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Passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the age of 69. Survived by his loving wife Lynne of 45 years, daughters Staci (Darren) Gratton of West Kelowna, BC and Stefani (Michael) Oakes of Kelowna, BC, son Scott (Christine) of Princeton, BC, grandchildren Cherish, Hope and Faith Gilbert and Bethany and Bodhi Gratton, brothers David (Doreen) of Onoway, AB and Frank (Dot) of Tomahawk, AB and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by an infant brother Mark and his parents Howard and Frances.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd Kelowna, BC.  Interment to follow at a later date.  Should family and friends so desire, memorial donation may be made to a charity of their choice.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Service Details

The service for GILBERT, John H. is scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250 860-7077

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  • Vic and Joy Nykiforuk says:

    Lynne and Family
    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. John was such a wonderful man, full of life and laughs. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We are so sorry that we will miss his Memorial Service as we will be out of country. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all

    Joy and Vic Nykiforuk

  • Bonny & Chuck Johnston & Family says:

    Lynne – thinking of you & your family at this difficult time.

  • Anne Marie Mossman (Jim Oakes' Sister) says:

    Dear Lynne, Michael and Stefani,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family at this sad time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Anne Marie Mossman (Jim Oakes’ Sister)

  • Dennis & Norma Thibault says:

    Dear Lynne and family
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. John was a wonderful friend and was well loved and respected by all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. We regret deeply that because of a commitment we have on Sunday we will not be able to attend the memorial service but you will be in our thoughts and prayers. With much love from Dennis & Norma Thibault

  • June Shepherd says:

    My deepest sympathy Lynne to you and your family.

  • Fred and Debbie Hansma(Shepherd) says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

  • June Shepherd says:

    Deepest sympathy to you Lynne and your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Derek and Linda O'Donnell says:

    Dear Lynne and family, we are so very sad to hear of John’s passing. He was an awesome husband, Dad and friend, and his magnetic personality will always live on in all that knew him. His larger than life smile and shenanigans always brought fond memories to us. Thinking of all you with love.

  • Brenda Reich says:

    Lynne and family my sincere sadness is sent to you at this time. I went to school with John in Tomahawk and will always remember his winning smile. I recall our last meeting at the July 1st picnic in Tomahawk. We were standing in line for our annual homemade hamburger and had a nice chat.

  • Diana Jennings says:

    Dear Lynne and family, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of John, he was a wonderful person and loved his family dearly. I enjoyed my years working with him. Sincere sympathy..

  • Jodi and Family says:

    Lynne, Scott and Christine, Staci and Darren, Stefani and Michael and family – I am so very sad to hear about John. My heart goes out to all of you. I am sending hugs and wish I was there to give them to you in person. Lots of love -Jodi, Dave, Brianna and Kayla xoxo

  • Bryan and Glenda Jackson says:

    Lynne we are so sad to hear of Johns passing. We will miss he smile and kind personality. Bryan and Glenda Jackson

  • Jerry Forst says:

    Lynne and family our sincere condolences. I worked with John in Burnaby for a number of years and he was a joy to work with. John always had a joke. He was a dedicated policeman and a good friend to all those that worked with him. He had a great way with the public and was a good listener for those in need. God Bless you. Jerry & Ruth Forst Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Maurice and Valerie Riou says:

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We have many wonderful memories of our time together in Burnaby. John was a wonderful person.
    We have you and your family in our thoughts and Prayers.

  • Doug & Joan Buchta says:

    Lynne & Family; We are truly saddened with the news of John’s passing. Please know our heartfelt wishes are with you and yours during this difficult time. We have wonderful memories of the time we spent with you, John and the children all those years ago. John’s welcoming, energetic and infectious personality will be forever missed. Our prayers are with you.

    Love, Joan, Doug, Angie and Matt Buchta

  • Gordon, Lynn Kennedy, Amanda, Ellen and family says:

    Lynne, Scott, Staci and Stefani and family. Our sincere condolences. John was a special one of a kind person who made our lives just a little bit better during the good old days. There are so many memories with John that involved smiling and laughter. If there is a Highway Patrol in Heaven, we all now have a reason to worry.

