An Ontario wine and spirits co-workers have launched a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol-induced coma after two co-founders died of alcohol poisoning.
According to the website of the Ontario Wine and Spirits Commission, the two men, Peter and Peter Gordon, both in their 70s, passed away from alcohol-related alcohol poisoning on April 12, 2018.
Peter Gordon was an avid beer drinker who had been with the company since the late 1990s.
Peter and Peter were co-owners of The Wine Bar in Mississauga, Ontario.
The two men were married in 2008 and have four children.
Their children, who are also co-owner of The Woodlands Brewery in Oakville, Ontario, said they learned of the deaths on Thursday when they were told about their father’s death.
The website says Peter Gordon passed away in the hospital following a night out at the Wine Bar.
He was a proud man, a good friend, a well-liked man and a great man.
“It’s just shocking to hear about the tragedy and what happened to him, and his family and friends,” said Katie St. John, who works at the Woodlands.
The couple, who were both members of the Niagara Region Bar Association, were a well respected family who enjoyed the hospitality of the Woodland family.
“This is a very sad and tragic day for us and our friends, the Woodlanders,” said Woodlands owner Steve Miller.
Miller says the Gordon brothers are “not only the proud owners of The Wooden Bar and the Woodies, but also are extremely passionate about making sure everyone knows the importance of safe drinking in the community.”
“We know we are not alone in our sorrow, and our deepest sympathies go out to the Gordon family,” he said.
Miller said the Woodways will be offering $1,000 to anyone who can identify the man who passed away.
“Our focus right now is to support his family, his friends and our own efforts to get this message out as quickly as possible,” he added.
Miller and Woodlands co-founder Stephen Woodlands have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Gordon sisters and their children.