When he was a child a visitor to his family farm suggested to Hubert Gordanier that someday the property in Joyceville, Ontario would make for a great place to play golf.
While Gordanier had never taken up the game himself, that suggestion stayed with him his whole life, eventually prompted him to fufill that vision in the 1980’s.
With the help of local golf professional and part-time course creator Dick Green, by 1985 Gordanier had himself a golf course and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Colonnade Golf & Country Club grew in popularity and eventually became a thriving destination for golfers and plenty of special events with their large banquet hall (actually established long before the course, in 1972) and renowned home-cooked meals. That was complemented by service that reflected the family values that the patron (and his wife, the late Stella Kerr) instilled in his children and grandchildren, many who remain working in the operation today.
Sadly, Hubert Gordanier passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 25th at the age of 88.
Left to mourn his loss are his children Debbie (Rene), Tana (Helmut), Paul (Laurie), Lee (Janie) and Mark (Debbie) along with grandchildren Clay, Blake, Max, Luke, Abbie, Katie, Cole, Jacob and Brooke and great grandchildren Jack, Madison and Amber. Hubert also leaves behind a brother, Art, who lives in Elgin, Ontario.
A celebration of Hubert Gordanier’s life will, appropriately, take place at the Colonnade Ball Room (at the Colonnade Golf & Country Club) on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The staff at Flagstick wish to publicly extend our condolences to the Gordanier family who have made so many great contributions to both the golf and greater community.