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Gary John Kilpatrick

June 29, 1943 - June 9, 2013


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Kilpatrick after a courageous bout with cancer. Gary passed from us on June 09, 2013, at the age of 69.
Gary was a well known sportsman, entrepreneur, and mining advocate.
Gary spent his youth in Nelson, and left Nelson at the age of 15 to play Junior Hockey in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Following a successful Junior career he went on to play professional hockey for 10 years in St. Louis, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland. He finally ended his hockey career playing senior hockey in Cranbrook and Nelson. After hockey, Gary and his brother Alan purchased and ran the Savoy Hotel and made it into a very successful business. After leaving the hotel business, Gary turned his interests to the mining industry and worked on various projects in Venezuela, Panama, and Belize.
Gary was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed working on the grounds and flower beds at his home.
Gary was pre-deceased by his parents, Jack and Dorothy, and his brother Alan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pamela. Children Brent (Rachel), Greg (Joleen), and Shelley (Tim). Grandchildren Riley, Brady, Jaycee, Quin, and Seth.
The family would like to thanks Doctors Malpass and McKechnie, and the nursing staff at the Chemo ward for their kindness during Gary’s illness
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:
The Canadian Cancer Society, 565 10th Ave, West Vancouver, V5Z 9Z9 or The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1.
There will be no formal memorial service at the request of the family. A private celebration of Gary’s life will be held with the family members and close friends.



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: john eggleton
Relation: Long time respected friend.

Pam, I’m very saddened by your loss and our loss of a big part of the Nelson community. I extend sincere condolences to your children and their families. Gary’s friendship and camaraderie I cherished when visiting Nelson and I will sincerely miss those times and special sharings. Gary was my friend and I will never forget him. Forever and Always. John Eggleton, Richmond BC.

From: Deb Maximick
Relation: long time friends

Pam, Brent, Greg, Shelley and families. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.

Deb (Maximick) and Mike Brent

From: Ted & Torrey Allen
Relation: friend

Dear Pam. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Ted & Torrey

From: Clive E. Shallow
Relation: Waterfront Mining Group

Always and for ever an inspiration Gary!

From: Susan Maximick
Relation: friend

Sorry for you’re loss..Prayers and thoughts are going out to Pam and family

From: Greg and Sandy Munch
Relation: Knew the family for many years

Dear Pam and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.

From: Stewart Enderton
Relation: friend

Hello Pam. I was shocked and saddened to read about Gary. I knew he wasn’t well but I hadn’t anticipated anything like this. He will be missed by many more than your family.Hugs and condolences to you and your family. Stewart

From: Greg Hawkins
Relation: Friend associate

Good memories of work and play on the golf course and in Canada and Venezuela. Always a good outlook.

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

The Canadian Cancer Society
565 10th Ave West
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 9Z9


The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation
3 View Street
Nelson, BC
V1L 2V1


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