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Born: Jan 22, 1942

Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2020

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January 22, 1942 - April 20, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Gail, an inspirational mother, wife, nana, sister, aunt and friend.
Survived by husband Brian, children, Justin (Cindy), Jeremy (Maggie), Stephany (Dorrian), Margaux (Peter), and grandchildren, Frankie, Kate, Matthew, Ashley, Isla, Cameron and Bronwen.
Gail began life in Winnipeg, the eldest child of Bud and Erna Harbottle, sister of Susan (Hudson), John and Bill. She met Brian at medical school (University of Manitoba, Class of 1965), they were married in 1966. Following time in Montreal and San Francisco, Gail and Brian returned to Winnipeg where Gail worked as a kidney specialist and researcher at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre. She treasured the summers at their remote cabin on Middle Island in Lake of the Woods.
In 1980 the family moved to Salmon Arm, BC, where Gail embraced farm life. Through her curiosity, intelligence, and compassion, she allowed the land and animals to teach her and her family the meaning and gratitude that only comes from an honest life, connected to the things that nourish us.
Gail returned to medicine as a Geriatrician at Bastion Place. She approached this work full of devotion and dedication to her patients, their lives and personal stories. Gail and Brian eventually retired to the Larch Hills where they built an off-grid home, tended less lawn and more lavender. Gail continued to weave and create gifts for her grandchildren, she grew closer to the natural changing of seasons in the Larch Hills.
Gail's kindness, wit, and spark made for so many treasured friendships. From a life in medicine to farming sheep, trips to France, and gardens of lavender, she followed her instincts for beauty and gave those around her the courage to follow theirs. We will gather to share stories and memories of Gail this fall or next summer when permitted.
In lieu of flowers, please make your donations in memory of our beloved Gail to: The Ayotte Fund for the Study of Faith and the Environment, (search St. Paul's College Foundation Inc.), St. Paul's College Foundation Inc., University of Manitoba, Rm. 213 - 70 Dysart Rd., Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6.

Online condolences may be forwarded to the family through Gail's obituary at

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 02, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • I remember the years of coming to Salmon Arm as a consultant and enjoying Gail's wonderful hospitality, sense of humour and dedication to all things with which she came in contact. She will be missed by all. Keith My memories of Gail are more recent than Keith's...but I was so lucky to enjoy the same pleasures as Keith in Gail's company. I feel very lucky to have been able to do so. She was an awesome person in a multitude of ways. I wish I had had a few more years to be in her company. Gwen - Posted by: Gwen Kalansky and Keith Sigmundson (friends) on: May 11, 2020

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