Dr. Harry “Sandy” Gilchrist
June 27th, 1925 – February 3rd, 2015
It is with heartfelt sadness that we mourn the loss of Sandy who passed away on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at the age of 89 with his loving wife by his side, a glass of good scotch within reach, his devoted dog on his lap, while watching his beloved Vancouver Canucks.
Sandy was born in North Vancouver, B.C. and was the youngest sibling to his sisters, Ruth and Jean. The family then moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he spent his formative years. After graduating medical school at the University of Alberta, Sandy practiced medicine in Westlock, Alberta for many years before moving to Vernon, B.C. in 1961. He then joined the Vernon Medical Clinic where he continued to practice medicine surrounded by friends and colleagues until 1991 when he retired. Shortly thereafter Sandy returned to Medicine by working part-time at the Gartree Medical Clinic until the age of 82 – he truly loved his chosen career!
Sandy is survived by his loving wife and best friend Bev, his daughter Lynn, his son Rick (Sue), his step-children; Rhonda and Buzz (Jasmine), his five grandchildren; Stephen, Jennifer, Chris, Tristan and Daylen and two great-grandchildren; Victoria and Ryker. Sandy was very proud of all his children, their families and their many accomplishments.
Sandy was a gentle, reserved, honourable and inspiring man. He was an avid reader and connoisseur of crosswords. He loved to travel, especially to Maui! Sandy loved Kalamalka Lake and enjoyed skiing on Silver Star Mountain. For over 40 years he always looked forward to his weekly “Board Meeting” where he and his buddies would solve the problems of the world over a beer and a cigar.
In respecting Sandy’s wishes, he was cremated and no funeral service will be held. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Sandy to the charity of your choice.
Cremation arrangements have been made with
Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd.,
5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5