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Interview with Merrill M. Gordon by Rod Fowler March 19, 1990 - Track 6

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about the circumstances behind Merrill Gordon’s founding of the Cliff Avenue United Football Club in 1956, his subsequent involvement and role as President of the club for 15 years, and the growth and history of soccer clubs in Burnaby. He also talks about his frien…
Date Range
1956-1990
Length
00:13:27
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about the circumstances behind Merrill Gordon’s founding of the Cliff Avenue United Football Club in 1956, his subsequent involvement and role as President of the club for 15 years, and the growth and history of soccer clubs in Burnaby. He also talks about his friend Mark Stockdale who was second president of the club for 16 years and creator of the rose garden on Burnaby Mountain.
Date Range
1956-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman Merrill Gordon (second from right) following a candidates' meeting, 1973. Item no. 480-263
Length
00:13:27
Name
Stockdale, Mark
Cliff Avenue United Football Club
Burnaby Mountain Centennial Rose Garden
Subject
Persons - Volunteers
Sports - Soccer
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 19, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Merrill Gordon, conducted by Rod Fowler.Gordon Merrill was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is about Merrill Gordon’s childhood in the Depression, including his story about the family’s difficult trek to Burnaby from Alberta; his education, teachers and first volunteer activities at Grandview High School; his career at Fleck Brothers and the start of his own company Blaze Industries and later work in India; and his many volunteer activities in Burnaby. He describes how he started the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, the soccer club's subsequent growth and development, some of the people involved, and the founding of the youth soccer exchange. He also describes his work on the Parks Board and in the arts community, including the 1987 arts centre referendum, and involvement with the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society (1988- ), and mentions his work for other groups including the New Vista Society, library board, and Burnaby Mental Health Committee. He also talks about his political career with the Better Burnaby Committee and Burnaby Voters Association, resulting in his 1972 election to Burnaby’s 1973 council. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Merrill M. Gordon was born in Saskatchewan in 1929 to parents farming north of North Battleford. After a fifth year of crop failure the family of four left the farm in 1934 to join relatives living near the corner of Union and Sperling in Burnaby. With little resources the family adapted as well as possible in the Depression years, moving often in the East Vancouver/North Burnaby area in an attempt to better their situation. Merrill’s father obtained work at sawmills including Kapoor’s Sawmill at Barnet, walking to work over Burnaby Mountain. After attending numerous public schools, Merrill Gordon eventually spent three years at Templeton School and then completed his education at Grandview High School of Commerce, majoring in accounting and commercial law. He worked a few years at Canadian Industries Ltd., then joined Fleck Brothers. In 1965 Merrill Gordon and his wife started their own company Blaze Industries of Canada that manufactured wood burning fireplaces, selling the company to AB Electrolux in 1980. After a short retirement, Merrill Gordon went back to work in 1981 for a company manufacturing solar panels, one project taking him and his wife intermittently to India over a four year period. Merrill Gordon helped found the political group Better Burnaby Committee, later the Burnaby Voters Association, with Alan Emmott and Bill Lewarne, ran for Burnaby Municipal Council and served one year as councillor in 1973. Merrill Gordon is well known for his over 40 years of volunteer work in Burnaby, particularly as founder in 1956 and director of the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, one of the largest soccer clubs in BC. He was also the founder of Burnaby Youth Soccer and the first youth soccer exchange with Washington State. His other volunteer work includes library trustee, Parks Commissioner (1987-1992), Director of New Vista Home for Seniors, Chair of campaign raising funds for building Shadbolt Arts Centre, and Chair of the Burnaby Mental Health Committee. In 1988 Merrill Gordon, Betty Gordon, Dean Lamont and several others formed the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society, which advocated for the return of unused land to Burnaby from SFU and the subsequent creation of Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Merrill Gordon and Elizabeth Balfour (nee Leitch) (1926-2012) married in 1953 and had two children.
Total Tracks
11
Total Length
1:31:44
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Interviewee Name
Gordon, Merrill
Interview Location
unknown
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-020_Track_6
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track six of interview with Merrill Gordon

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Capitol Hill PTA Hanbury Cup Winners 1954

