Rev. Gordon McAuslan
MCAUSLAN, Gordon William Faber (Rev.) - died at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, 26 June 2018, in his 81st year. Loving and devoted husband for 55 years of Diana Gail Shaufler. Cherished father of Bonnie-Heather McAuslan and Lee Merrick, Peggy Ann and Walter Medeiros, Sharon Linn and Tom Brier, Janet June McAuslan, and Diana Kathleen and Douglas Gillard. Proud grandfather of Darien Merrick and Andrew Crichton, Tyler James (deceased) and Jaime Lynn Medeiros, Tommy Brier and Juliana Flegel, Jaden Brier, Christin, Colin and Krystal, and Cameron Gillard. Loving brother of Kenneth (Gerry), and Carol (Lorne) Jenner. Predeceased by his mother Fern Janet Lawson, and father George Faber McAuslan, his brother Robert (Beverly), brother Jack (Marguerite), and sisters Jean (Earl) Verbridge, and Betty (Charles) Currey.
Gord was born in Windsor, Ontario, and enjoyed singing, and playing the piano and organ. He was a reserve member of the Essex-Kent Scottish Regiment. He was a student minister at Belle River under Rev. Morley Clarke, deceased. He attended Pine Hill Divinity College for six summers before he was ordained in Mount Brydges as a minister of the United Church of Canada in 1972. Gord served many charges, including Lyndoch, Wheatley, Brigden and Mount Brydges. He was one of the founding clergy who led community congregations in the annual ecumenical Mount Brydges Good Friday Walk. During his tenure at Wheatley, he and Diana were instrumental in organizing a community marching band. Together they actively pursued a ministry of music: Diana as an elementary music school teacher; Gord as accompanist, composer and arranger for the Wheatley Area Public School music program, including composing the school song.
After his retirement, Gord continued to be an active member of the community. He was a volunteer organist, choir director, and visionary. For example, he composed music for, and spearheaded the staging of, a Boar’s Head Service, involving 101 cast and musicians.
Dad filled our world with a committed belief in possibilities, in fairies and wee folk, in being true to ourselves, and doing what was right. He shone a flashlight down the path of our creative journeys and encouraged us to marvel at the mysteries of life and the universe. His joy and generosity knew no bounds. He never sought personal greatness; his proudest moments were those when he could support others to achieve their personal best. At sporting events, he would cheer so passionately for strangers that he spit out his false teeth.
In Dad's words, repeated so often of late, “Thank you, thank you!” for your love and support. And in Dad's honour, the family agrees that “the door [remains] always open and the coffee’s always on.”
Friends are invited to Mount Brydges United Church (22522 Adelaide Road, Mount Brydges, ON) for a Celebration of Life on July 29th at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation (for HIV Clinic / Infectious Diseases Care Program), or the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society would be greatly appreciated.
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