'A big, big loss to the city': Port legend Gordon Mouland dies at 98

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With his encyclopedic knowledge of the Saint John Port Authority, the "legendary" Gordon Mouland was someone Jim Quinn could always turn to for sound advice.

"I could talk to Gordon often when I needed advice about why the Port Authority did something years ago or get his advice on any number of things," said Quinn, who served as the port's president and CEO before being appointed to the Senate of Canada in June.

Mouland died on Nov. 26. He was 98 years old.

Born in Grand Falls, Nfld. on April 18, 1923, Mouland’s life took him to New Brunswick where, at Mount Allison University, he studied engineering. He graduated in 1946 after an active career in university sports.

After university, Mouland moved to Saint John to work as a construction engineer on the redevelopment of the Saint John port in 1948. He served as a port engineer before his appointment to general manager in 1964. He retired in 1986.

“Gordon was a legendary fixture at Port Saint John who led our waterfront community through many decades of success," said Craig Bell Estabrooks, the port's new president and CEO.

"His legacy and kind, welcoming personality touched many in our community. He was an example of a life well-lived and was an inspiration to those who knew him.”

According to his obituary, Mouland served on the vestry of St. Paul’s Valley Anglican Church where he was chairman of the Boy Scout Group Committee. In later years, he served on the vestry of St. Luke’s Anglican Church where he was actively committed to the Community Outreach Program. Mouland also served on the Mount Allison University Board of Regents and Senate for four years.

Mouland maintained his love of sports throughout his life and had a passion for curling, golf and sailing.

An active member of Thistle St. Andrew’s Curling Club, Mouland was named president in 1972. He was a member of the Jim Murphy Senior NB Championship curling team in 1978 and a member of the Saint John City and District curling team in 1979.

A past president of the N.B. Curling Association, Mouland was named a member of the Governor General’s Curling Club in 1983 – recognition for his dedicated contribution to curling.

In 1988, Mouland was one of 40 members of the winning Strathcona Cup curling team that toured Scotland and Canada every five years, according to his obituary. He was also past president of the Saint John Men’s PROBUS Club.

In 1979, Mouland became a member of the Maritime Seniors Golf Association, as well as a member of the Atlantic Seniors Golf Association.

Ralph McLenaghan knew "Gordie" for nearly 50 years, through their shared love of curling.

"He had many friends in all walks of life," said McLenaghan, an avid curler. "I don't think Gordon ever, ever had an enemy."

McLenaghan described Mouland as a "humble and gentle" man, who, despite great achievements in life, made sure to recognize the milestones of others.

"He was always one to give credit to others," McLenaghan noted. "He always looked forward to helping other people. People will miss his friendship. It is a big, big loss to the city."

Mouland leaves behind two sons – Gordon and William – as well as three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mabel (Lawrence) Mouland, who died in 2014.

Robin Grant, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal

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