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1954 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.6 x 5.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-147
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill PTA Hanbury Cup Winners 1954 soccer team. Coaches (left to right): Cecil Shantz, Jim Greer, and Angus MacDonald.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1954 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-147
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.6 x 5.1 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill PTA Hanbury Cup Winners 1954 soccer team. Coaches (left to right): Cecil Shantz, Jim Greer, and Angus MacDonald.
Photographer
Layton Photo
Subjects
Personal Symbols - Trophies
Sports - Soccer
Names
Greer, Jim
MacDonald, Angus
Shantz, Cecil
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1956 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.4 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-148
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the North Burnaby Lions S.S. 3rd Div. League Champs 1955-6 (Soccer). Identified: (right) Jim Greer, coach.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1956 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-148
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.4 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the North Burnaby Lions S.S. 3rd Div. League Champs 1955-6 (Soccer). Identified: (right) Jim Greer, coach.
Subjects
Personal Symbols - Trophies
Sports - Soccer
Names
Greer, Jim
North Burnaby Lions
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
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Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-185
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, Burnaby champions in 1952-53. The coaches (left to right) are J.G. Edwards and Cecil Shantz.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-185
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, Burnaby champions in 1952-53. The coaches (left to right) are J.G. Edwards and Cecil Shantz.
Photographer
Layton
Subjects
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Team Sports
Names
Capitol Hill School
Edwards, J.G.
Shantz, Cecil
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Holdom Avenue
Burnaby - 350 Holdom Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Capitol Hill Area
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Capitol Hill School boys soccer team

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1952 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-186
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School boys soccer team, Burnaby Senior Boys champions in 1951-52. The photograph was taken in front of the school.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1952 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-186
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School boys soccer team, Burnaby Senior Boys champions in 1951-52. The photograph was taken in front of the school.
Photographer
Layton
Subjects
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Team Sports
Names
Capitol Hill School
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Holdom Avenue
Burnaby - 350 Holdom Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Capitol Hill Area
Images
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Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37599
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.8 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-187
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, 5th Division Middleton Cup Winners 1954-55. The photograph was taken in front of the school. Identified: (left) Cecil Shantz, coach.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-187
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.8 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, 5th Division Middleton Cup Winners 1954-55. The photograph was taken in front of the school. Identified: (left) Cecil Shantz, coach.
Subjects
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Team Sports
Names
Capitol Hill School
Shantz, Cecil
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Holdom Avenue
Burnaby - 350 Holdom Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Capitol Hill Area
Images
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Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37600
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.8 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-188
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, 7th Division. The photo was taken in front of the school.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1955 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-188
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.8 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Capitol Hill School Boys Soccer Team, 7th Division. The photo was taken in front of the school.
Subjects
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Team Sports
Names
Capitol Hill School
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Negative has a pink cast
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Holdom Avenue
Burnaby - 350 Holdom Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Capitol Hill (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Capitol Hill Area
Images
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Sunday School Soccer League Trophy Presentation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37696
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[ca. 1957] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.9 x 5.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-284
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Sunday School soccer league trophy presentation. Identified, back row, left to right: Mr. Whittaker, Hugh Greer, and Jim Greer.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[ca. 1957] (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-284
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 2.9 x 5.0 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Sunday School soccer league trophy presentation. Identified, back row, left to right: Mr. Whittaker, Hugh Greer, and Jim Greer.
Subjects
Personal Symbols - Trophies
Sports - Soccer
Names
Greer, Hugh
Greer, Jim
Whittaker, Mr.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Images
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Sunday School Soccer League Trophy Presentation

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto37697
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1957 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-285
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Val Roach presenting a cup to Dunc McInnis as part of a Sunday School soccer league trophy presentation.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1957 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-285
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.9 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Val Roach presenting a cup to Dunc McInnis as part of a Sunday School soccer league trophy presentation.
Subjects
Personal Symbols - Trophies
Sports - Soccer
Names
McInnis, Dunc
Roach, Val
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
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Sunday School Soccer League Banquet

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1957 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.7 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Item No.
370-286
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Sunday School soccer league team banquet. Identified, back row, left to right: Val Roach, Sam Nelson, Jim Greer, Mr. Whittaker, Hugh Greer, Spud McGivern, Billy Barland, and Jack Greer.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1957 (date of original), copied 1991
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Burnaby Image Bank series
Description Level
Item
Item No.
370-286
Accession Number
BHS999-03
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 3.4 x 4.7 cm print on contact sheet 20.2 x 25.3 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Sunday School soccer league team banquet. Identified, back row, left to right: Val Roach, Sam Nelson, Jim Greer, Mr. Whittaker, Hugh Greer, Spud McGivern, Billy Barland, and Jack Greer.
Subjects
Events
Sports - Soccer
Sports - Team Sports
Names
Barland Billy
Greer, Hugh
Greer, Jack
Greer, Jim
McGivern, Spud
Nelson, Sam
Roach, Val
Whittaker, Mr.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
1 b&w copy negative accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Images
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Interview with Merrill M. Gordon by Rod Fowler March 19, 1990 - Track 8

