James Gordon Pincock, age 68, passed away in his sleep of natural causes in his United Arab Emirates home on Friday, May 27th, 2016.
Gordon is survived by his six children, Jason Pincock (Lindsay), Leigh Wolitski (Shane), Scott Pincock (Rhonda), Shannon Pardo (Andre), Kerry King (Ben), David Pincock (Susan), the children’s mother, Linda Pincock (née Young), 18 grandchildren, his devoted housekeeper Shanika Suraweera, his siblings, expansive extended family and his loving mother.
Born in Hamiota, Manitoba, on November 18th, 1947 to Dr. James Graham Alexander Pincock and Shirley Jane Pincock (née Gordon). Though raised in Winnipeg, his love for nature and adventure developed at the family cabin on Lake Florence in Winnitoba with his siblings Margaret Kavanagh, Helen Dartnell, Mary Cameron, and Don Pincock.
Gordon valued education and adventure. His first foray into the academic world was the completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at the University of Winnipeg. During the summers of his undergraduate years he explored and worked in northern Canada at the Arctic Circle Lodge on Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories. After graduation, he and two friends travelled abroad and got hands-on experience working on some of Australia’s vast sheep farms. Returning to his academic interests, Gordon moved to Edmonton to pursue a Master of Health Services Administration degree at the University of Alberta. This is where both his family and career blossomed.
During his career, Gordon was a Senior Executive in the healthcare sector in Canada, working on projects such as the planning and development of the Walter C. MacKenzie Health Sciences Centre at the University of Alberta Hospital. Additionally, he was integral to the expansion and redevelopment of the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
Beginning in 1995, he took his expertise to the Middle East, where he spent the remainder of his career planning and implementing new health care facilities and programs to better the lives of individuals in locations such as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Throughout his career, Gordon was recruited for his vision and expertise in modernizing international health services and systems. His respected leadership qualities and his ability to challenge the status quo helped individuals and groups achieve new directions in the delivery of healthcare.
Gordon was considered by his peers as a global citizen, and his passion for worldly exposure was shared with his children through family trips to locations such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He loved the outdoors and spent most summers in Alberta at the family cabin on Baptiste Lake, fishing, going on family canoe trips, roasting marshmallows and telling stories around a campfire. Some of his children’s fondest memories will be of him sitting on the dock bench, watching the water and welcoming anyone to sit and reminisce.
Gordon Pincock leaves a legacy of impactful professional endeavours and a relentless pursuit of his dreams. As per his wishes, in place of a service, Gordon’s ashes will be spread by his family in the locations dearest to his heart.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Hospital Foundation (www.universityhospitalfoundation.ab.ca) or the charity of your choice.