Suddenly on May 4, 2005 Douglas Gillon, passed away at the age of 85. Doug is survived by his loving children, John Gillon, Donald Gillon (Lucie), Robert Gillon (Lise), Sheila Marr (Robert); his sister Christine Smythe of Wichita, Kansas; his grandchildren, Rachael Gillon, Bruce Gillon, Joyce Gillon, Marc Gillon, Matthew Marr and Jeffrey Marr. Doug will also be sadly missed by his six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Doug was predeceased by his wife of 41 years, Joyce in 1986, his brother James Gillon in 2001. Doug was born in Detroit, Michigan, but raised for most of his life in Fort Frances, ON. He met Joyce in Ottawa, ON and they were married in 1945. Doug became a pilot and fought in Burma during the Second World War with the 155 squadron. After the war Doug returned to Fort Frances to take up the position of pilot to the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company. Doug moved his family to Winnipeg in 1960, and worked for Transport Canada for 30 years until his retirement. In 1981, and because of his great passion for aviation, he came out of retirement to become an airport manager in Thompson, MB,from where he retired in 1986. Doug and his son, John bought a cabin in Vermilion Bay, ON, where he enjoyed his time for many years. That became too great a distance and he returned to living in Winnipeg fulltime, where he became a large supporter of Tim Hortons Coffee. He could be seen picking up coffee for himself and his son, Don many times a day. Prayers were said on Sunday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Green Acres Funeral Home, Hwy. No. 1 East at Navin Road. A service of remembrance was held for Doug on Monday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Green Acres Funeral Home, Hwy. No. 1 East at Navin Road with Rev. Fr. Fred Olds of•ciating. Interment followed in Green Acres Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St., Suite 200,Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6