At some point on Friday (October 20), the family of Gord Downie had a private gathering to remember their husband, father, brother, son and bandmate. Understandably, they need some alone time.
However, the family recognizes that fans would like to pay their respects, too. Mike Downie, Gord’s brother, told the CBC that a public memorial would have to be “something that Gord would like and appreciate, so we’ll just have to figure this out.”
Mike also said that the family says the reaction to Gord’s death was “unbelievable.”
I was going to say [the public’s reaction] helps with the sadness because it’s so uplifting, but it actually makes you a little sadder too because you realize there’s a lot of people who are really hurting,” Mike Downie said through tears.
It also makes you feel like you’re part of something. I think that’s true for a lot of Canadians. I’m in good company.