March 5, 2012


If you are regular visitor to this corner, you may know who my friend Gord is. If not, let me give you a quick version. I have known Gord for over 20 years and a few years ago we decided to backpack the West Coast Trail in order to ward off an impending mid-life crisis (neither of us could afford the Corvette or the hot young thing??). The West Coast Trail turned into a life altering experience for me and a life-affirming experience for Gord.
You can always read about that stuff in my book - there's a link on this page.
Anyway, I hope you will give a thought, and a prayer if you are so disposed, for my friend. He was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's a few years ago. Today, he and his wife made a visit to the doctor and from there, Gord was driven to a long term care facility, where he will now spend his days and nights.
He is still lucid most of the time but requires constant supervision and care.

Hang in there buddy.


  1. Hang in there Bob and visit Gord as often as you can. My good friend Hazel Gillepsie passed away last week after a 15 year battle with cancer. She was 62 years young. She left some words of wisdom which I would like to share with you.
    "I think I've finally figured out what's important in life. It's sharing the love for your friends, the emotions, and the memories,unabashedly".
    These ae words to live by I think.
    In friendship, Barbara Burggraf

  2. Dear Bob,
    God bless you for being such a good friend. I read the book...Gord will be remembered by all who read it.....what a guy...what a friend.
    Love Bren xoxo
    Loosing someone special...really SUCKS!

  3. Dear Bob,

    I am very grateful that Gord has you as a friend. You have had some great times together. I want to thank you for the support that you have given my family as they have gone through this very difficult time.
    I was at Hazel Gilleslpies funeral as well and her words of wisdom really are something to live by.
    Thanks Bob for all you have done for Gord.