Gilbert (Gib) Marshall, of Shevlin Towers, Fort Frances, Ont., passed away at MacKellar Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000 at age 84.
He was born in Sprucedale, Ont. on Sept. 15, 1916 to the late George and Rose Marshall. His family moved to Burriss Township in February, 1931.
Gib attended school there briefly and then spent his teenage summers working for neighbouring farmers and his winters in logging camps, where he was everything from a cookee to a tote team driver.
Gib joined the Forestry Corps in 1942 and served overseas from May of that year until January, 1946. On his return, he settled in Fort Frances, where he worked at the local paper mill as a millwright until his retirement in 1979.
Most of his retirement years were spent at his cabin home at Reef Point. He spent hours in his workshop there, building and creating wood products of all kinds. His friends and family have many treasures with his stamp upon them.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his oldest brother, Stanley.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice Kennett; daughter, Gayle (Bob) Ikola; son, Terry (Laurie); and grandchildren, Kristjana and Brodie Marshall of Thunder Bay.
Also surviving are two brothers, Elwood (Denise) of Fort St. John, B.C., and Orn of Thunder Bay, Ont.; six sisters, Elizabeth Holborn and Eve Russell of Burriss, Ont., Lena (Bill) Whiddon of Kenora, Ont., Myrtle Covel of International Falls, Mn., and Florence Lindley and Louise Lambert of Fort St. John, B.C.; sister-in-law, Elva (John) Madison of Keewatin, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gib was a member of Knox United Church. A memorial service was held there to celebrate his life on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Patrick Playfair officiating.
In memoriam, donations may be made to “Care Close to Home” Riverside Foundation for Health Care, c/o La Verendrye Hospital, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2B7.
“God’s finger touched him and he slept.”
-Alfred Tennyson