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Merrill Gordon’s founding and operation of the youth soccer exchange with Washington State, and the importance of soccer to the community. He discusses the problem of isolation between north and south Burnaby, planned development in Burnaby, and the contributi…
Date Range
1956-1990
Length
00:10:17
  1 Audio     1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Summary
This portion of the interview is about Merrill Gordon’s founding and operation of the youth soccer exchange with Washington State, and the importance of soccer to the community. He discusses the problem of isolation between north and south Burnaby, planned development in Burnaby, and the contributions of Ratepayer groups and volunteers
Date Range
1956-1990
Photo Info
Burnaby Alderman Merrill Gordon (second from right) following a candidates' meeting, 1973. Item no. 480-263
Length
00:10:17
Subject
Persons - Volunteers
Sports - Soccer
Public Services - Municipal Services
Planning
Interviewer
Fowler, Rod
Interview Date
March 19, 1990
Scope and Content
Recording is of an interview with Merrill Gordon, conducted by Rod Fowler.Gordon Merrill was one of eleven participants interviewed as part of the SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee's oral history series titled, "Voices of Burnaby". The interview is about Merrill Gordon’s childhood in the Depression, including his story about the family’s difficult trek to Burnaby from Alberta; his education, teachers and first volunteer activities at Grandview High School; his career at Fleck Brothers and the start of his own company Blaze Industries and later work in India; and his many volunteer activities in Burnaby. He describes how he started the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, the soccer club's subsequent growth and development, some of the people involved, and the founding of the youth soccer exchange. He also describes his work on the Parks Board and in the arts community, including the 1987 arts centre referendum, and involvement with the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society (1988- ), and mentions his work for other groups including the New Vista Society, library board, and Burnaby Mental Health Committee. He also talks about his political career with the Better Burnaby Committee and Burnaby Voters Association, resulting in his 1972 election to Burnaby’s 1973 council. To view “Narrow By” terms for each track expand this description and see “Notes”.
Biographical Notes
Merrill M. Gordon was born in Saskatchewan in 1929 to parents farming north of North Battleford. After a fifth year of crop failure the family of four left the farm in 1934 to join relatives living near the corner of Union and Sperling in Burnaby. With little resources the family adapted as well as possible in the Depression years, moving often in the East Vancouver/North Burnaby area in an attempt to better their situation. Merrill’s father obtained work at sawmills including Kapoor’s Sawmill at Barnet, walking to work over Burnaby Mountain. After attending numerous public schools, Merrill Gordon eventually spent three years at Templeton School and then completed his education at Grandview High School of Commerce, majoring in accounting and commercial law. He worked a few years at Canadian Industries Ltd., then joined Fleck Brothers. In 1965 Merrill Gordon and his wife started their own company Blaze Industries of Canada that manufactured wood burning fireplaces, selling the company to AB Electrolux in 1980. After a short retirement, Merrill Gordon went back to work in 1981 for a company manufacturing solar panels, one project taking him and his wife intermittently to India over a four year period. Merrill Gordon helped found the political group Better Burnaby Committee, later the Burnaby Voters Association, with Alan Emmott and Bill Lewarne, ran for Burnaby Municipal Council and served one year as councillor in 1973. Merrill Gordon is well known for his over 40 years of volunteer work in Burnaby, particularly as founder in 1956 and director of the Cliff Avenue United Football Club, one of the largest soccer clubs in BC. He was also the founder of Burnaby Youth Soccer and the first youth soccer exchange with Washington State. His other volunteer work includes library trustee, Parks Commissioner (1987-1992), Director of New Vista Home for Seniors, Chair of campaign raising funds for building Shadbolt Arts Centre, and Chair of the Burnaby Mental Health Committee. In 1988 Merrill Gordon, Betty Gordon, Dean Lamont and several others formed the Burnaby Mountain Preservation Society, which advocated for the return of unused land to Burnaby from SFU and the subsequent creation of Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Merrill Gordon and Elizabeth Balfour (nee Leitch) (1926-2012) married in 1953 and had two children.
Total Tracks
11
Total Length
1:31:44
Other Tracks
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Interviewee Name
Gordon, Merrill
Interview Location
unknown
Interviewer Bio
Rod Fowler returned to university as a mature student in the 1980s after working about twenty years in the field of economics and computerization in business in England, Europe and Western Canada. He graduated with a BA from SFU in both History and Sociology in 1987, his MA degree in Geography in 1989, and his PhD in Cultural Geography at SFU. He taught courses in Geography, Sociology, History and Canadian Studies at several Lower Mainland colleges, before becoming a full time member of the Geography Department at Kwantlen University College.
Collection/Fonds
SFU/Burnaby Centennial Committee fonds
Series
Centennial Oral History project series
Item No.
MSS187-020_Track_8
Transcript Available
Transcript available
Media Type
Sound Recording
Web Notes
Interviews were digitized in 2015 allowing them to be accessible on Heritage Burnaby. The digitization project was initiated by the Community Heritage Commission with support from City of Burnaby Council.
Audio Tracks

Track eight of interview with Merrill Gordon

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