MILLER, Gilbert Peter
Passed away peacefully at Trillium Lodge in Parksville,?December 25, 2007
He was born April 10, 1915, in Red Deer, Alberta. He moved to Parksville, British Columbia in 1920, where he started school. He lived on Martindale Rd. A few years later, he moved to?Kakabeka Falls in Ontario, where he spent most of his teen years until he went into the service. During his teen years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping. He ran a trap line with his dad and best friend Stan Hill. During his initial training for the Canadian Air Force in Halifax, he met his wife Dorothy (Roberts).
He married Dorothy in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia after his service of duty in WWII. In the service, Gilbert was an airplane mechanic serving in England. After the war, Gilbert and Dorothy moved to New Westminster, British Columbia to run a mink farm.
Next Gilbert and Dorothy moved to Ucluelet, British Columbia. This is where they raised their three children (Peter, Dawn, and Jeannie). Gilbert’s parents and 2 brothers followed to Ucluelet where together they worked as commercial fishermen. Gilbert never gave up his love for hunting and he went every fall with his two good friends Art Hutchison and Albert Larsen.
Four years ago, he moved to Parksville where he could be closer to his family. He was always a quiet gentleman and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. In October 2006, he went hunting with Albert Larsen and his son Peter, bringing home two deer and one moose. He never lost his love for adventure.
Gilbert leaves behind many friends and family, his son Peter Miller (Linda), his daughters Dawn Erickson (Nels) and Jeannie Stewart (Steve), his sister Annie Gonyou, brother Charlie Miller, five grandchildren Patrick Cain (Kate), Shadrick Cain, Neil Stewart, Shannon Stewart, and Casey Cain, and 2 great grandchildren, Cody Varns and Zachary Cain. He is preceded in death by his parents Carl and Ida, his wife Dorothy, and his younger brother Harold.
A memorial service will be held at St. Edmund’s Anglican Church in Parksville at 3pm on Saturday, January 5, 2008.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.