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Mervin Clifford Gilchrist

March 23, 1960 ~ April 8, 2021 (age 61)

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Obituary

GILCHRIST – Merv, passed away with his family by his side on Thursday April 8th, 2021. Loving husband and best friend of Patsy and loving, kind, and generous father of Melonie (James), Megan (Shane), and Matthew (Justine). He will be missed greatly by his grandchildren Dezaree, Kynan, Kyle, Matthew, Jackson, Max, Leham, and Tanner.

Loving brother of Arden (Shirley), Jean (Carl) (both predeceased), Sadie, Reg (Linda), Max (Diane), Bob (Sharon), and Mark (Angel). Brother-in-law to Larry (Roberta), Jack (Julie), Danny (predeceased)(Anita), and Beryl (Shane). Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Ada (McCormick) Gilchrist and sister-in-law Thelma.

Merv was employed as the service manager for Manitoulin Chrysler and worked with the company for many years. Merv spent 27 years as a volunteer fire fighter on Manitoulin Island completing his tenure as chief of the Billings Fire Department upon his retirement in November of 2020. He was also a certified search and rescue diver.

The Gilchrist grin was most evident when Merv and Patsy were riding the bike. Whether it was a scoot to Espanola for Timmies, a trip across the U.S., or a trip to Pizza Ranch Merv was always ready to go. Merv enjoyed countless motorcycle adventures with Patsy and numerous cherished friends throughout the years. Hunting and fishing run through the Gilchrist genes and Merv was no exception to their call. Whether he was in a tree stand, bird blind, or a boat Merv was in his comfort zone. Merv spent countless hours with Reg and Dave polishing his skills as a member of the Manitoulin Marksmen association.

Merv kept certain talents close to his heart. Merv was an excellent dancer, singer, and guitar player for those lucky enough to hear him play. He had an excellent ability to read people. He could say a lot with one look and you always knew where you stood with him. He was excellent at assessing situations and determining solutions. He also had the ability to inspire people to believe in themselves.

Hope and determination carried Merv though his health struggles over the past year. No one could have fought harder. The family would like to thank Dr. Gail Darling of Toronto General Hospital for her tireless effort and perseverance to heal Merv. We cannot thank her enough!

Visitations will be held on Monday April 12th, 2021 at 5759 Hwy 542, Mindemoya from 2pm – 4pm and from 6pm – 9pm. All wishing to attend the visitation must RSVP in advance through Merv’s page on the Island Funeral Home website. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be respected. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Billings Fire Department Firefighters Association.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mervin Clifford Gilchrist, please visit our floral store.


Services

Visitation
Monday
April 12, 2021

2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
5759 Hwy. 542, Mindemoya
5759 Hwy. 542
Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 28 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place


Visitation
Monday
April 12, 2021

3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
5759 Hwy. 542, Mindemoya
5759 Hwy. 542
Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 42 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place


Visitation
Monday
April 12, 2021

6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
5759 Hwy. 542, Mindemoya
5759 Hwy. 542
Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 41 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place


Visitation
Monday
April 12, 2021

7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
5759 Hwy. 542, Mindemoya
5759 Hwy. 542
Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0

Please note

Attendance is limited to a maximum of 41 people. Family and friends planning to attend are kindly requested to RSVP to reserve their place


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