Thursday, June 8, 2023
June 8, 2023


On Feb 13th in the early morning hours, Gordon Scarff passed away in the Lady Minto Hospital on

Salt Spring Island at the age of 93 years. He was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on July 2nd, 1915. After

many years of logging and milling on North Pender, Gordon arrived on Saltspring in 1962 to begin

his newly formed company, Scarff Equipment Ltd. For many years, Gordon wielded machinery and

equipment on all parts of the Island, working cooperatively with the provincial government and local

municipalities on roads, water and sewer lines and many other projects where his backhoes and

other equipment could be put to use. There is a Scarff Lane near Ganges, named after him as a tribute

to his contributions to the road and housing infrastructure of Salt Spring Island as we know it today.

Gordon trained for his private pilots licence in the Spring of 1973 and on May 18th of that year he

took his fi rst solo fl ight in a Cessna 150.

Gordon is survived by his daughters Dr. Carol Scarff of Kelowna, BC and Audrey Shaw of Victoria BC;

grandchildren, Dr. Ronald Seatter and Donald Seatter of Ottawa, ON, Eugene Seatter of Vancouver,

BC, Amanda Clark of Lacombe, AB, Robert Shaw and Emily Madeline Shaw of Victoria, BC; and sister

Florence Harris of San Marcos, California. He also leaves behind fi ve great-grandchildren, namely

Brandon, Brooklynn and Jayde Seatter of Ottawa, ON; Tessa Virley O’Connor and Madeline Virley

Seatter of Ottawa, ON.

Gordon is predeceased by his wife, Madeline Ayers Scarff; his parents, Susan Rothwell Scarff and

David A. Scarff; and fi ve siblings, Clara, Geordie, Evelyn, Edwin and Harold.

In lieu of a memorial service a private family wake was held at

Gordon’s favourite haunts on the Island in order to celebrate his life

through storytelling, laughter and tears. The interment will take place at

the Garden of Devotion, Hatley Memorial, Victoria, BC at a later date.

Those inquiring of a way to offer condolences to the family and honour

Gordon’s life are encouraged to give a donation in his name to the

Canadian Cancer Society.

Our Father’s approach to life was enthusiastic, bold,

and full of song!

Sincerely submitted, Carol & Audrey

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