Hospice pays homage to beloved patient

The late Steward Gordon, with his daughter Desiree Gordon.

In commemorating National Hospice Week, from Thursday May 5 to Wednesday May 11, the Helderberg Hospice pays homage to one of their beloved patients who recently passed away.

“Helderberg Hospice recently suffered the loss of a patient who had touched our hearts in a special way,” the institution states in a press release. The hospice especially honoured patient Stewart Gordon who they could accompany and support during his last days.

“Stewart Gordon endured many struggles throughout his life. As a child, he contracted rheumatic fever, which caused permanent damage to his heart. His first heart attack occurred in 1981, and by 2019 his heart had deteriorated to the extent that he was referred to us as a palliative care patient,” the hospice said.

Mr Gordon expressed his wish to remain at home and this is where the Helderberg Hospice assisted.

“For the family, the care and support that they received from the staff of Helderberg Hospice gave them great comfort and a sense of peace, and most invaluable of all, the gift of two more years with him,” the hospice reflected on their contribution.

During one of the many regular home visits, Mr Gordon mentioned that his ultimate dream was to ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

With the help of the Iron Skulls Motorcycle Club (Cape Town Chapter), Helderberg Hospice, set about making his dream come true.

“In August 2020, the big day arrived and an excited Stewart went on a motorbike road along the stunning coastline through Strand and Gordon’s Bay, then turning at the whale lookout point to make their way back along the coast to Somerset West again.

“This was an experience a thrilled Stewart would enjoy re-living with everyone he knew,” the hospice shared.

Mr Gordon peacefully passed away on Tuesday March 12, with his family at his side.

“As Helderberg Hospice had supported his family through his illness, so we supported them through their bereavement. The memories of this lovely man will live on forever in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know and love him. Rest in Peace Stewart,” the hospice expressed.