In memory of
Gordon Molnar
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In memory of
Gordon Molnar
Gordon MOLNAR October 17, 1922 - December 3, 2016 RAF FERRY COMMAND RADIO OFFICER - NAVIGATOR Passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at Trillium Health Partners, Mississauga Hospital, on Saturday, December 3, 2016, in his 95th year. Deeply missed by his cherished wife Helen (nee Miko), with whom he celebrated 72 years of marriage on October 14, 2016. Gordon (Zoltan) was born to Imre and Gizella (nee Gyorgy) Molnar, a Hungarian family, in Solovec, on October 17, 1922. They immigrated to Canada in 1932, arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax and settled in Timmins, Ontario, where he attended Mattagami Public School. His father presented him with his first violin at age 12. A natural musician and athlete, he was chosen for the Couchiching Athletic Leadership Program and received a violin scholarship from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. With the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, Gordon changed his plans to further study the violin and instead decided to join the war effort, training at the Radio College of Canada. Initially stationed at Gander, Newfoundland as a skilled Morse Code operator, he was assigned to RAF Ferry Command where he navigated Dakotas, Hudsons, Marauders, Liberators and his much-loved Mosquitos along the North Atlantic, Greenland, UK, Brazil, Ascensions and African routes. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Helen. After the war, they purchased their first home in Toronto and he worked many jobs including his own Hungarian gypsy band that played at countless wedding celebrations across the city. Over the years, his dedication and hard work in the business community were highly respected and he became the General Manager of Webster & Sons Limited where he worked until his retirement in 1987. He was a Director of the Toronto Building Supply Association (TORBSA) from 1981-1985. Passionate about golf, he was a Charter Member of the Board of Trade Golf Club where he finally shot his age at 81. He delighted in his position as honorary chairman of the Molnar Invitational Golf Tournament, a family golf event, which was eagerly looked forward to every fall for 35 years. The family cottage at Hockley Valley always held happy memories for him, especially when surrounded by his loved ones. Gordon is affectionately remembered as a man whose honesty, gentleness, sincerity and sense of humour deeply influenced his family, friends and business colleagues. Loving father to Gordon (Pat), Elaine (Jim), Les (Jeanette) and the late Barbara. Adored grandfather to Gordon (Amie), Andrew, James (Marcia), Catherine (Brad), Suzanne (Travis) and Jordan. Loved by his great-grandchildren Jakob, Hannah, Andrew, John, Raeleigh, Hudson, Cameron, Gordon and Stanley. Devoted brother to Jim (Lorraine) and the late Gil (the late John) Nigrini. The family is grateful to the doctors and nurses at Trillium who treated Gordon with such dignity and care. For those who wish, donations to the Veterans Transition Network would be appreciated. A private family funeral has been held. A celebration of Gordon's life will take place at the Markland Wood Golf Club, 245 Markland Drive, Toronto, on January 28, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. Forever our heavenly navigator and family beacon
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