Gordon Osborne Tomtene, 73, of Birch Hills, SK, took his last breath peacefully on December 18th, 2019 at Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon.
He was born on March 23, 1946 to Trond and Margaret (Gjesdal) Tomtene in Birch Hills, SK. After his high school graduation in 1964, he moved to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan, where he completed his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in the spring of 1970. He married Barbara (East) Tower on April 24, 1971 in Edmonton, AB. Initially, they lived in Saskatoon where he worked for Federated Co-op, then moved to Birch Hills to farm in 1973. After a few years of farming, Gordon diversified and started a fertilizer business, Valley Soil Services, in the nearby town of Hagen, SK. After selling the fertilizer business in 1987, he continued to farm until 2008, when he decided to rent out his land and sell his machinery with the intent to retire. But his passion for farming prevailed and since then, he has worked contentedly helping out as a seasonal operator during seeding and harvest with Tomtene Seed Farm (his brother Terry Tomtene’s family farm). His last weeks before going into the hospital were spent doing what he loved the most; listening (and likely singing along) to country music, in a field, on a swather.
Gordon enjoyed long road trips in his truck and on his motorbike, either riding solo or with various friends and family. Wherever he was, he always had music playing, especially country, folk and rock. He liked warm destinations, motor culture, watching the stock market and regular meetings with a few close friends. He was meticulous in many ways, especially when it came to the landscaping of his yard...always in pursuit of the perfect hedge! He was generous to others, no frills, authentic and had a deep respect for God.
He was in a very good place both mentally and emotionally when he passed, thankful for the blessed life he got to live and had a child-like wonder about what might await him on the other side. He ate chocolates and pie, chewed on his toothpick, played country songs for the nurses and was so happy and peaceful. He handled an extremely difficult and uncomfortable situation with bravery and grace and left on his own terms, in the most dignified way. His journey here on earth with us is through, but he gets to be at peace now, and his strength and spirit live on in our hearts and memories.
Gordon was predeceased by his former wife; Barbara Tower (East), his son; Tronn Tomtene, and his parents; Trond and Margaret Tomtene.
Gordon Tomtene is survived by his daughter Tracey Tomtene (Blanca, Spain) and his two brothers, Arthur Tomtene (Saskatoon, SK) and Terry Tomtene (Birch Hills, SK), and their respective families.