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Born: Aug 05, 1950

Date of Passing: Aug 16, 2019

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August 5, 1950 - August 16, 2019

On Friday, August 16, Gilles ran his last lap with family by his side.
Gilles is survived by his siblings, Gerry (Chita), Aurel (Chantalle), Roland (Anita), Louis (Lynda), Yolande (Ron) and Ronald (Adele) and many nephews and nieces and their children. Gilles was predeceased in life by his parents, Arthur (1983) and Therese (2017).
Gilles grew up in Fannystelle, Manitoba knowing only three seasons: hockey, baseball and football. He was a natural gifted athlete who excelled in the sports he played.
Gilles was employed for 33 years with the Dept. of Education Financial Branch initially located at Red River Community College. It was there that Gilles discovered the "running track". In 1974 he began a meticulous running record. In April 2017, after 43 years, Gilles reached his ultimate dream... 100,000 kms, or as he would say, "two and half times around the world". In retirement he made many great friends at the St. James Centennial Pool & Fitness Centre, which had become a second home to him. Gilles enjoyed travelling with family, vacationing in Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta and as recently as this spring, Mazatlán.
The family expresses their sincerest thanks to all staff at CancerCare Manitoba, home care, and the Palliative Care Unit at St. Boniface General Hospital. Special thanks to Dr. Roche, Dr. Rehsia and Dr. Gingerich.
We lost a terrific brother, uncle, great-uncle but will never lose the fond memories we have of our brother Gilles.
As per Gilles' wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family funeral was held.
If you so desire, donations may be made in Gilles' honour to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

Gilles, say hi to Mom and Dad from all of us.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Condolences to Gilles’ family. I was so very sad to learn of Gilles' passing. I worked with Gilles for several years, back in the 80’s and early 90’s. He was a great mentor to me and taught me everything I know about cash flows and government accounting practices. He was so incredibly patient and kind and always willing to help. We had many laughs along the way. He always had time to listen and help solve some financial dilemma or issue.....he was such a great guy. He made this world a better place. - Posted by: Donna Kolbuck-Street (Former work colleague) on: Aug 29, 2019

  • My sympathy to all the family. Gilles and I were in the same class from grade one to grade twelve. Although I had not seen him for many years I have fond memories of him as well as his family. He was always a good and kind friend. 😊❤️ - Posted by: Diane Desilets (School friend) on: Aug 28, 2019

  • Gilles, a very special dear friend/colleague to my wife and me. We both had the opportunity to work with Gilles. Gilles was a professional, he was trustworthy, honest and detailed with perfection. Anytime I needed assistance, I knew who to call and the advice was always helpful and comprehensive. I talked to Gilles in the last month or so and he told me the pain is moving into different areas of his body yet he still had a cheerful smile when we met. We were praying for Gilles that he would win the battle and with his stamina there was definite hope. I said one day to Gilles once he told me about his health, I would drive him to his treatments and he kinda laughed and said he has lots of family to do that. Our condolences to his special family who he cared for so much. - Posted by: Bob Giesbrecht (Friend/Colleague ) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Sympathies to all of Gilles' siblings, our thoughts are with you all in this difficult time. - Posted by: Marcel and Dorothée Dequier (cousin) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Hoping you find comfort in the words and kind embraces of all who care so much about you, and that you know you are always close in our thoughts and heart. Our condolences Sandi and Bruce. - Posted by: Sandi Kennedy and Bruce Rogers (Family) on: Aug 25, 2019

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