One of Saskatoon’s greatest sons has been laid to rest.
Bruce Gordon, a former Blades captain, 28-year police officer and newly-minted lawyer, was memorialized at a funeral service Wednesday afternoon.
Family and friends packed into Elim Church to pay their respects, remembering Gordon as an avid athlete and determined professional.
“In his mind he just needed a plan and he’d reach his ultimate goal,” said Jason Cain, Gordon’s friend and personal trainer.
Gordon, 54, died Sept. 29 after being diagnosed with terminal stage four pancreatic cancer.
The former junior hockey player was well known throughout Saskatoon’s legal and athletic communities for being a driven man.
After serving with the Saskatoon police, he retired from the service to pursue his dream of being a lawyer.
He was called to the bar in June during an emotional ceremony after his diagnosis.
His passions were on display at the front of the church, including bikes, running gear and his Blades jersey.
Family remembered his kindness and drive, and encouraged attendees to follow in his example.
Beyond his funeral, Gordon will be honoured by the Saskatoon Blades throughout the 2017-18 season through helmet stickers reading “Be Like Bruce.”
—With files from 650 CKOM’s Celine Grimard.