Gordon Ladd, who has died at 89, was a talented and well-known local artist who only started painting when he was 38 years old. His favourite subjects were landscapes and country scenes, in particular, he enjoyed painting barns, not surprising for someone who grew up on the family farm in Bondville. Gordon exhibited at his studio in his and Phyllis’ home on Davignon Street in Knowlton and at a booth in the main building at the Brome Fair for many years.
Gordon Francis Ladd was born at the BMP on November 21, 1929. He went to Knowlton High School, then worked for many years for Bell Canada in Granby and Knowlton. In his late 30s, he took an art class in Granby and then private lessons from Ron Davies, an artist from Shefford, now Bromont.
“Within a few years my father was giving art courses in Granby,” says his son Stuart. Gordon retired from Bell when he was 55 and took up painting full time, and also taught art from his home studio,
Gordon had a substantial vegetable garden that bordered the walking path which ran behind their house. He and his wife Phyllis were accomplished bridge players, playing in local games as well as competitive duplicate bridge in Cowansville.
“He was an avid nature photographer and outdoorsman who loved hiking, fishing, snorkelling, snowshoeing, canoeing, cross- country skiing, and gardening. He drew inspiration for his art from his love of the outdoors,” wrote his family.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Phyllis, sons Stuart and Kenneth, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.