To rest in peace is perhaps the most profound wish we could have for Gordie, who for the greater part of his 68 years knew little peace. To know Gordie was to know a man who at times had the tenderness of a child, and yet who could erupt into violence if he felt threatened, or as often happened, if he felt that street justice had to be delivered swiftly; a complex man, who like so many people on the street has a story that begins to explain the complexity.
Gordie’s story was part of the 2007 TVOntario documentary Halfway House Chaplain, which spotlighted the work of Rev. Harry Nigh in supporting high risk offenders when they have been released from custody.
In the video Gordie walks into a dilapidated Victorian house where he grew up in Toronto. In the shambles of the living room he reminisced about his childhood which seemed to reflect the chaos of the house.