Gordon Robertson, a 27-year resident of Florence, passed away in his sleep on March 21, 2017, after a five-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy, a Parkinson’s-type disorder.
Gordon Robertson, son of the late Alan and Virginia Robertson, is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lori Robertson; his two children: Spencer and Kay Robertson; and his two siblings: Janet Robertson and Margaret Garman.
Gordon grew up in Northern California and graduated from OSU with a degree in civil engineering. He maintained long-standing friendships with college roommates from Beaver Lodge, reuniting every summer for an annual family camping trip.
Friends would describe Gordon as being genuine, kind, helpful, compassionate, a man of integrity, a heartfelt adventurer and a true outdoorsman.
Growing up an Eagle Scout and a camp counselor, Gordon continued his love for scouting throughout his life. He led countless skiing and backpacking trips. After years of service, Gordon was awarded high honors as a scoutmaster. His son Spencer became an Eagle Scout under his leadership.
Gordon will be remembered for his contagious enthusiasm for camp songs whether rain or shine, often singing louder the harder it rained. He applied the spirit of scout law to all aspects of his daily life. As a contractor, he was generous with his time and talents in the community, regularly donating his time to Habitat for Humanity, always available to lend a hand to those in need.
Gordon was an avid boater, building his first canoe at age 13. In college, he took a trip down the Yukon with a friend in a raft they built. In later years, he enjoyed sailing adventures in San Juan Islands with his wife, Lori. Spending time with family, camping, hiking, swimming and traveling were among his favorite pastimes. He proudly built a private cabin that he frequented with family and friends on Siltcoos Lake.
Though the last few years were more difficult with a body that wouldn’t cooperate, Gordon always had a fighting spirit, was gracious to others and found joy engaging with those close to him.
A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m., at Camp Baker Boy Scout Camp in the main lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to either the www.multiplesystematrophy. org or the local Habitat for Humanity.
Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.