R. Gordon Knight, BASc’49
July 14, 1921 – May 16, 2014
Gordon passed away, aged 92, leaving Iola, his best friend and partner for 68 years; son Tony (Margaret); daughter Tami (Phil Hollman); and grandchildren Isaac and Dominique LeBlanc. Born in Vancouver to A. Richard (Dick) Knight (Herefordshire, UK) and Lily Blanche James (Nfld), Gordon had a rich, varied and wonderful life. He graduated Kitsilano High School in 1939, attended UBC and trained in the RCAF as a navigator from 1943 to 1945. In 1955, Gordon set up a private practice as a consulting engineer specializing in water and waste management projects. In 1965, in partnership with classmate Martin J. J. Dayton, he founded Dayton & Knight Ltd., Consulting Engineers, which operates today as Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd. Gordon and Iola were early members of the Hollyburn Country Club and West Vancouver Yacht Club. After retiring in 1982, Gordon enjoyed travelling, boating, cycling and hiking, and was an avid swimmer at the West Van Aquatic Centre right up to the last few months of his life. He contributed to the communities of West Vancouver and Lions Bay and volunteered on various commissions. He began his lifelong sport of skiing on Hollyburn Mountain in the 1930s and was a member of the UBC Ski Club in 1942 and of the post‑war Varsity Outdoor Club in 1945. When Whistler opened, Gordon and Iola were weekend skiers, hikers and cyclists there for 37 years, eventually finishing these activities back on Hollyburn. It was while pursuing these activities that Gordon and Iola sought to retain the venerable Hollyburn Lodge. With Bob Tapp they formed the Hollyburn Heritage Society with goals of restoring the lodge and collecting the history of the local mountains. Donations to Hollyburn Heritage Society to rebuild the lodge are appreciated: www.hollyburnheritage.ca.