Former Greenstone Métis Council President William “Torch” Gordon Passes

William “Torch” Gordon

William Gordon, affectionately known as “Torch,” peacefully passed away on June 19th, 2023. Born in Nipigon, Ontario, Bill was recognized by his vibrant red hair, which earned him his nickname.

His passion for supporting his community led him to become deeply involved with the Métis Nation of Ontario, serving as the President of the Greenstone Métis Council for over 15 years.

In his role, he advocated for the rights of the Métis people in Ontario and the Greenstone area, travelling and forging lasting friendships, both far and wide. Torch embraced his responsibilities with enthusiasm, relishing the social connections he made along the way.

Bill had a heart of gold and was always the life of the party, as anyone who encountered him at a MNO Annual General Assembly or other community event would attest.

“Torch was the person you could rely on to make everyone feel at ease. We could be at any event and before long he would have gathered a group to listen laugh and joke around,” says PCMNO Councilor for Region 2 Tim Sinclair. “All the laughs and problems we faced together along with all the meals we shared. I will treasure these memories forever.”

Bill is preceded in death by his father, Jim Gordon, his mother, Jean Gordon, his wife, Lillian, and step-daughter, Charlotte. He will forever be cherished in the memories of his step-daughter, Erica, his grandchildren, Katrina and Eric, his sister, Ida Fedorus (Willie) and his brother, Allan Gordon (Irene) and numerous others.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 22nd, 2023, at 1 pm, at the Royal Canadian Legion, Robert Frost Branch #133 in Geraldton. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to support children’s’ sports in the community or the Royal Canadian Legion, in Bill’s honour.

“Torch will be truly missed. His many contributions including his years of service to Greenstone Métis Council will not be forgotten,” says President Froh.

The Métis Nation of Ontario extends its deepest sympathies to Torch’s family and friends and will always remember his incredible dedication.