Moe (Maurice) Gilbert

Moe (Maurice) Gilbert

GILBERT, Moe (Maurice) was born April 26, 1926 on the farm in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, the youngest son of Napoleon and Marie Rose Gilbert. He was particularly proud of the sports teams of Notre Dame College in Wilcox, especially the Hounds hockey team. CFL football was one of his passions as he attended many games to watch his beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders as well as numerous Grey Cup games.

Dad came to Trail at age 21 in 1947 to work at the smelter. He retired in 1982 after moving to Fruitvale where he remained until a brief stay at the Rosewood Village before passing on December 31, 2011 at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital.

He enjoyed many years of golf and curling in both Trail and Fruitvale. Dad had fifty four years of sobriety and was one of the early members of the Tralano Club. Numerous hours were spent helping others deal with their addictions. He will be remembered by many as a devout follower of the Hefner doctrine as well as a fixture at Funkys and later the Marlane, all in the spirit of his “open closet” philosophy.

He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Joan, brothers Roland and Gabriel and his grandson Nicholas.

Moe is survived by his son Maurice (Bev), grandchildren Tanis, Marni, Scott, Jolene, Danielle, and Trysta, daughter Donna Wirsch and grandchildren Erin, Kelly, Graham, his daughter Niki Traverse, and grandchildren Janessa and Bradley, his sisters Marceline M.I.C. (of Montreal), Doris (of Surrey) as well as many nieces and nephews and his best friend Emil Schultz.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2011 at 12:00 noon at Carberry’s Chapel at 1298 Pine Avenue, Trail with Reverend Ken Siemens officiating. Burial will follow at the Fruitvale Memorial Cemetery and a reception will follow at the Fruitvale Memorial Hall.

As an expression of sympathy, donations in Moe’s name may be made to the charity of your choice.

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