Obituary of Gordon Manning Baxter
Gordon Manning Baxter, 82 Glace Bay We are saddened to announce the passing of our dad, Gordon Manning Baxter on December 25, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family at the age of 82. Born in Glace Bay, he was the son of the late Harry and Willena Baxter and the last surviving member of his immediate family. Dad was a reserved, quiet man who always gave his honest opinion and had a dry sense of wit. Left with a lifetime of love and beautiful memories are his sons, Tyler (Lynn), River Ryan, Gordon Jr. (Tammy), Glace Bay and his daughter, Michele (Joe MacLellan), Glace Bay. He was a Poppy like no other to Drew (Emma), Bret, Mitchell (Dee), Jenna, Jillian, Tristan (Katherine) and Cole. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Edith MacLean and her family who cared deeply for him, many nieces and nephews and his special cousins, the MacDonalds. Also left to mourn his passing is his companion, Theresa Babstock who kept his spirit alive with her caring ways, friendship, and love. Dad was predeceased by our mom, Ann Louise, who passed at the early age of 59 in 1996. He was also predeceased by his brother Jimmy, sister, Sheila MacDonald, and brother-in-law Edward Hunt. Dad was a hard worker providing for his family, impacting us with his tireless work ethic. He retired as an underground mechanic from Devco but was never idle. He always put his family first and then anyone else who needed a hand. He had a heart bigger than life, and nothing made him happier than helping others. He was our Mr. Fix-it, our chauffeur, or whatever else we needed. He went above and beyond to help his family and those around us. He loved to watch game shows, do word search puzzles and spending time in the garage working on any project with which he was presented. In his earlier years, dad was an avid camper and looked forward to the Miner’s vacation spent at Sherwood Forest in the Annapolis Valley or at Ben Eoin Campground. He was a star bowler being a member of the 400 club multiple times and had a strong passion for playing poker. Dad will always be in our hearts and minds as a dedicated father and a wonderful role model. Our family was truly blessed to have such a person as our dad and Poppy. We would like to thank Palliative Care who was wonderful to him, especially Brett Gillis. Respectfully at this time there will be no service. Cremation has taken place under the care of T. J. Tracey Cremation and Burial Specialists, Glace Bay. A mass of Christian burial will take place at a later date with Father Norman MacPhee presiding. Donations in dad’s memory can be made to Palliative Care or Cape Breton Cancer Center. Words of comfort may be sent to the family by visiting www.tjtracey.com. Dad He never looked for praise He was never one to boast He just went on quietly working For the ones he loved the most. His dreams were seldom spoken His wants were very few And most of the time his worries Went unspoken too. He was there… A firm foundation Through all our storms of life A sturdy hand to hold on to In times of stress and strife. A true friend we could turn to When times were good and bad One of our greatest blessings The man that we called Dad.