he was never one to sit back. He can certainly be proud of his career accomplishments and was very well respected in the transportation industry.
Gordon was not only driven to succeed, but also possessed a great sense of humor and loved to debate ideas. One of his favorite phrases was "Pitter, Patter, Let's get at her". Time with Gordon always guaranteed laughter and advice - he always challenged people to re-think their choices. Family excursions on a converted greyhound bus provided many unforgettable memories.
In addition, Gordon was always the first one to volunteer to help out when any of his family or friends needed assistance. With a family that included seven children, 15 grandchildren, and a set of parents with significant health issues, he was kept very busy providing care for his parents, assisting his children with renovations to their homes, or babysitting grandchildren with his wife Judie. Yet, despite his hectic schedule, he still found time to maintain his lawn - a favorite topic of family conversation as Gordon battled to have the perfect yard.
Upon the passing of his wife Judie, Gordon made a decision to settle in Maui, a place he had hoped both of them would ultimately have been able to retire. At a beautiful setting in Kaanapali, Gordon once again made a new network of friends, took up the game of golf, and provided a great destination for family and friends to visit. It provided many family memories of playing on the beach, learning the "pool rules", and playing cards and savoring good meals while enjoying a spectacular view.
Gordon continued to travel the world and could definitely state that he saw and accomplished all he would have hoped for.
Gordon certainly embodied the phrase,
"self-made man". If you are going to dream big,
you need to be prepared to put in the
work to make it happen.
Gordon will be greatly missed by his children and their spouses Gordon (Grace), Wendi (Al), Tracey (Ernie), Dayna (Adriano), Dawn (Tony), Reid (Aleka) and Cole; his grandchildren, Brandon, Krystle, Katelyn, Nolan, Robbie, Emily, Yenna, Rachel, Lexi, Patrick, Nick, Kayla, Jake, Myles, Erik; first wife, Tina; along with numerous cousins, and friends.
He was preceded by his mom and dad; and wife, Judie.
A celebration of Gordon's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 19th at Good Shepherd Church, 2250 150th Street, Surrey, B.C. Canada.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Gordon Cohoon to a
of your choice.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www. remembering.ca and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Oct. 13, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Davies Cremation | Cremation Vancouver WA
309 E 15th Street Suite "E" | Vancouver, WA 98663 | (360) 693-1036
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.