Cornwall Curling Club members were saddened to hear of the passing of Gordon (Gordie) Lank, who was integral to the success of our Club over the years, as the MLA who helped get the funding together for it, and cut the ribbon at the opening, as a curler, former Club president and later manager, a Board member many times and an organizer of many events, including a visit by the Scottish curlers, along with our 20th anniversary celebrations. Back in 1993, he arranged a deal with the bank to refinance our mortgage at a lower rate, and to allow for capital improvements, including new, more efficient lights in the ice area.
Our deepest sympathies to his wife Shirley, who has also been a board member, a women’s president, a coach, and has served many years on the PEI Curling Association, the PEI Ladies Curling Association, and Curl Atlantic, and to the rest of his family.
All of their daughters had their wedding receptions catered by the club, and are also avid curlers, and have also introduced their own children to the sport.
Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island issued the following statement on the passing of former MLA Gordie Lank:
“Gordie was a fixture in Island agriculture and Island politics for decades. After receiving his early education at the West Royalty School and Prince of Wales College, Gordie and his wife Shirley raised six children and operated a successful mixed farm. Gordie was involved with several community organizations such as the North River Fire Department, the Central Queens Home and School Association, the Hampshire Community Council, the Prince Edward Island Cattlemen’s Association, the Federation of Agriculture, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Cornwall Curling Club.
Gordie was first elected as the MLA for 2nd Queens in 1979 as part of the Angus MacLean government, serving as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture. Re-elected in 1982, Gordie served as Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs and later Minister of Finance and Tourism during the Jim Lee government.
Gordie was a passionate advocate for Island farmers. I was proud to call him a friend and will miss our conversations and his advice. I want to offer my sympathies to Shirley, their children and grandchildren on their loss.”