Gordon Ivan Zavediuk passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside, May 26, 2023, at the age of 90, just in time to be with his wife, Nancy who passed in March, for their 62nd anniversary on May 27th.
Gordon and Nancy raised two successful and caring children, who provided them with 3 wonderful grandchildren. Daughter Melanie, her husband Greg Shulman, and their sons Jacob and Oliver, and their son Greg, and his daughter Natalie. Dido was the father and grandfather that was always there to watch a game, offer business advice, or try to create a smile or a laugh.
Gordon was born in Regina to Carrie and Nick Zavediuk and was the oldest of four children. He was the best big brother to his siblings, Joanne, Orest, and Ron. As part of a large Ukrainian prairie family, his youth was filled with road trips, cousins, and a home that welcomed everyone.
His love of people took him into the hospitality industry where his energy and commitment to his work paid off. After four years as General Manager of the Mayfair Hotel in Edmonton, he and his burgeoning family moved to Jamaica in 1967 to take on the same role at Carib Ocho Rios Resort, where he also became the Director of the Jamaican Hotel and Tourism Association.
On returning to Canada, he became Regional Director, for Atlific Hotels & Resorts Inc. (Holiday Inn) and served as Director for the Vancouver Visitors and Convention Bureau and British Columbia and Yukon Hotels' Association.
The love of raising a family in West Vancouver and at the Whistler cabin led to his next role as Vice-President, Wendy's Restaurants of Canada where he introduced, developed, and operated Wendy’s in Western Canada until he moved on to his next challenge.
He joined Coopers & Lybrand in 1987 and worked to develop the Western Canada Hospitality Industry Practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Gordon co-founded Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd., with Ralph Miller in 1997. He never stopped working with his best friend, and still drove to the office regularly to make sure everything was getting done.
He had a passion for traveling and saw the world with Nancy and often the family tagging along. Some of his greatest joys were having children and grandchildren with him on their numerous family trips.
The extraordinary daily dedication to his wife, as she struggled the past years, highlighted his devotion and loyalty to his family and friends. He was always there when you needed him and would ensure everything was done right.
Dido lived life with class and dignity, and he took great pride in all the family achievements. He supported every dream and would do everything to make them a reality. Dido, we see you in everything we have become. We will miss you dearly, but your love is a part of us forever.
Friday, June 2, 2023
Funeral Service: 10:30 AM - Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.
Internment: 12:30 PM - Capilano View Cemetery, West Vancouver.
Gathering following at the home of Greg Zavediuk. North Vancouver