  • Don Tamaki says:

    Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. John always put a smile on your face with his outgoing personality. We had good times playing ball and hockey. He will be missed.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Don Tamaki

  • Bill and Cheryle Allen says:

    We are so sad to hear of John’s passing. We will always remember the good times we all had while we were together in Revelstoke. Lynn we will hold you and your family in our hearts.
    Bill and Cheryle Allen

  • Brian Otto says:

    I am quite saddened by the passing of John. As everyone has said, his personality was very special, and he was always a “bright light” in Kamloops office. I most remember his smile, and his friendship! My sincere heart felt condolences to the entire Gilbert family
    Brian Otto – Orillia Ontario

  • Herb and Carol Stengert says:

    Lynne and family. We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We remember the times we shared in Burnaby and Prince George. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  • Paul and Colleen Hulan says:

    Lynne and Family. Our deepest and sincerest sympathy for the loss of John. We truly enjoyed the times we were able to share with you two. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Don & Diane Grainger says:

    Lynne and Family

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I really enjoyed working with him in Burnaby and of course Delores and I enjoyed having you both as friends. Many great memories for sure. Please accept our deepest condolences.

  • Linda & Gerry Gauthier says:

    Dear Scott & family,

    So sorry to hear about your dad / grandfather. Our deepest condolances to you and family. May you be comforted in knowing he is now at rest and with you all in spirit. We did not know him; however, his memories will be with you forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Rik and Jean Herbert says:

    Lynne and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you

  • Rick & Val Marshinew says:

    Dearest Lynne and your entire family. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of you. Val worked with John at ICBC and I worked with John in the RCMP. I can assure you that everyone who knew John, had much respect and admiration for his friendship, work ethics and love of his family. I will be attending on Sunday however Val regrets she cannot attend as she is out of the country. Our condolences to all.

  • Eleanor Walker says:

    Lynne and family; sincere condolences to all. I doesn’t seem so long ago that we were together in Merritt. I am blessed to have the memory of a fine young man with an amazing smile.

  • Tom & Connie Pearson says:

    Lynne & Family. We are sorry we could not be there today due to bad colds but wish to express our thoughts with you and the family. John was a great friend and will be missed by us and more of his many, may friends. He had a great sense of humour was always a pleasure to be with.

  • Orv and Barbara Robson says:

    Lynne and family, our condolences are with you and your family at this time of your loss of John. He was a remarkable man, I admired, committed to his family and the force. He worked diligently during his career in the various postings and duties he had. He always had a fresh approach to an investigation, being positive, and a real tenacious determination to get the job done. It was an honour to have him as a friend, our prayers are with you.

  • Sharon McCormick says:

    My condolences Lynne, Scott, Staci and Stefani and your families. I worked with John for 12 years. He was a good man to work with. John always had a smile and a joke to tell. He loved to tell jokes and would bring people in to our area of the claim Centre) shut the door (in case someone would be offended) and tell the joke and have a good laugh. I would have liked to come to his funeral but I’m in Yuma For the winter. Take care of yourselves John loved you all and was proud of you. God bless

  • Pete Orichowski says:

    Dear Lynne & Families…
    What a surprise & shock to learn of John’s passing!!!!!!! Many years have gone by since you and us were stationed in Revelstoke…neighbors just doors away and Dick & Janice Latta next door to you..I will cherish the memory of John, his quick wit and prankesterism..and what a memo writer when needed in a dire situations…Coincidently Al Brassnet (our Boss)just recently passed away also…May John rest in peace and enjoy the company of past comrades..
    Peter Orichowski (20112)

  • Lynn Dorey says:

    “though they have gone on before us, they will always be with us in our heart”

    My love and condolences go out to you Lynne and your family.

  • Dick & Janice Latta says:

    Not the news we wanted to hear. Awhile since good neighbors and friends in Revelstoke but you have always been in our thoughts. Our sincere condolences to you and your family . Dick & Janice

  • Tim Steen says:


    So very sad to learn of John’s passing. It has been some years since Iast I spoke to John but he had not changed from proud man who was my friend in “O” Troop those many years ago. My sincere condolences to you and your family.


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