Gordon Lloyd Vivian

February 18, 1940 to March 1, 2023


It is with profound sadness that the family of Gordon Lloyd Vivian announce his passing on March 1st, 2023 at the age of 83.

Predeceased by his parents Stanley and Blanche Vivian; sister Lorraine Stanley; son-in-law John Brazill; and brother-in-law Charles Squires.

Gord leaves many fond, funny and now very cherished memories to his wife of 58 years, Patricia.  His daughter Sherry (Bruce Tilley); two grandchildren Donovan Vivian-Parsons, and Carmen Vivian-Brazill (Joey Wagner).  He also leaves to mourn his only brother Jim Vivian (Alice), sisters Christine Sooley (Howard), Bonnie Vivian Whittle; and sister-in-law Faith Squires.  Gord will also be missed by many nieces, nephews and their families, and many more friends and acquaintances.

Gord was born in Hearts Delight-Islington, Trinity Bay.  He moved to St. John’s as a young teenager where he attended high school, then onto college, where he got his trade as a Master Plumber.  He continued in that trade until he finally hung up his pipe wrench in 2010, but he was still known to install a hot water boiler or thaw frozen pipes for someone who asked.  Even after retiring, “Mr. Vivian”, “Gord”, “Dad”, “Pop”, “Uncle Gord” was often called upon to either fix a problem, or to lend the tool – which he ALWAYS had – for the repair.  He was an enormous wealth of advice to those attempting tasks they were unsure of, and he became a valued mentor to the lucky few close to him.  The knowledge he has passed on will be treasured even more.

In his younger years, Gord took a lot of enjoyment in woodworking.  He liked trouting and ice fishing.  He loved classic cars and could name the year and model of most any car by just a glance.  Gord and his wife Patricia square-danced with the Avalon Stompers well into their 50s and 60s.  He loved a good feed of pea soup with salt meat and dumplings, and wouldn’t turn down a gift of moose, turr, rabbit, or codfish.

When Gord was just 42 years old, he suffered a massive heart attack and was told he would not live to see the next day.  Well, he lived a fulfilling 41 years after that, during which he battled and beat many more health issues thrown at him, proving cats are not the only ones with 9 lives.  He was strong, resilient, and unassuming.

Cremation has taken place.  The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Monday, March 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, March 7 at 2 p.m. 

In honour of Gordon, donations can be made to any local food bank or the SPCA.



2-4 p.m. on March 6, 2023

7-9 p.m. on March 6, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Tuesday March 7th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Was so sorry to hear your father passed. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Janet Hearn

Sherry so sorry to hear about your dads passing, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Hang on to the good memories during the difficult times….

Condolences to Jim, Christine and Bonnie as well as the rest of the family from Yvonne and myself.

Heaven is where Gord is now- and no knee pain at last ! I will miss seeing him and his warm smile.

Patricia, Sherri and family. So sorry to hear the sad news about Gordon on his passing away, so suddenly. We, all, certainly had great memories of him that’s for sure, laughter, snow shoveling, grass cutting,etc. He was always there to have a chuckle with us in return. We, as a neighbour, in our time are greatly going to miss him. Heaven has called another Angel ,Gord, our friend, RIP. “Let Eternal Light Shine Upon Him”
Love: Bruce, Verna, Otto,Cory, and families.

Sincere condolences on Gords passing. I have many fond memories of square dancing with Pat and Gord,many years ago..l we shared lots of fun and laughs . Cherish your family memories .

To the Vivian family please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your loved one.. Francis & Elizabeth Keating.

Dear Pat, I was so sorry to read of Gord’s passing. Mom and Dad always spoke so fondly of you both; best friends, and square dancers extraordinaire! You guys had so much fun on your adventures. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time,
Much love

Pat and family. With our deepest sympathy on the passing of your beloved Gord. May your precious memories comfort you at this difficult time.
Your cousin Dan, Mary and family

Pat , Sherry and family. Dave and I are so sorry for your loss ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of sorrow. May the memories of Gordon help you during this difficult time ! Marina and Dave Mercer

Pat Sherry and family I want to pass on my Condolences on the passing of Gord., our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this time of Sorrow. RIP Gordon

Our deepest condolences to you Patrica , Sherry and grandchildren

To all of Gord’s family and friends: We are so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time.

