With sad hearts the family of Harold Gillette announces his passing on Sunday June 7th 2015 after a brief illness in VJH. Dad was predeceased by Mum (Honey to most), his wife of 72 years, in December of 2012. Dad was born on March 7th 1920 in Bateman Saskatchewan, the seventh of eight children, to Frank and Dorothy Gillette. He will be sadly missed by his five children, Bill (Carol), Lynn (Lanny), Gary (Arlene), Don (Heather) and Wendy (Gary), 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
The Gillette family moved to Vernon in 1927 where Harold attended Beairsto School. Harold was only 16 when he met the love of his life Honey, who moved with her family to Vernon. They were married August 10, 1940 and spent 72 wonderful years together.
Dad was a veteran of WW2 and after discharge from the service in 1946 began his job with the City of Vernon where he worked for 33 years. Dad joined the Boy Scout movement with his sons and stayed on for over 50 years as a leader, trainer and mentor. He was a founding member of Vernon Civil Defense, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and Trinity United Church. He loved the outdoors
and took us camping, and fishing all around the Vernon area.
Mum and Dad built their dream home on the shores of Mabel Lake and spent the first 21 years of their retirement with summers at the Lake, and winters as snowbirds in Apache Junction Az. They travelled and explored the country as well as cruising in such places as Russia, the Holy Land, the Caribbean and Alaska. They also toured to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the UK. Each spring they returned to Mabel Lake and enjoyed the summers with family at the “cabin” watching their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoying what they created together.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Van Zyl for her many years of care and the kind nurses on 2West at VJH.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the Chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday June 20, at 6:00 PM. followed by tea and ice cream (Dad’s favorite).
In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Harold can be made to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 0155 Condolences may be offered at