Lloyd Lamont “Monty” Gordon, 87, of Toronto, Ontario, died July 26, 2019.
Monty was the youngest of four, born April 29, 1932, to Earnest Frances and Katharine Walker (Bown) Gordon, who farmed in Harriston, Ontario.
Life was not exciting enough for him in that small town, so he set off after high school to explore the world. He started at the University of Western Ontario, graduated with an MBA in 1955, and went on to start many successful businesses, including Gordon Securities (later Gordon Capital).
He was finally forced to retire in 2016 due to declining health, but until then joined the morning rush hour on the Toronto subway, heading to the office at 7 a.m. on the dot.
Monty enjoyed life, beautiful women — he married three times — the stock exchange, and loved a good laugh. Outings with him were often filled with small sports cars, spontaneous adventure, spicy gumdrops, friends and cheap red wine. He worked hard, he played hard, and he traveled extensively.
He cherished his family: his five children and their spouses, his 16 grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; his parents, siblings and spouses; all his nieces and nephews; and his many godchildren. He also cherished his many dear friends, some of whom he has known and kept in touch with since those early college days.
One of his greatest life achievements was helping to found the Canadian Olympic bobsleigh team, and competing in Olympic games as well as for world championships. He was honored in 2017 by Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton for his lifetime involvement with the creation of the “L.L. Gordon Spirit Award,” given annually to the athlete who best embodies Lamont’s drive and commitment to the sport of bobsleigh.
There are many fond memories of times at Lake Placid when the family would go to watch the bobsledding; Monty seemed to know everyone there and there was always a group around the table at dinnertime.
Over his lifetime, he made his home in many places: Toronto, Boston, London, New York, Montreal and Nassau, but his home in Vermont was one of his most dearly loved, and early memories of that home in this beautiful land are why some of his children chose to settle here to raise their families.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Barbara Gordon of Stowe; his children, Katharine Gordon and her children Connor, Haley and Laura, Deborah (Tim Hartt) and their children Jessica, Keaven (Brett Loffredo), Seamus, Walker, Robyn and Sammi, James (Shannon McQuillan) and their children Sam and Angus, Pamela (Maik Rehfeldt) and his children Laura, Louisa and Bekkie, and Jennifer (Fritz Burkard) and their children Emma-Sunshine, Ellie, Millie, Heidi, Lela and Mila; his nieces Lana, Joan, Ann, Trudy, Louise and their many children and families; and his numerous godchildren.
His parents, Frank and Katie, died earlier, as did his brother Jimmy, sisters Emma and Frances, nephew Gordon, great-nephew Lee, and first wife Joan Cartwright.
Monty lived a full life, had a peaceful death, was loved by many, and will be sorely missed. He was a very good father.
A celebration of his life will be held in October in Toronto.