Robert (Rob) Alan Gordon

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Robert (Rob) Alan Gordon

August 28, 1932 - August 15, 2020


A loving husband, father and grandfather, Rob passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 15, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario after a lengthy and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on August 28, 1932 in Toronto, Ontario to Eveleen and Alan Gordon.

Rob will forever be missed by Joan, his wife of 63 years, his sister Geraldine, his beloved children Ian (Jeanne) and Lynn (Brian), and his adoring grandchildren Lauren, Stuart, Maeve, Andrew, and Ryan.

Rob gave fully of himself in everything he did. A man with a superb intellect and a warm, outgoing personality who treasured his family, he was also an avid outdoorsman who loved to cycle, walk, and sail, especially under a full moon at the cottage in Blue Sea Lake, Quebec, where he spent some of his happiest days with family and friends. For the last 30 years Rob and Joan were fortunate to live in the same neighbourhood as their children and grandchildren. An adoring grandfather, he shared his time, love, and knowledge with his five grandchildren regularly.

Rob graduated from the University of Toronto in 1956 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. He met the love of his life Joan Nelson on July 1, 1956. The first 3 years of their married life were spent travelling in Germany, Italy, Belgium, and France where Rob worked for Canadian Applied Research Ltd. training NATO air forces on the use of a navigational computer for interceptor aircraft. On his return to Canada, he applied his expertise to a variety of electronic projects at Litton Systems and Ferranti Electronics. In 1965 he joined the Canadian federal government in Ottawa and worked for various departments for over 25 years, finishing his career in 1990 as the Assistant Deputy Minister for Spectrum Management at the Department of Communications. Post retirement, Rob applied his extensive knowledge at the CRTC as a commissioner, and as a highly regarded board member with Teklogix in Toronto.

A celebration of Rob's life will be held in the near future. If you would like to attend or learn more please email

In lieu of flowers, an "In Memory" donation in Rob's name to Parkinson Canada at or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Source: Ottawa Citizen


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1983 - Robert Gordon new ADM
1983 - Robert Gordon, nouveau sous-ministre adjoing

 1987 - Federal Department of Communications - District managers gather

1987 - Ministère fédéral des Communications - Réunion des gestionnaires de district