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40440 Tantalus Rd
Box 99
Garibaldi Highlands, BC V0N 1T0
Phone: 604-898-5121
Fax: 604-898-4460
Howard Gillies

Howard Gillies

Wednesday, June 26th, 1957 Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

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Obituary for Howard Gordon Gillies


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Howard Gillies on July 23, 2019 at his home in Squamish. Howard grew up in North Vancouver with a passion for sports, he later took that passion and turned to coaching his children's baseball and football teams. Howard was a long time Patrol Man for the Lions Gate Bridge. He was a very well respected man in his position at work as well as within the Communities of North Vancouver and Squamish.
Howard is predeceased by his father Gordon Gillies, and is survived by his mother Evelyn Gillies and his loving wife Diana of 30 years, his 3 children, Courtney (Jordy), Samantha and Cameron, as well as by his grandaughter Riley whom he adored.
Howard will forever live on in the hearts of everyone he touched throughout his life.

Funeral Service will be held on Monday August 5th, 2019 at 12:00 noon at The West Coast Heritage Park Train Museum. To sign the book of condolences, please go to

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  • Celebration of Life

    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    West Coast Railway Heritage Park
    39645 Government Road
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    Monday, August 5th, 2019
    George McKenzie
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    Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    West Coast Railway Heritage Park
    39645 Government Road
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    Monday, August 5th, 2019
    1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Shannon McCaffery

Diana and family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you all. I was just looking through some old pics from times at the bridge and bday in Squamish, good memories! I will toast Howie with a timmies! Shannon M
Comment | Posted at 05:01pm via Condolence

Sara James

Dear Diana,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family on Howard’s sudden passing. Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
We always waved to Howard every time we drove over the Lions Gate Bridge and he still comes to mind when we travel that way! May good memories help you through your loss.

Sara & Trevor James
Comment | Posted at 12:09pm via Condolence

Mel Russell-Taylor

To Diana and family
Howard first came in my life at age 13, I coached him for 3years, then years went by I got asked out to a practice, I arrived to find him behind the plate ,I asked why am I here you have a good catcher, of course he's good I taught him. For the next 30+ years we played fastball together, we worked together(ask me I will tell you some great stories) Flag football we played together for many years he was the best receiver I ever had .We had 2 things in common if they had a race we would both come last, but we had skills most don't Smarts, Great hands, and a will to win, we both believed in the same saying "Winning may not be everything but losing suck " I love him with all my heart and the void that has been created will be with me for the rest of my life . I had asked him if he would do the eulogy at my service This is not the way it was suppose to play out. Tomorrow will be a very hard day for me, I truly loved him, RIP Buddy
Comment | Posted at 11:11pm via Condolence

Tyrone Walker

My condolences go out to Howard's family at this time of loss and sorrow.Tyrone Walker
Comment | Posted at 01:21pm via Condolence

Dear Diana and family.
Our deepest deepest sympathies go out to you all at this extremely difficult time! We have so many fond memories of Howard and your family and we were shocked to hear this tragic news! We think of you often and remember Howard as a fun, loving, caring, wonderful person. Life is so not fair when it decides to take such a fabulous person and leave devastation for family and friends.
Our hearts are with you and sending you all our love!
Debbie, Doug, Danielle, and Colton Sissons ♥️
Comment | Posted at 04:46pm via Condolence

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