My vision is not of Gord walking amongst the stars. My vision is of Gord dancing amongst the stars, entertaining all of those who are watching him, spreading joy and love. Much as he did here in this life, he continues to bring peace and love in the next life.
We are blessed to be able to say that we were here at the same time as him. The impression he has left will be with me for the rest of my days. I know in my heart that one day Gord and I will get to dance one more time together like we have done on many occasions in the past.
My heartfelt condolences to the Downie family, I am sure this must be a very difficult time.
I was fortunate enough to see Gord Downie and Tragically Hip a few times. I enjoyed his music. He was a great musician. Gord may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His legend will last until eternity. May you rest in peace Gord!
I was always a fan of the music and the man behind it however, it became personal when Gord was diagnosed with the same cancer my 25 year old daughter Natasha died from in 2005.
When the tour was announced I could not get a ticket however, that was really a after thought.
What was foremost in my mind was how he was going to do a tour as sick as he was at that time.
I am not sure if people fully comprehend how incredibly difficult in every way from the physical to the mental and emotional that was for him to do.
The diseaese is inscidious and so unpredictable and this man pulled it off beautifully.
I do not know if there are surviving parents.
If so there is nothing worse in this life then for a parent to lose a child. Nothing.
So if there is surviving parents my heart goes out to you.
We have lost a icon and a legend .
You have lost someone and something so much more precious.
Love and healing thoughts go out to all of the family and close friends who are hurting and have lost so much XO
Hi: I really enjoyed his music especially the song bobcagoon it lifts my spirits to hear this song. We take my son fishing up north there and we enjoyed time there fishing with him. My husband and I watched the concert in Kingston first time we seen them in concert and it was amazing.. we enjoyed every song. I couldn't believe he was singing and dancing around and having so much fun knowing he had cancer and was not well. What a wonderful caring person to help the native people's too.. A True Canadian loved by many .. Every time I hear a song on the radio by the hip I turn it up! Thanks Gord for your gift of music.. go rest in heaven now.. God is very pleased with you.
Condolences to the Downie family and band members.
Being very close to Gord in age, the Hip has been an integral part of my life - from dancing my first newborn daughter to sleep to Fully Completely, playfully pinching my much older daughters when the line "that's when the hornet stung me" during family car trips to backyard sing alongs on the guitar to "New Orleans is Sinking".
I only saw the Hip play live once (Ottawa BluesFest 2001) but I did watch the final show online from a hotel room in Singapore - one of the thousands of expatriate Canadians online who felt homesick that they couldn't be home for this seminal event.
Since Oct. 18th, I have been listening to all the Hip albums as well as Gord's solo work and feel the loss all the more. Maybe I feel like a part of me passed as well.
After the final Hip show I donated to the Downie Wenjack Fund and again after Gord's passing. Reconciliation is a critically important issue and I admire Gord for waking some of us up about it. I hope one day to actively work with First Nations people in activity linked to my profession.
October 17th. A day that will forever remain in my heart. The day that I couldn't understand the grief I was feeling for someone I had never met. Gord felt like a family member, a friend. His passing has opened up feeling for me that were so intense, but at the same time, these feelings helped me feel and peace. Gord will always have a piece of me, and I know that he's taking care of all of us all the while walking amongst the stars. He is the brightest one in the sky, and all I need to do is look up to the gord above, and say Hey man, thanks :)
From the bottom of my heart, my most sincere condolences to his family and friends. He was loved, and will be loved, by so many.