Gord Downie

2/6/1964 - 10/17/2017

Obituary Overview

Canadian Icon


Gordon “Gord” Edgar Downie

February 6th, 1964 – October 17th, 2017

We lost a true Canadian icon, talented poet and musician. His words and lyrics spoke to everyone, coast to coast and across the miles. A man that was so proud of his children and his family.

His support of our friends in the North and his story of Chanie Wenjack touched the lives of so many. Through the past two years, Gord’s dedication to this cause never wavered and his legacy is left with the knowledge to continue with his work.

In Gord’s honour, we welcome you to share your favourite memories and photos in the Guestbook and encourage you to donate to The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund through the Donations page.

Once completed, all the memories and photos will be shared with the Downie family as a keepsake.

Gord Downie

The outpouring of support Canadians have shown for Gord over the past two years has meant a great deal to our family. We know his dedicated fans are mourning his passing and hope they can find comfort in sharing their memories and supporting his legacy.

- Michael Downie, brother of Gord Downie

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Posted by Penny Westcott | 12/7/2017

Rest in peace Gord. You are so missed by this whole Country. My condolences to the Downie family. I hope that you can find some comfort in knowing that Gord was truly loved by this entire Country. The Hip's music will live on forever. I was lucky enough to see them several times, my favourite one being back in the 1980's at a small bar in Hamilton, Ontario called Dallas. Best show ever. I was in love with right from that day . It's hard to believe Gord is gone but he is smiling from above and will watch over you. Until we meet again. Thank you Gord xo

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Posted by Terri Taylor | 11/24/2017

As a former Kingstonian I witnessed the rise of the Tragically Hip in the late '80's, early 90's. I saw them in concert twice, both times at Fort Henry and remained a fan ever since. I remember driving down Princess St or along Rideau street in Kingston, when a Hip song would come on the radio and I would crank it loud & roll down the windows and sing along. Many times I would see Gord & the Guys "out & about" in Kingston, at the Keg, Zap Records or just out strolling around and then years later I had the honour of serving them at my cash at the downtown Barrack St. LCBO. I remember feeling especially "hometown proud" when the Tragically Hip received the "Key to Mexico City" in the early 90's. Then there was the induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, WOW! When The Hip announced their tour in 2016, tickets sold out quick and were exorbitantly priced. I remember hearing that The Hip were astonished to find out that even THEY couldn't buy a ticket to their own concert! I am ever so grateful that Gord D, Robby, Gord S., Paul & Johnny generously arranged for CANADA as a Nation to watch them in Concert on August 20, 2016. I now reside in Barrie Ontario and I went down to the Barrie Waterfront to play my part in "History". What an amazing memory to cherish for the rest of my life!! Gord & the Guys brought Canada together as a Nation in one spectacular "Love In"!!! For anyone who is Spiritually minded and is aware of the Earth's "vibrations & frequencies", The Tragically Hip definitely elevated the vibration and the frequencies of Earth that night!! Thanks for the music Gord, your lyrics will resonate with me forever. To Gord's Family & Bandmates, he came to Earth on a mission and he achieved it. He will be missed yet we can all take solace in knowing that his music will live on forever...."Hey, Man, THANKS!"....Rest easy Gord, You have earned your wings! Terri Taylor , Barrie Ontario P.S. I now have several pairs of socks all different colours & styles that I have sewn together and I wear around my neck, to keep my neck warm. Thanks for starting a "cool trend" Gord! I hope others follow suit. xo

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