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It is with the heaviest of hearts we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, son, uncle, cousin, friend, Mr. Hockey and the Bruins biggest fan.
Gil is lovingly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Sandy; daughters, Niki (Adam) and Amy (Brett); son Ryan (Rae); adoring grandchildren; brother Bob (Sue); sister Monique (Rob); along with his many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and teammates.
Gil was born in Winnipeg on September 24, 1953 and spent his younger years in Winnipeg, before moving to Brandon as a teen. In 1974, he met the great love of his life, Sandy. They married in 1977 and had three children who he was unendingly proud of. Known to everyone who was privileged enough to meet him as a proud, yet humble man with a kind soul and a fantastic sense of humour, Gil worked hard, so he could also play hard. His career in the retail industry was an opportunity to work with people, which he loved to do, and it was this very work which also enabled him to travel North America and Europe with his family. He retired in 2017 and settled into a life where he was able to enjoy his passions, sleeping in and creating many more memories with his wife, his kids and his grandkids. Gil loved his family more than anything in this world, they were his pride and joy.
Gil lived a life filled with laughter and love and his smile and smirk lit up any room that was fortunate enough to have him in it. Gil loved to travel, engage in anything and everything hockey related, golf, spend time at the cottage in Clear Lake, the endless family events and dinners, music, storytelling, and he loved to attend his kids and grandkids events and activities. His love and unending devotion to his family will be missed and we will be left to cherish the many memories, the laughter, the love and the joy he brought to all our lives.
Gil's family kindly requests that you take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at Memories and stories published by those who knew him are available there.
Those who knew Gil are invited to join his friends and family at his memorial service on May 19, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at St. George's Anglican Church (168 Wilton Street).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Parkinson Canada.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Dear Sandy & family, We are so sorry about the passing of Gil. What a huge loss for your family. Remembering all the fun times with Gil & Sandy on our European hockey tour and all the hockey parties. Wishing you strength & courage. Sincerely, John & Carole Regnier - Posted by: JP & Carole Regnier ( friends) on: May 19, 2022

  • Sandy & family, We are deeply sorry for the great loss of your beloved Gil. Remembering all the fun times we had together at hockey games and parties. His memory will live on in your hearts forever. Sincerely, John & Carole Regnier - Posted by: Carole Regnier ( friends) on: May 18, 2022

  • Sorry to hear that Gil passed away. I had the pleasure of knowing Gil because he was a member of the Reh-Fit centre and I work as a fitness professional there. I always enjoyed our conversations. He will be missed. - Posted by: Shauna Watt (Friend) on: May 17, 2022

  • Sandy, it is with most sincere condolences I write this tribute. It was only a few weeks ago Gil reminded me that we met 10 years in Swift Current, when Gil started his career with GT. It was then while doing the new store set up that we had the same traits, carcasm, wit and sense of humor. This was the launching point for our friendship that took us to Tim's often. It was there that we would continue with our barbs and carcasm. Often talking hockey, with The Bruins being central, with all the stories related. One stands out; when The Bruins were playing badly, it was Sandy that would put the knives back in the drawer. Often we would review the number of goals he would score from his off wing, all top shelf of course. Rest in peace Buddy, you are already missed! Ken. - Posted by: Ken Kilbrei (Friend) on: May 17, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to you Sandy, your children and grandchildren. You are in my thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Maureen Unik (Friend) on: May 15, 2022

  • My deepest condolences go out to Gil’s entire family. Gil was a great man with a smile and laugh that could fill a room. When I think of Gil I laugh at the memory of him refusing to eat a “jazzy sandwich” and feel warmed but his love and admiration of each one of you. Gil’s memory is one that will live on forever in the hearts of everyone he impacted with his kindness and wisdom. My love goes out to all of you during this difficult time! 💕 -Shanna - Posted by: Shanna Cote (Niki’s friend) on: May 15, 2022

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry for your loss, thinking of you🤗 - Posted by: Sue Olsen (Monique's friend) on: May 15, 2022

  • So sorry for your loss, sending our condolences. - Posted by: Lynn & Randy Fraser (Friend/Family) on: May 15, 2022

  • I had the privilege of working with and becoming friends with Gil at Walmart. We often went to lunch together. He was the kindest, proudest, gentle man. He loved his family beyond everything. He paid attention to the small things, he was the first to notice when I got my hair done. I always laughed because I’d say even my family didn’t notice! He said he had to pay attention to details with that lovely lil grin of his. He was one of the good ones! My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Cora Muzik (Friend and coworker) on: May 14, 2022

  • So sad to hear of Gil. I worked with Gil many years ago in Winnipeg.. He was a great co-worker and was proud to work with him. My condolences to Sandy and family.. - Posted by: Debbie Kennedy (Firmer co-worker) on: May 14, 2022

  • Prayers and peaceful wishes to my family at this time of sadness. My love and sympathy sent from afar. I'll always remember his laughter and story telling. I love you are dearly. Maya & Family - Posted by: Maya Ruzick (Niece) on: May 14, 2022

  • My heart and thoughts are with you all and to Monique my great friend. Sending prayers to everyone. Take care of each other. - Posted by: Shannon Bouvier (Good friend of Monique) on: May 14, 2022

  • Sandy and family please accept my condolences. Gil was a kind hearted person and loved by so many. Rest in Peace Gil. - Posted by: Pat Litzenberger (Friend ) on: May 14, 2022

  • In the early 80’s I played hockey for several years with The Royals. Gil was “Mr Royal” to all who knew him. A super competitive and fine player that also was in the middle of every good time the team had. I remember winning a championship and partying at Gil and Sandy’s till the wee hours of the morning. We had so much fun and Gil was always so generous and good natured. Although I haven’t seen Gil in some time, I thought about those days and him often and reminisced with friends when we got together. Great memories. Brent Kerslake - Posted by: Brent Kerslake (Friend) on: May 14, 2022

  • Sandy, So sorry on Gil’s passing, thinking of you. - Posted by: Betty Woodman (Friend) on: May 14, 2022

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