Obituaries

Thomas Arnold
B: 1955-12-30
D: 2018-07-06
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Arnold, Thomas
Gordon Johnston
B: 1940-06-23
D: 2018-07-03
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Johnston, Gordon
Patricia Davies
B: 1942-05-13
D: 2018-06-28
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Davies, Patricia
John Frith
B: 1952-07-31
D: 2018-06-28
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Frith, John
Mitchell Elliott
B: 1952-04-25
D: 2018-06-25
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Elliott, Mitchell
Edward Wolfe
B: 1966-10-20
D: 2018-06-14
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Wolfe, Edward
Evelyn Hamilton
B: 1923-06-10
D: 2018-06-06
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Hamilton, Evelyn
Ernest Hykawy
B: 1947-08-14
D: 2018-05-30
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Hykawy, Ernest
Robert Porter
B: 1941-10-24
D: 2018-05-19
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Porter, Robert
Bonnie Pelletier
B: 1959-09-24
D: 2018-05-13
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Pelletier, Bonnie
Mildred Eastman
B: 1926-10-06
D: 2018-05-12
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Eastman, Mildred
Eunice Paterson
B: 1926-05-22
D: 2018-05-12
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Paterson, Eunice
James Windsor
B: 1935-12-13
D: 2018-05-07
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Windsor, James
Lawrence Smith
B: 1943-04-30
D: 2018-05-05
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Smith, Lawrence
Jesse Storr
B: 1988-12-16
D: 2018-04-29
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Storr, Jesse
James Wolfe
B: 1950-06-04
D: 2018-04-26
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Wolfe, James
Bruce Dinel
B: 1962-09-19
D: 2018-04-26
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Dinel, Bruce
June Blanchard
B: 1921-07-13
D: 2018-04-22
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Blanchard, June
William Archer
B: 1927-11-16
D: 2018-04-18
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Archer, William
John Robinson
B: 1939-12-10
D: 2018-04-16
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Robinson, John
Garnet Vernon
B: 1925-01-26
D: 2018-04-16
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Vernon, Garnet

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Rick Birmingham, Funeral Director Assistant / Concierge
Email: gfc@execulink.com
Website: www.gilpinfuneralchapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-491-9699
Fax: 226-520-0117

Rick became a member of the Gilpin family team in early 2015.  With his gentle demeanor, thoughtfulness and years of experience in the Funeral business Rick is now a regular staff member in the Sarnia chapel.  

In his personal time, Rick enjoys spending time with his family and being his cherished Grandchildren's biggest cheering section.

Laurel Carnegie, FDA / Reception Care Specialist
Email: GilpinFuneralChapel@execulink.com
Website: www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-786-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117

Laurel has been with Gilpin Funeral Chapel since 2015.  Laurel’s goal is to always offer comfort to those who have experienced a loss, many coming back to express their appreciation of her thoughtful acts and kind words. Laurel loves being a part of such a wonderful team, where everybody works together.  

Laurel appreciates working in her community and personal time is spent with her husband Tom, their two havanese puppies while being involved in the lives of their grown family.

Heather Jennings, Administrative Support / Licenced Funeral Staff
Email: GilpinFuneralChapel@execulink.com
Website: www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-786-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117
Mobile Phone: 226-377-7598

Heather began working with the Gilpin Family in May of 2014 bringing with her the computer and audio visual technical experiences she has developed over the last 25 years in her work as a professional photographer.  

Heather's desire is to work within and support her community in a time of need.  A member of the National Funeral Director's Association (NFDA), the Western Ontario Funeral Association (WOFSA) and the Funeral Service Association of Canada (FSAC) Heather continues to gain knowledge on how to best serve in her community as she completes her final funeral director class 1 licensing.  

Heather's personal time is spent with her wonderful husband Ralph and their young family, as well as volunteering in her local community and church programs.

John Schneider, Funeral Assistant / Concierge
Email: GilpinFuneralChapel@execulink.com
Website: www,GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-786-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117

John Schneider is a local Forest resident and has been working at Gilpin Funeral Chapel since 2016.  John is well known as a Fire Fighter for the Forest Fire Department and brings with him his knowledge and training in working in emergency services.  

John and his wife Heidi enjoy living locally in the Forest community and raising their young family of three boys.

Albert Shaw, Transportation Services / Concierge
Email: gfc@execulink.com
Website: www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 1-844-GILPINS

Albert is a very valued member of the Gilpin staff, caring for the needs and wishes of each family that we serve behind the scenes.

Albert is quietly present before, during and after services, and always meets you with commitment and sincerity.  One of the most multitalented individuals, Albert truly takes on the title Jack Of All Trades.  Gilpin Funeral Chapel is privileged to have Albert on the team.

Albert enjoys his personal time with family, working on vehicles and expanding on his never ending array of talents

Brad Smith, Care Centre Manager / Concierge
Email: GFC@execulink.com
Website: www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-786-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117

With an attention to every detail Brad is a trusted and valued member of the Gilpin Funeral Home staff.  Self-motivated, Brad is ever present behind the scenes making sure care is taken in the maintenance of the Gilpin facilities.

Brad is a family man and that is where you will find him when he is not busy looking for ways he can make you feel more comfortable at one of the Gilpin chapels.

John Tedball , Atneed Care Manager / Funeral Director Assistant
Email: gfc@execulink.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-786-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117

After working for years in the medical field caring for people John came to be part of the Gilpin staff with a desire to continue serving his community and appreciates the sense of accomplishment when assisting families.  

Known for serving and caring with the utmost respect, John takes extra time to be sure everything he does is completed with respect and honour.  John will often be the first our families meet in their time of need. A time that John  commits to giving as much comfort to the family in his word and action as possible.

Happily married, John and his wife Debbie can be found in their personal time camping with family and friends, staying fit and participating in community events.

Jesse Whitfield, Administrative Specialist / Concierge
Email: GilpinFuneralChapel@execulink.com
Website: www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com
Toll Free Phone: 1-844-GILPINS  1-844-445-7467
Office Phone: 519-296-4964
Fax: 226-520-0117

Jesse joined our company in 2017. Jesse brings with him his experience in electronics and audio visual.  Jesse’s goal is to ensure that our client families’ needs are met, and exceeded if possible.  

Jesse spends his personal time with his wife Chris and their family volunteering in their local church and cheering on the Sarnia Sting Hockey team.