Gordon Tiessen

March 13, 2024

In Loving Memory

Gordon Tiessen

It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Gordon, lovingly known as Popsi, a month shy of his 94th birthday. We rejoice that he is now with his Lord and Savior along with family and friends that have gone on before.

He was born in Warman, Saskatchewan to Henry and Mary Tiessen, where his father owned and operated the general store until 1946 when the family moved to Abbotsford BC. Gordon was the sixth of eight children and was predeceased by his parents, his wife Muriel, after 42 years of marriage, and his second wife Leone, after 26 years of marriage. 

Gordon is survived by 3 children with his wife Muriel (Mix): Brian (Sharilyn) Tiessen, Rod (Rena) Tiessen, Barb (Larry) Boss, along with seven grandchildren: Amy (Mark) Megyesi, Nathan (Elise) Tiessen, Clinton (Laura) Tiessen, Richard Tiessen, Cale (Naomi) Tiessen, Larson (Jodi) Boss, Kari- Lynn (Phil) Koehoorn and twelve great grandchildren.

Gordon is also survived by four stepchildren: Robert (Adrianna) Andrews, Glen (Margit) Andrews, Carol (Bruce) Ritchie, Lori (Dale) Stobbe, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. In addition, Gordon is survived by his brother Don (Edith) Tiessen.

Gordon met Muriel in 1949 at Western Canadian Bible Institute in Regina, Saskatchewan. They were married in Vermilion, Alberta where Gordon worked for his father in-law as an equipment operator. In 1951, he started driving tanker trucks for John Rempel Transport until 1954 when he returned to work for his father-in-law’s house moving business in Kindersley Saskatchewan. Along with his brother-in-law, Ben Francisco, he purchased the business and eventually sold it in1960.

Gordon then moved the family to Kamloops. He worked driving tanker trucks for Rempel Trail Transport, becoming branch manager until his retirement in 1989.

Gordon was active in the Kamloops Alliance Church where he served as an elder and was involved with various choirs, quartets, and other ministries.

After a career as a long-haul truck driver, he took great pleasure pulling his fifth wheel RV throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico. Often these adventures were with friends from the church and, eventually, they ended up at Good Life Resort in Mesa, Arizona where he spent his winters for over twenty years.

Gordon enjoyed many activities such as water and snow skiing, hockey, golf, and playing the piano. Gordon bought an upright grand piano and had it shipped across Canada for his mom when he was only 18 years of age.

In 2009, he published his memoirs in a book appropriately titled, “POPSI”. Gordon loved life and made lasting friendships wherever he went; he was one of a kind and will be missed by all who knew him.

Special thanks to the kind and loving staff at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm. A Memorial Service followed by a lunch reception will be held at the Kamloops Alliance Church, 200 Leigh Rd, Kamloops, BC V2B 2L6, 11:00am, May 3rd, 2024.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-554-2324 F: 250.554.3505

665 Tranquille Rd #4,
Kamloops, BC V2B 3H7

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 4

  1. Brenda Jackson says:

    Barb- sorry for your loss-….Dad is now with the Lord 🙏🏻

  2. Pete Lahucik says:

    My condolences to the family. I would like to shine on old times of Gordon, as the Lahucik family lived down the street on Sherwood Drive. Gordon at Rempel – Trail was a true gentleman as my dad Pete Lahucik Sr. owned the Pacific Fortune 66 on the North Shore we dealt with Gordon and at time he delivered the fuel in that Green / Yellow stripe Cab Over – I knew the boys from Mac Park & NorKam and my condolences to all the family. RIP Gordon – A true gentleman – Pete Lahucik Jr. – Kamloops

  3. Debby Kenna (Brown) says:

    I really can’t recall many childhood memories without the Tiessens being part of them. Our families were so very close. My favourite memory of Gordie is when he and I used to “sneak” the “Rebbel” (Revel) money from the horn in the boat and go to the concession at “Pine Georges” for a Revel. That “hidden stash” of “Rebble money” always seemed to be bottomless, and for the life of me, I never knew who kept replenishing the money!

    Mom, Dad, Gord and Mur played Rook hours after hour (often into the late hours of the night) … and of course mom and Mur would win because they had devised hand signals so they could cheat! The sound of their laughter is something I treasure!!! I’m sure they are playing Rook in heaven right now and listening to Grampa Gordie play the piano! Thank you for being such a special part of my life Gord – you were quite the man! Our loss is most certainly heaven’s gain!

  4. Dorothy Redekop says:

    To the family of Gord.

    I’m sorry I was unable to join you yesterday for the memorial service, but just wanted to send along my condolences. I was hoping to be able to view the service online.

    Irv, who passed away almost 8 years ago and much too soon, and I always enjoyed the few times we did get together. Gord was such a friendly, enthusiastic and joy filled person. I write this on my iPad which is propped up on one of the lap trays that Gord and Leone made for Irv and me many years ago. I use it every day.

    May you experience the Comfort of the Lord. I know Popsi will be missed.

    Dorothy Redekop

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