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Passed away at Kelowna General Hospital on February 25, 2015 at the age of 73. He is survived by his daughter Janice Johnson (Bruce), his son Steven Greffen (Jennifer), granddaughter Gabrielle and his brother John Greffen (Doreen) and their 2 sons Michael Greffen (Linda) and Mark Greffen (Abra). Gordon was born in Claresholm, Alberta and raised on a farm at Parkland, Alberta. He then went on to receive his Master’s Degree at the University of Calgary, and began his career in education. Retirement brought on relaxation, playing his grand piano, photography, and travelling with mom. A service will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation – Cardiac Unit, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for GREFFEN, Gordon is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Patti Jennens says:

    Dear Janice & Family: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. The friendship I shared with your parents and yourself during the years I worked with Dr. Bobyn will always be remembered. Such wonderful people. My Mom’s friendship with your folks during her years at the Lexinton and after are ones she will never forget. You are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Patti

    • Frank & Maureen Shuster says:

      Janice, & Stephen, we are so saddened for the loss of your wonderful Dad , also to Bruce, Jennifer, & Gabrielle We send our Love, Gordon was a very kind, and gentle man, we will miss him

  • Vivianne Brandt says:

    Janice, Steven and family. I was just so sad to hear that you had lost your beloved Gordon and I have lost a wonderful friend. Thinking of you – love Viv

  • Frank & Maureen Shuster says:

    Janice & Stephen, we are so very saddened for your loss of your wonderful Dad Gordon, love to you and Bruce, Jennifer & Gabrielle

  • Sharon Holmes says:

    Janice & Bruce, Steven, Jennifer & Gabrielle. We were so sad to hear of Uncle Gordon passing away. The memories I have of time spent with your family always bring a smile to my face and will be cherished forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love Sharon, Glenn, Brittany & Spencer

  • Tracy Meier says:

    Dear Janice and Steven,
    It is with great sadness that I read about Gordon’s passing. I had the true privilege of working with Gordon for the first seven years of my career at Ellison Elementary. Those were some of the happiest days of my career. Gordon was a kind, fair, generous, encouraging and dedicated principal and I have many cherished memories of those years. Gordon was incredibly patient and he always had the best interests of the students in mind. Despite his quiet demeanor Gordon had a great sense of humour and a strong belief that the workplace should be a safe, happy environment where everyone thrived. He will be greatly missed and always fondly remembered. You must be so proud to have been able to call this wonderful, talented and compassionate man your Dad. I am truly sorry for your loss. Tracy Meier

  • Beryl Baldeo says:

    Greffen Family;
    I send my sympathy on the death of Gordon. He was a quiet, caring and compassionate gentleman.
    It was a pleasure to meet him again at a Grief course that we took together some time ago. May God comfort and strengthen you.
    Sincerely, Beryl Baldeo
    St. Paul’s United Church, Kelowna

  • Excel Salon & Spa says:

    Janice & Steven it is with heavy hearts that we send this to both of you. Your Dad will truly be missed by everyone that he has touched. A very kind & gentle man. Jill has had the great pleasure of not only having him as a client but a friend for many years. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  • Bernie & Ev Monteleone says:

    Janice, Steven & Families. . . . We were so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. Special memories working with your dad at Ellison. He was a special man. Cherish your memories. Thinking of you at this time . . . the Monteleone’s

  • Grace Klein says:

    To The Greffen Family,
    I am so saddened to learn of Gordon’s passing. I had the extreme honour of working with Gord at Bankhead Elementary. He was, without question, a man of great integrity, combined with a gentleness and kindness of heart.
    With heartfelt sadness, Grace Klein

  • Cyndee Sapiano says:

    Dearest Janice, Steven, and Families,

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your dad was such a wonderfully gentle and kind man, who will never be forgotten.

    My life has been incredibly blessed to have known both him, and your mom.

    And although my mom is not here, I know she also feels the same.

    May the love of family, friends and the Lord above, comfort you during these difficult days.

    Prayers and my most heartfelt condolences being sent your way.

    Love and blessings to all of you,
    Cyndee xoxo

  • Lynne Deacon says:

    Janice, Steven & Families
    I was so sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. He was a gentleman and good friend and is remembered with fondness.
    Lynne Deacon

  • Jennifer & Gary Reece says:

    Greffen family,
    I was saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. I worked with him at Glenrosa Elem. during his time there. He quietly, kindly -and very determinedly! -encouraged us down new paths that he knew would benefit our students. We jumped onboard with great enthusiasm feeling that we were accomplishing wonderful things….and we were. A ‘leader’ of the very best kind…walking along side of us with the gentle hand in the back, encouraging us to try new ways, giving us confidence to grow…..Gord made all of us more than we thought we could be.

  • Elaine Sladen says:

    I was very saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing. He was a quiet, gentle man and he will be missed. I had the privilege of working with Gordon first as a teacher and later as an administrator in the school district. He was a caring, conscientious teacher. May happy, loving memories help you through this difficult time.

  • Eain Lamont says:

    Dear Janice and steven,
    My years living on Raymer Rd,close to your parents bring fond memories of your father also during the many years in education. Our greatest sympathies from Eain and Claudette Lamont

  • ginny and Jack Henry says:

    dear Steve and Janice, So sad about losing your dad, but he lives on in each of you, and especially his precious grand daughter. Gabby has so many natural talents, that on any occasion she had to be with Mona or Gordon she was being influenced by them. Their sincerity, kindness and talents will always be a part of her heritage, and she will carry that with her forever!! I myself was in awe of them and the grand marriage they had. I will remember them fondly our love Ginny and Jack Henry

  • Norm Mawhinney says:

    My wife and I send our sincere condolences to the Greffen family at this time of loss. We both knew Gordon as the caring Principal of Ellison Elementary School which our two children attended. As a family we really appreciated the warm school environment fostered by his leadership. As a fellow SD 23 school administrator, I also valued his positive, collegial approach.
    Gordon is remembered fondly and we share your sadness.

  • A student from long ago says:

    Mr. Greffen was a teacher of mine at Quigley back in the 70’s.He was just and fair with a great sense of humour.I hope he’s having happy hour with Steve Reynolds and Stephen Russell.

  • Robbie Irvine says:

    Your dad was principal at Glenrosa Elementary for the 7 years our two sons Andrew and Iain attended there. He led with a steady hand and made a positive impact on all our lives. He was kind enough to keep in touch with us every Christmas after we moved away. We will miss him.

  • Julia Mawhinney says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was at Ellison Elementary when I was 10-12 years old and he has always been one of my favorite people. He made all of us feel special and valued when we were at an age that is usually so awkward. Over the years I have often remembered him for his kindness and his ability to inspire (he knew I was interested in calligraphy, so he bought me a kit). My heart goes out to your family. He was an incredible man.

  • Jan Schumacher says:

    To Gordon’s Family
    It was my pleasure to know both Gordon and Mona when they volunteered at the BC Cancer Agency. They were highly regarded and greatly appreciated. Gordon made the going lighter for many patients when he played the piano for them. What a kind and gentle man he was! I am so sorry for your loss.
    Jan Schumacher, Regional Co-ordinator, Volunteer Services (Retired)

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