Gary and I sadden to learn of Gord’s passing. Another leaf has fallen of the Sooley tree. We remember Gord as a gentleman. His sense of humor and his kindness has was known by so many. We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the entire family.
Merrill Sooley and Gary Moulton

so sorry pat o hear of gords passing condolences to the family.

To Pat and Sherry Vivian Famalies .
We are so sorry to hear of Gords passing .He was such a rest man ,and a great one
To talk to . God be with you all at this sad time ,keep his memories in your heart.

So sorry to hear about Gord’s passing. I remember when I was living in Mount Pearl, Mom (I’m one of Vera’s crowd) suggested I call Gord when I had a plumbing issue. He refused to take any money for the time he spent repairing. He sat down and had a nice chat and a cup of tea in payment! Kind man. Condolences to all the family.

Sherry, Donovan & family, so sorry for your loss.

To Pat,Sherry and family: So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Christine, Howard and family
So sorry of hear of the passing of your loved one. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincere condolences to all the family!

So sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing Deepest sympathy to his family. Take care. And We are sure that all the memories you have of you lives together will bring you some comfort.
Bob and Janet Crocker

To The Vivian Family
Sending our most sincere condolences to you all at this time. Saddened to hear of Gord’s passing.. Lots of memories to hold onto and cherish! Gods bless!

Mrs. Vivian , Sherry, Donovan and Carmen.
So sorry to hear of Mr. Vivian’s passing. He was definitely a man with a wealth of knowledge that he has passed along to many. He will be missed but never forgotten. Thinking of you all with deepest condolences 🙏,
Brenda Courage and Corey Hellings

Pat and Vivian Family….. I am so very sad yo learn about Gord’s passing.. He has always had a special place in my heart. Loved him! Deepest condolences are sent to all the family. Hugs from Marilyn and Allan

To Pat, Sherry, All Family & Friends. My sincere Condolences to All on Gord’s passing. He was a great man. Work dedicated being a professional plumber & peoples person. When I was providing Cleaning Services to many businesses, Gord was performing the Pluming Services. Every time I would run into Him, I would say, How are your pipes today Gord! He would say, with a big smile& laugh. Oh, their good & clear Bye! So those memories & times I will never forget. So Sorry for His Loss & may He R.I.P.. God Bless to All. From ALEX CROCKER.

Sincere condolences to all the family. My thoughts are with you during this sad time..
Norma sooley Hickman

Condolences to all the family..very good memories of Gord square dancing like every thing in is live,every move was perfect,rest in peace.

Sending out deepest condolences to Pat and all of Gord’s immediate family. 🙏
Also sincere condolences to the Vivian family and their extended family members.
Memories are like a history book with loads of laughs!!
Enjoy the memories and know that you are all being thought of today as you miss your brother, husband, father and friend!
Until you all gather in the promised land. God willl Bless you🙏🙏

Sorry for your loss. Worked with Gord on many jobs, always a good person to work around.
God Speed.

Deepest sympathy to Aunt Pat, Sherry, Donovan and Carmen. He always joked that “I was his favourite”! I would tell him, “I already knew that”. We would have a good laugh about it. We will miss him very much. His passing is a big loss to the Vivian family.

My heart goes out to our family at home dealing with the loss of Uncle Gord. We wish we could be there to celebrate his life ❤️ lots of love, thinking of everyone.

Kristen, Ashley and Nic Peach.

Uncle Gord will be terribly missed. I wish I could be there to celebrate his life with my family. I love you all. I’m sending all my love from Mexico ♥️♥️

Pat, Sherry, Donovan, Carmen and family, I was so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing.. It’s never easy to say goodbye to someone you love… thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Barb Wiseman