August 10, 1932 – November 11, 2020
It is with deep sadness the family of Gilbert Pether announce that on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 their dad passed away peacefully in his sleep, at the Southampton Care Centre. Cherished father of Tammy Brown (Colin), Tina Bird (Kevin), Timothy Pether (Molly) and Tanya Pether (Craig). Gilbert will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Heather Lapier (Tyler), Sara Brown, Emily Tiltman (Joel), Nicole Bird-Kirton (Kody), Kenneth Bird, Clara Willson/Pether, Taps, Mandisa and Thandekile and great grandchildren Luke, Lizzie, Clark, Sutton, Rhett and Cashe! He is survived and will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 25 years Jane (Starkey/Collison), daughter Victoria Starkey (Scott), grandchildren Chelsea and Nathaniel and great granddaughter Octavia. Fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Alex White and family, niece Jackie Spencer (Art) and family, sisters-in-law in the UK, Elizabeth Collison, Ann Murphy (Peter) and family, Georgina Codling (Peter), Mary Gale and Doug Race, good friends Peter and Peggy Knowlton and Bill and Shirley Martin. Last but not least Gilbert leaves behind Ernie his Parson Terrier. Gilbert was predeceased by his beloved wife of 34 years, Glenna June (Simpkins) in 1994 and his beloved son Terry (1992), his siblings Ruth Bell (Jack), Russell Pether (Lil and Elsie), Eleanor Ariss (George), Beverley White and his parents Thomas and Clara (Beaton) Pether. Following graduation from high school in Thornbury, Ontario, Gilbert attended Navigation school which lead to a job working for Imperial Oil, Marine Division. After eight years sailing the Great Lakes he took a job at Shell Oil as a Process operator and seven years later went to work for Chinook Chemicals as a Production Supervisor. Gilbert started his career with Ontario Hydro in December 1971 as a Senior Chemical Operator at the Heavy Water Plant and was soon promoted to Shift Operating Supervisor. He retired in February 1993 ending a twenty one year career with Ontario Hydro. Gilbert was well respected both in the community and during his working career. He was Past President of Probus, a member of Port Elgin United Church, loved curling, thoroughly enjoyed cycling, wine making, cooking and cruising but his passion was refinishing furniture and at the end of the day, he enjoyed a Martini at four o’clock made of course with Beefeater Gin! I, Jane on a personal note, would like to thank the support Gilbert and I received from a great team of people, from the Alzheimer Society, South West LHIN, The Behavioral Support Team, Grey Bruce Health Services in Owen Sound and Southampton, the Southampton Care Centre for taking such great care of Gilbert and finally Doctor Higgins. Thank you all again! Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside ceremony is planned with the hope of having a celebration of Gilberts’ life next year. Rest in Peace Gilbert! Online condolences may be made at www.greybrucecremation.com.