Gilbert Frank Northam
1930 – 2016
It is with profound sadness that the family of Gilbert “Gib” Northam announces his passing on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Gib was born on February 10, 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He began work with the Canadian Pacific Railway at the young age of 16 years in Brandon, Manitoba. Gib had four children Cheryl, Rene, Debbie and Darcy. He transferred with the Railway to Cranbrook more than 40 years ago. He married Jean Kjenstad. Gib and Jean loved to travel, camp and fish.
Gib leaves to mourn, his daughters Cheryl O’Reilly (David) and Debbie Coleman (Jim) and their children Michael (Lindy), Bradley and David and great granddaughter Kaylee as well as his special friend Sonja Welch. Also left are his stepchildren Ken Kjenstad (Sydney), Cleo Schwatz (Bruce), Ross Kjenstad, Trudy Baker (Don) and all of their children. A special thanks to Deni and Lindy for their compassion and devotion to their Papa especially in his last hours. Gib was predeceased by his parents Alzina (Vyse) and Frank Northam, his children’s mother Evelyn, his sons Rene and Darcy, his wife Jean and stepdaughters Fern and Carmen. He will be sadly missed by those that loved and knew him.
The family would like to thank the staff of the ICU at East Kootenay Regional Hospital for their kind care of Gib. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life was held on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Senior’s Hall in Cranbrook. Rest in peace Dad.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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