In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Gordon Pepin (1951-2012)

Gordon PepinGordon Pepin, age 60, passed peacefully in his sleep the early morning of February 10, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin, in the arms of his loving wife, Joy. For the last twenty five years of his life, Gordy identified as a Pagan and was proud to be a hereditary Witch. He was a member of Circle Sanctuary, and for several years was part of the Pagan Spirit Gathering Community. He also attended Avalon festivals for several years with his wife Joy.

Gordy was a steward of the Earth and environmentalist for most of his adult life. He single-handedly fought to stop the filling in of the wetlands near his home on Lake Koshkonong, near Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin for housing development, and was successful. He also was part of the successful effort that included the addition of Pagan ministers to Meriter Hospital's chaplaincy list.

Gordy was part of the Pagan Spirit Gathering when it was in Ohio. He came early for set-up and stayed late for take down, despite needing to walk with crutches from a work injury that he had in 1988. Gordy helped a lot of folks behind the scenes -- getting cars started, volunteering for extra work shifts, helping with some of the stage set-up, and providing transportation to Circle Sanctuary minister Mari Powers. Gordy was an early supporter of Spiral Rhythm, good friends with Beth and Mark Witters and Goddessfather to Kerri Hirsh-Upton, daughter of Beth.

Gordy supported other Pagan artists and leaders, as well. He always went to featured workshops and purchased many CDs, pieces of visual art, handmade jewelry and books directly from the artists and writers he met at the Pagan Spirit Gathering.

Gordy died of stage 4 cancer and congestive heart failure, which were only diagnosed in late January 2012. Gordy is survived by his wife, Joy Hartje-Pepin. Gordy will be among those remembered and honored in the Circle of Remembrance at the start of the Pagan Spirit Gathering on June 17, 2012. On Saturday, July 14 at 1 pm, Gordy's cremains will be interred at Circle Cemetery.

Blessed journey in the Summerland, Gordy -- you are remembered and missed.

Memorial Tributes

NameRev. Selena Fox
LocationCircle Sanctuary near Barneveld, Wisconsin
Date2012-06-11 18:33:09
Gordy, Thanks for your friendship, your contributions to community, and your dedication to the environment & the Craft. You live on in our memories & in our legends & lore. Blessed Be, Selena.
LocationLos Angeles, CA
Date2012-07-09 14:30:48
May you find loving memories left on your pillow at night and the strong arms of our spiritual support as Crone Sisters during the day. I miss you Joy and will keep you in my heart, always. Oriana
NameArielle NaMara
LocationSheboygan, Wisconsin
Date2012-07-09 17:11:44
To my crone-sister and fellow widow, Joy, please know that my thoughts are with you now and until we meet again. Love and Blessings, ~Arielle
Namegail vye
Date2012-07-09 18:26:15
Gordie, I remember when you first got hurt, but I didn't realize it was so long ago. You always had a hug for me, and a smile whenever I saw you, you fixed my car, and listened to my troubles. You are missed, and you were loved...Gail
NameRita Harris
LocationUnited States
Date2012-07-13 01:26:00
Dear Joy, I want you to know that I am here for you, I will be beside you holding you up tomorrow My Crone Sister. I know that you have felt as tho a spiral wind has you trapped. You must step out from the spiral. ALWAYS remember that he is with you and you will be together again. This a door that you must go through. More tears that you must cry. Tears help to heal the scars of the pain of the loss that you are feeling. Recall his love for you and let if fill the emptiness that you are feeling. You are strong now... Blessings through the air from here to there..... So Mote It Be! Love, Soulshine your Crone Sister July 13th, 2012 (Friday)
NameJulie and Robert Lambert
LocationLittle Falls MN
Date2012-07-13 10:27:13
Gordy you ready smile and willingness to help others will be VERY Missed. The year of the mud at PSG we arrived in the middle of the night and you helped guide our popup to a place in the field. When we had problems with the top going up you worked tirelesly to help us. When the week was up and everyone was so tired of being wet and muddy you helped to drag that camper out of the mud. We were strangers, but never again. We were friends by phone and at PSG after that but we will never forget how you drove over 6 hours to spend Samhain with us one year and walked to our circle in the woods even though it was hard for you to do so. We love you and will always miss your good humor and kind ways. The Lambert Family
NameJoy Hartje-Pepin
LocationRockford, IL
Date2012-07-13 11:54:02
Gordy, my beloved husband, I will never be ready to let you go! As I promised you, I always have and always will love you. I will never forget you, my love. I will be forever grateful for the sweetness of the last week of your life, and for the remarriage. Until we meet again, know that you are in my heart forever. Joy