John Joseph Gillard of Thedford died peacefully at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the age of 69.
A devoted and caring husband, John knew he had found the love of his life when he met Cheryl at his Mom’s diner. After only 6 months the two were married, creating memories, laughing, and loving over the next 45 years. John and Cheryl raised their family of Ryan & Carrie and Shawn & Michele. Their family grew with the addition of their grandchildren Jarrod, Rowen, and Sara. Family was so very important and a tight-knit bond was formed with his in-laws Sheila & Dwayne and Shelly & Fred (2014). John always considered his in-laws as his own immediate family, in laughter, and in hard times, John’s protective nature was clearly shown. A special uncle to his many nieces and nephews, John will be dearly missed by his family, friends, neighbours, and community. John grew up on his family farm in Deleware and is predeceased by his parents and brother Wayne.
John was a skilled craftsman, an award-winning member of the carpenter’s union, and a mentor to many with his apprentices considering their opportunity to be an apprentice of John's as a true gift. A man who gave of himself as a volunteer, always one to be looking to help and fill a need, John was also a Legion member, and a Thedford District Cub, and Scout Leader for over 16 years.
Known for his real roughing it camping trips, hunting, and anything outdoors, John took his greatest pride simply spending time with and making memories with his kids and grandchildren.
The family would like to sincerely thank the Bluewater Health palliative care nurses, Dr. Walker, and their VON Danica. Your above and beyond sincere care will never be forgotten. Donations in John's name are appreciated at this time to the St. Joseph's Hospice in Sarnia.
A private family graveside service will take place, although the service is private, family and friends, young and old are asked and encouraged to show your respects by honking your horn from your driveway, or by practicing safe distancing on Main Street in Thedford on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:45am. A public memorial to take place at a later date at the Thedford Legion. Arrangements are entrusted to Gilpin Funeral Chapel, 123 King Street East in Forest. Please leave a memory or condolence online at www.GilpinFuneralChapel.com