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lucky he was that that meeting occurred. They soon developed a deep love
for one another. Around that time Jim learned, to his surprise, that he had
another child, Sue, from a university relationship. He was overjoyed by this
revelation, warmly welcoming Sue into his present family. Jim and Melanie
were married at Thormanby in the summer of 2012 in an open field and
under a brilliant sun. The ceremony was officiated by Madam Justice Janice
Dillon and attended by many friends and family members, including
Melanie’s large extended family and Sue and her family.
In the last two years of his life, Jim, while dealing with medical issues,
got great joy out of playing guitar, singing and writing poetry—and, of
course, spending time with family. He has been greatly missed by all who
knew and loved him.
Jim is survived by his loving wife Melanie and her family, children Sue
(Mark), Patrick (Kathy), Errin (Bill), Steffanie (Clark) and Sam (Olga), sisters
Colleen Gibbons (Dick) and Deirdre Poyner and many grandchildren,
one great-grandchild, cousins, stepchildren, nephews and nieces and grandnephews
and nieces, all of whom he loved so dearly.
Kevin John Gillett
Kevin Gillett died of a heart attack, in the arms of his
beloved wife Genevieve, on September 1, 2016. A
man full of enthusiasm and joy, his sudden departure
from this life stunned all who knew him. Kevin
is survived by his soulmate and best friend
Genevieve; his loving daughters Sarah and Elodie;
his three adoring grandchildren Eloise, Felix and
Johnny; and his dear brother and sister Nigel and Joanna.
Kevin was born in London, England on February 21, 1949. Together with
his parents Ralph and Margaret, and siblings Nigel and Joanna, Kevin immigrated
to Canada in 1959. The family settled near Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver
Island, and Kevin maintained a connection with this area
throughout his life.
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