Gordon Roston

Gordon H. Roston

Tuesday, August 11th, 1936 - Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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Gordon Henry Roston
August 11, 1936 – August 19, 2020

Beloved husband of Margo (Freiman), father to Susan, Adam and Laura (Mark Budovitch), adoring Papa to Nathaniel, Ethan and Skye, brother to Diane Mary (deceased) and loving uncle to Evan, Brian (Stacey) and Joel.

Born in Chicago, Il, Gordon attended Cornell University and moved to New York, where he met Margo Freiman. From there, they shared 58 adventurous years together. Gordon’s life was full of purpose and meaning. His goal in life was to raise a family and give back to his adopted country. Gordon’s career included business, politics, public service, mediation and volunteerism. He had a zest for life that was infectious and he lived by values that affected all those around him and enriched their lives. He aspired to be a kind, honest, loyal and courageous person.

The twinkle in his eyes and his warm smile made those he met feel like part of his family. Gordon lived his life as we all should, being in the present moment. Gordon loved the arts, music and theatre. He loved tennis, squash and swimming. Every morning he went for a swim. He didn’t count laps, he just made every lap count – that is how he approached everything in life. He had that calming peaceful attribute of starting the day off right so he could embrace the days in his life with gratitude - Gratitude for his wife his children, and his community. These relationships were his treasures that made him proud and his family felt that love whenever they were with him.

The family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers, Flor, Rosa and Mohammed, and the Ottawa Hospital’s Dr. Johnathan Lau for his care and kindness. Please consider a donation in Gordon’s honor to Parkinson Canada (

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Judith Slipacoff

Posted at 08:34pm
That is a beautiful obituary for a wonderful gentleman who had a pretty wonderful life. Always happy to see you, always charming even though I remember we shocked him by refusing to be on the Board of the Chamber Music Festival since neither of us cares for that music - apologies! Our thoughts are with you, dear Margo, and with your family. Sorry we haven't seen you in so long. You are a special lady and you deserved the best which hopefully you had with Gordon. Long life to you all,
Sincerely, Harvey and Judith Slipacoff

Wendy Warburton

Posted at 05:06pm
Dear Margo, George and I were very sad to read about Gordon's death in today's Citizen. We greatly enjoyed the time we spent with him and you playing golf and sharing meals. Gordon was a wonderful raconteur and true gentleman. George still recounts the story when Gordon ran over George's dilapidated golf cart that he had rescued from someone's garbage, and then turned up at our house with a brand new one. Such a kind and generous gesture by a kind and generous man! Our thoughts are with you, your children and grandchildren at this sad and difficult time. We hope you are able to find comfort in knowing that Gordon was well-loved and appreciated by many. Wendy

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