Parkinson's Community Mourns the Loss of a Great Man, Gordon Buchanan

October 22, 2014

On Sunday, October 19, the Parkinson community lost a good friend and a great man.


Gordon Buchanan was a respected Alberta business man dedicated to celebrating community, to building a better province, and believing in people and their abilities.  Gordon's incredible personality, remarkable achievements, immense generosity and venerable commitment to community made a lasting impression on everyone he met.  And it is his influence that will continue to serve as a beacon for all those who believe that anyone anywhere can make a difference.

Gordon was diagnosed with Parkinson disease in 1999.  And with an unparalleled legacy of giving back, Gordon along with Diane dedicated their efforts to raising awareness and funds to support others living with this chronic neurological condition.  It was that dedication that first introduced us to this extraordinary man, and what led to the Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's.  Gordon and Diane's vision of a first-of-its-kind centre in Canada that will be dedicated to helping people live better with Parkinson disease and related disorders every day.


A business leader, an innovator, a community builder, and a humanitarian, Gordon was all of these, but most of all, he was a visionary who combined those attributes to bring ideas to realization across Alberta.


"It was my privilege to have had the opportunity to know Gordon," said John Petryshen, Parkinson Alberta CEO.  "Parkinson Alberta is honored to be a part of one of Gordon's innovative visions; the Buchanan Centre for Parkinson's will be a lasting legacy to Gordon's commitment to community, to people helping people."


On behalf of the Board and Staff at Parkinson Alberta and the entire Parkinson's community, we would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Diane and family, his friends and everyone who was fortunate enough to have known him.  We will miss Gordon, his smile that would light up a room, and all that he has done to make the world a better place.


To view Gordon's obituary please click here.


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