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Frederick Gillard

Frederick William Gillard

Wednesday, May 12th, 1926 - Sunday, August 16th, 2020
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Gillard, Frederick W.:

Born May 12, 1926, died August 16, 2020. Frederick lived in Kitchener all his life.

Beloved friend of Audrey Reitzel. Dedicated and caring father of Nancy and Dennis Leis, Susan Schaffner and David Bain, all of Kitchener and Fred and Lynn Gillard of Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario.  Grandfather of Kelli Leis (Greg), Chad Leis, Josh Gillard (Laurie), Debbie Currie (Sean) and Alex Gillard. He will be missed by his great-grandchildren Iyla, Hudson, Aidan and Jake. Special grandpa to Winnie, Brittany, J.P., Matthew, Curtis, Allysa and Joshua Reitzel. Brother of Don and Irene Gillard of Barrie, and June and Jim Gardiner of Waterloo. Missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his beloved wife, Eunice (1991), his mother and father Margurita and Frederick Gillard, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lydia and Charles Robinson and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon and Ethel Robinson.

Fred was a World War II Canadian Army Veteran. After the war, he served in the 48th Field Squadron, Royal Canadian Engineers (Militia) where he received the Canadian Forces Decoration for long services. Fred was employed at Bell Canada for 36 and a half years, where he was involved with Telephone Pioneers of America as Kitchener Pioneer Club President and Tecumseh Council President. He attended St. Louis R.C. Church, Waterloo, and was a member of Christ Anglican Church for many years and received his Thanks Badge. Over the years, Fred volunteered for Minor Hockey, Minor Baseball, and was a member of the Kitchener Young Mens’ Club, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 50, and the Grand River Lodge, No. 1251, A.F. & A.M. He volunteered for RAISE Home Support and the “Out of the Cold” program at St. Louis R.C. Church and was a longtime volunteer at Howard Robertson Public School. Fred was also a Board Chairman for the K-W Seniors' Day Program from 1987-1990. Fred loved good music and people, especially little people. He loved traveling and doing “God’s work”.

A special thanks to the loving and caring staff at Briarfield Gardens who were such a big part of his life this past year and to all the nurses at St. Mary's and Grand River Hospital for their kindness and care.

Cremation has taken place. Fred's family have arranged a private memorial Mass on Monday, August 24, 2020, at St. Louis R.C. Church, 43 Allen St. E., Waterloo. Interment to take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the K-W Seniors’ Day Program, Sunnyside Home, Franklin Ave., Kitchener, where his late wife, Eunice enjoyed many happy hours or to St. Louis R.C. Church would be appreciated (cards available at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 519-749-8467).

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Dorothy Lang Biggar

Posted at 02:07pm
Please accept condolences from the Lang family. We lived on Dumfries Avenue for many years. My mother and father, Mary and Howard Lang were great friends of the Gillards for years. I was fortunate enough to call Fred Gillard “Uncle Fred”. There are so many wonderful stories and times held in those years. We recently lost Howard Lang and “Uncle Fred” reached out to my mom quite a few times after dad passed away. So very sorry to hear of your loss. I know mom will miss his phone calls. Sending you our sympathies. Mary Lang and Dorothy Biggar (Dody).
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Kim Moser

Posted at 01:48pm
My condolences to all of you. My name is Kim Moser, and my family lived on Dumfries when I was born, so Fred knew me from the beginning. How nice it was to reconnect with him later on in life at church and then to find he and my neighbour Audrey were such good friends.
Fred was a wonderful man and we so enjoyed sharing stories of the old neighbourhood.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time.

Kim Moser
(Originally at 373 Dumfries)
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Stephen Gillard

Posted at 03:02pm
Thank you, Susan, for your kind words and condolences on the passing of our father, Bill Gillard. We knew of your family over the years, with us not living far apart, because of the phone calls mistakenly going to us for you or you for us (back in the old days of phone books). Your dad and ours both had long, fruitful lives which we all can be thankful for. That they had so many similarities in their lives and passed only a day apart, is quite a coincidence. Our condolences to you and your family. From the "other" Gillard family.
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Canadian Military Engineers Association

Posted at 02:52pm
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.

Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers
https://cmea-agmc.ca/cme-family-last-post
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Jamie Stockie

Posted at 06:40pm
Growing up next door to Fred, I remember him fondly. Our deepest condolences
to Nancy, Susie, Fred and their families.

Jamie and Marie Stockie
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