“Whenever he talked about wanting to go home, especially when things got really confusing for him I’d often ask him where is home and he’d look at me and say Saskatoon,” explained Cathy Howe, Gordie’s daughter.
And now Mr. Hockey will be home forever.
Gordie and his wife Colleen’s ashes were interred in the Howe statue outside of SaskTel Centre in a private family ceremony on Sunday.
Howe was born in Floral, Sask., but grew up and spent 16 years in Saskatoon before starting his record-breaking hockey career.
“It’s mind blowing. I always knew my dad was loved but when he passed I was stunned by the outpouring of love. It’s absolutely incredible,” said Murray Howe, Gordie Howe’s son.
After the interment ceremony, family visited the newly re-named Gordie Howe Bridge, Gordie’s old school and house.
“It helps us relive what a wonderful man Dad was and how much he touched people,” said Murray.
“I picture him walking, probably running through these hallways and how cool it had to be.”
Those who’d met Gordie shared special stories with the family along the way, some they didn’t even know.
“I had no idea dad won anything speed skating,” Cathy Howe said.
To this day, Gordie continues to inspire and will for years to come.
“He really is a hero at King George School and the kids have gotten to know him through stories and through history,” explained the school’s principal Krista Sego.
“He worked hard and he played hard. He worked hard at something he wanted to get really good at, but he was also such a kind, friendly and humble man. I think that all combined makes him somebody the kids want to be like.”
Keeping this hometown hero’s legend alive.