FANSON, GORDON: Peacefully, after a brief illness, with his family at his side on Monday, February 13, 2006 at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, Gordon Harry Fanson of Smithville in his 77th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Lois (nee Murdock) for 55 years. Loving father of Janet, Gordon Jr., Shirley Wright and her friend Bryan McMorran, Patricia and her friend Ronald Gottlieb, Barbara Fanson and her husband John Van Kampen, and Sandra and her husband Steven Kovacs. Dear grandfather of Steven (Stacy) Wilson, Jennifer, Angela Wright, Matthew, Rachelle Kovacs, and Kristen Van Kampen, and great-grandfather of Sydny and Tyler Wilson. Gord will also be sadly missed by his sisters-in-law Irene Fanson and Dorothy Fanson. Predeceased by his parents Harry Sr. and Janetta (nee Tweedle), and his brothers Orval, Robert, and Harry Jr. The funeral service was led by Rev. Dale Massender on Friday, February 17, 2006 at 11 am at Merritt Funeral Home, Smithville. Gord's grandchildren Rachelle, Angela and Matthew and daughters Sandra and Shirley gave the readings and Rev. Massender read a life history of Gord, as written by Lois. Daughter Barb spoke of the significant characteristics of her dad as the grandchildren brought forward symbols that reflected those aspects of Gord's life. Ruth Griffin was the organist and accompanied Rev. Massender as he sang Amazing Grace. Interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were family members Gordon E. Fanson, Steven Wilson, Harry (Butch) Fanson, Steven Kovacs, John Van Kampen, Bryan McMorran, Ron Gottlieb and Bruce Wright. If desired, memorial contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Smithville United Church would be appreciated by the family and can be made through the funeral home.