Less than a month after the passing of Iris, his beloved wife of 72 years, Gil left us to join her in Heaven. He was 94 years old and felt fortunate to have lived a good long life full of happy memories. Much loved father of Susan and grandfather of Lily and Jamie Ferguson. Also loving father to Larry (Renata) and grandfather to David (Amanda) and Paul (Andrea) and great-grandfather to Kaylee, Riley, and Jillian. Oldest son of the late Russell and Beatrice Mulholland. Beloved brother of Ray and the late Bob Mulholland. Loved brother-in-law of Thelma Carter, Marlene Boniface, and the late Helen Barnard. Loved by many nieces and nephews.
Dad went to Delta High School until the end of grade 9. He left school to help support his mom and younger brother when his dad was in WWII. He became a Sheet Metalist by trade and worked for Robertson Irwin. Later he became a fireman with the city fire department and then with the Stelco fire department. He retired as the fire chief at Stelco and enjoyed a long and happy retirement with mom.
Dad loved sports and was a natural athlete. He played baseball in the summer and hockey in the winter. He was very proud of being on the 1960 Senior A Ontario champions in Big Four fastball for Fotheringhams and got a kick out of showing us the team picture hanging over the pinball machine at Hutch’s. When he had hip and knee replacements, he enjoyed playing darts and participating in lawn bowling in the Twenty Place Olympics with the many friends he and mom made there.
Dad was a gentleman and we never heard him say a curse word. He enjoyed westerns and war movies and buying a new GM car every four years. Up until recently he was doing daily sudokus in the Spec. He was a great father and we will miss him very much.
Thanks Dr. Al Haidari, Janet and Ronnie, and to the wonderful staff at Amica Stoney Creek who took care of dad when all he wanted was go to Heaven to be with mom. Your patience and kindness is much appreciated. Also a heartfelt thank you to the compassionate staff from the Niagara MAID Team who honoured dad’s request to die with dignity. At dad’s request, cremation has taken place, and a private family service will take place. Notes of sympathy and condolence may be left at www.donaldvbrown.ca