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Ian David Gillies

October 17th, 1967 - June 27th, 2022
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It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of Ian David Gillies on June 27, 2022.  Ian’s family immigrated from Whitburn, Scotland when Ian was a toddler.  Most recently he resided in Maple Ridge, BC with his partner Elizabeth Silva. 

Ian leaves behind his son Cameron, mother Barbara, sister-in-law Vita and nephew Jeffrey.  He was predeceased by his brother Steven and father John.

Ian loved nature, reading, politics and history.  If you had the opportunity to talk with him, you would have experienced his passion.  He loved our home in the forest.  He loved fishing and camping as a young man.  He had an innate connection with animals.  They gravitated to him.  Our pets followed him everywhere. Ian also loved to cook.  Bacon, aged cheddar and garlic were staples in our home.  Country music was his favorite although of late he very much enjoyed listening to 70’s and 80’s rock.  He was a techy geek, learning coding and developing apps in his free time.

Ian was a gentle giant with a giving heart.  This was his greatest quality. He gave of himself selflessly.  If you were in need he was there.  At the same time, he was a no fuss guy.  Those he opened his heart to got the best of him. 

Ian’s greatest pride was his son Cameron.  His “great boy” whom Ian cherished with all his heart. 

Ian left this world suddenly, unexpectedly.  He suffered many years of chronic pain.  To ease his loved one’s loss and for his peaceful eternal rest, prayers are requested.

Losing a loved one suddenly is traumatic and finite.  Everything you hoped for is gone.  There is no time to waste.  Cherish those you love.  Don’t let disagreements keep you apart.  Be present and love like Ian, with all your heart.

A private viewing will be held for family only July 5, 2022.  A Celebration of Life will be planned during the summer for family and friends.

Please email RememberingIanG@gmail.com if you would like to participate in the Celebration of Life and to share your memories and photos of Ian.  Ian would want us to celebrate and not mourn his passing.  This is Elizabeth’s wish as well.  


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Elizabeth Silva
July 19th, 2022

Thank you for the messages left. It keeps Ian close. I miss him very much.

Duane Hansen
July 15th, 2022

I will see you up there Inn. it’s your old bro Duane.
I love you.Your a great guy. and I will miss you.
But I know I will see you again.Anyways my condolences to your family.
Also I just want to tell you all that Inn was a guy that didn’t have any flaws.
If any body gets a free ticket for heaven, it would be Inn for sure.
Just look at the guy. ( love you Inn)
Your friend Duane. ( forever)

Jason Krause
July 13th, 2022

It’s been years since I’ve seen or even heard anything from my friend that I looked up to growing up. I’ll always remember and never forget his generosity and his friendship during our younger years growing into young men in Surrey B. C. All my condolences to his family. I couldn’t count all the best time’s of my youth with my old friend.

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