Arthur Gilbert (Gil) Seabrook
The Seabrook family sadly announces the passing of their father and grandfather.
On November 28th, after a wonderful 97 years, Gil departed this life to join his beloved Eileen … whom he affectionately called “E”.
Gil was born in Edmonton on August 12, 1913. He and Eileen were married on August 28th, 1937.
Gil had a very successful career in broadcasting which started in Edmonton in 1931. In 1940 he began three years of military service. He later moved to CKCK Radio in Regina and in 1952 moved to Vernon where he spent nearly 30 years as General Manager of CJIB, now Kiss-FM. Gil was very proud of his profession and loved telling stories of his experiences in the pioneer years of “live talent” radio. During his time at CJIB he served terms as President of the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters, Director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and, in 1976, was awarded the Broadcaster of the Year award. He, and management from other Okanagan radio stations, were also involved with the inception of CHBC-TV. His three sons would all eventually follow their father into broadcasting.
During his years at CJIB, Gil and the staff originated many noteworthy programs including regular features such as “Welcome Traveller” (broadcast from Kal Lake lookout) and the, still active, “Santa Toy Club”. At one point, as a marketing / promotion effort, he personally obtained the registered trade-mark for the word “Ogopogo” and an artistic rendering of the famed lake monster. This, much to the chagrin of Kelowna and other Okanagan cities. Eventually the rights to use “Ogopogo” were offered to the City of Vernon … where they basically remained dormant.
Gil was involved with many organizations during his life including the Vernon Agricultural Society, the B.C. Thoroughbred Society, Schubert Centre Society, North Okanagan Community Life Society and the Seniors Advisory Council of British Columbia. He showed how important it is to give back to the community. Gil seemed innately aware of the needs of his fellow human beings and, whether it was a needy family down the street or a struggling community organization, he was often there to help. As a senior himself, Gil took on a major role ensuring the financial viability of the Schubert Centre as well as becoming an advocate for the rights of seniors. He was a contender for Vernon’s Good Citizen of the Year award on at least two occasions.
Gil also had a great love of animals. During his life he raised winning thoroughbred race horses, racing pigeons, show dogs, bees and singing canaries. His sons remember him exchanging a business suit for overalls and gum boots after a day at the radio station.
Gil was predeceased by his wife and best friend Eileen, son Warren and sister Dorothy. He is survived by his sister Barbara; two sons: Wayne (Marg) and Randy (Heather); eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A MEMORIAL TEA and CELEBRATION of Gil’s life will be held
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH ~ 1:00 to 4:00 PM
SCHUBERT CENTRE – BANQUET ROOM
All lifetime friends and associates invited.
Donations in Gil’s name can be made to the Schubert Centre in Vernon.