John Gilchrist

In Memorial

December 16, 1934 โ€“ February 17, 2013.

John passed away suddenly in the hospital after a year of waning health into the presence of his Lord. Born in Carluke, Scotland to William and Catherine Gilchrist, John is survived by his daughter Janice; his son Raymond (May); the mother of his children Isobel; his sister in Scotland, Nancy Stewart (Jim) and his nephew, Alastair (Margaret) and their family.
Following his army service, he moved to England to work in HM Prison Service. He moved with his young family to Canada and settled down in Maple Ridge. He worked in the BC Corrections before he became the pastor of Ruskin Baptist Church. John continued in other Christian works in a number of different organizations. Over the years John was an actively involved volunteer with Hope International, REVV, Baptist Housing and many other organizations.
He had a passion for soccer as a player, coach, referee and fan. He also enjoyed playing racquetball and golf. He was a true devotee of the Canucks, the Lions and the Whitecaps. He loved to sing and even tried his hand at acting.
Private family service will be held, followed by a celebration of life on March 16, 2013 at 2:00pm at Grandview Towers (function room tower 2) 1425 E 3rd Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (BC)
or the Baptist Housing Society.

Dad, your smile and jovial nature will be deeply missed.

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  1. Isobel, Janice, Raymond and May, I just want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. When it comes to parting with a loved one it is not easy, having just been through it so recently, I fully appreciate what you are going through. Keep the happy memories in your thoughts. ‘Underneath are His everlasting arms’. love and blessings, Cath

  2. Isabel, Janice, Raymond and May,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday. I can only imagine how difficult this time is for you. This makes me remember those years when we were in school and remembering your dad…he will be missed. Take care of yourselves and we will see you soon. Much love, Sue and Mark

  3. Isabel, Janice, Raymond and May,

    We just wanted you to know how sorry we are for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday.
    I think of your dad during our school years and remember a man with a wonderful smile – I know he will be terribly missed.
    Take care of yourselves and we will see you soon.
    Love Sue and Mark

  4. Cleave & Diane Buckton

    Dear Isobel, Jan & Ray
    We are saddened to hear of John’s passing. May your
    good memories carry you through this sad time Sending
    prayers and hugs to you all
    Cleave & Diane Buckton

  5. I enjoyed volunteering with you at the Indy Races & other events in Vancouver. You will be missed by all that knew you.

  6. John was a regular at Caffe Calabria for many years. He would order a “coffee with two brun sugars” sit with his scratch & wins waiting to win the big one so he could give the winnings to his kids. He shared may stories and passed on words of wisdom in such a way that could only be done with that special Scottish flare. John will be remembered as friendly and warm with a sense of humour that was not only appreciated by the Murdocco family but by many of their patrons as well. He will be thought of with fondness and missed by us all.

  7. Rupert and Elma

    As I was remembering John I could not help but smile as not to long ago I came upon a picture of John and your mom helping me move and he wore my hat with a greatest twinkle in his eyes. You will miss him but it is so much better than seeing him suffering or in bed all the time. God is so good and what a hope we have of all meeting one day. May that be a real comfort to you.
    Our love, R&S

  8. On Behalf of Tenth Avenue Bible Chapel we offer our condolences to the passing of your Dad.

    He spoke often at Tenth Avenue and we enjoyed his messages.

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