William Gerard GartlandMarch 28, 1934 ~ December 24, 2017 (age 83)
William Gerard Gartland
March 28, 1934 - December 24, 2017
It is with sadness that we announce the death of William Gerard Gartland, after a courageous, and lengthy, battle with cancer.
Gerry spent most of his adult life in Louisbourg, NS, where he worked for National Sea Products for 46 years. He was a leader in the community, taking pride in his role as councillor of the Town of Louisbourg, and member of the Town of Louisbourg School Board. Until recently, he remained an active member of the Louisbourg Volunteer Ambulance Society. He spent many years as a member of the Louisbourg Volunteer Fire Department, and held leadership positions in numerous organizations including the Navy League of Canada, Lions Club, Louisbourg Playhouse, Louisbourg Tourism Committee and the Louisbourg Lighthouse Committee.
Left behind to remember and celebrate his legacy are wife Christina, children Beryl (Wilson) Eavis, Rose (James) Cormier, and Paul (Gisèle) Gartland. He loved and admired his grandchildren Victoria, Simon, Michael, Christina, Sarah, Hannah and Marcus. He is also survived by sister Nina (Roger) Taylor and brother Kenneth (Sharon) Gartland, as well as Isabelle & Donald Cross and Stan & Pat Baldock, neighbours by chance, family by choice.
He was predeceased by his parents Nora and Leo T. Gartland, sister, Mary and grand-daughter, Heather Lynn Cormier (in infancy).
Music was an important part of Gerry’s life, and he was blessed with an appreciation for all types of music. To the very end of his life, he enjoyed and found peace and serenity in listening to Christmas carols, to mark his most favourite time of the year. Special thanks to Jill Murphy for sharing her gift of musical companionship.
His main pride and joy was watching his children and grand-children growing up to be fine citizens and credits to their communities.
At Gerry’s request, there will be no visitation. Funeral Mass will take place 11:00 am at Stella Maris Parish,Louisbourg Wednesday Dec 27th
There will be a gathering at the Louisbourg Fire Hall following the Mass.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the An Cala Palliative Care Unit, the Music Therapy program with Hospice, the CNIB, the VON, or the Canadian Cancer Society.
Heartfelt thanks to the nurses of the VON and Palliative Care, especially Helen Sweeney and Holly Winn, and the physicians who have provided compassionate care on his journey.
For all the love and laughter, “T’anks ma b’y”.