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Gavin, Neil Gardner

February 17, 1933 - April 11, 2017


It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved father and friend, Neil Gavin on April 11th, 2017 at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, BC.

Neil Gardner Gavin was born on February 17th, 1933 in Kamloops, BC to parents Pearl and Samual Gavin. Neil was the eldest of four children.

Neil was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifelong legion member of Branch 51 in Nelson and served as President at Branch 217 in Salmo for over a decade. Neil enjoyed spending time with the youth in our community, assisting with the Sea Cadets for many years. Neil was a man of faith and served as Major with the Salvation Army.

Neil was quite an outdoors man and enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, fishing, camping and riding his motorcycle on the windy highways that surround Nelson.

This past February, Neil and the love of his life Fay celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Left behind to mourn his passing is wife Fay, beloved children Cindy and Jamie, siblings Marshal Gavin, Del Mankie and nephew and best bud Lorne Swazye as well as numerous extended family and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, son Sam and two sisters, Vivian and Dot.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 27th from 1:00pm -4:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 51, 402 Victoria Street, Nelson, BC.


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

From: Joan Billett
Relation: I was the telephone operator for the BC Gov't when Neil worked there

Fay & family I am so sorry to read of Neil’s passing. I will be unable to attend the celebration of life as I will be in Nova Scotia

From: Linda Kuzyk
Relation: Former neighbor

Dear Fay, Cindy & Jamie. Was sad to hear that Neal passed away Many memories come to mind when thinking of our Gordon Road days. Neal was a wonderful man and always so friendly. All your wonderful memories will keep him close. With heartfelt sympathy.. The Kuzyk family.

From: Captain Rick Illingworth, CD, CIL-Air
Relation: I was the Air Cadet Commanding Officer when Neil was the Sea Cadet Commanding Officer

From a retired Air Cadet Officer to a retired Sea Cadet Officer, may you have fair winds and calm seas as you plot your new course.

From: Paige Anderson
Relation: Childhood friend of Jamie

Jamie, so sorry to read about your dad passing away. He was always pretty good to us bratty neighbourhood kids! Hugs to you, Cindy and your sweet mom.

From: jamie gavin
Relation: he was my father :)

thank you everyone… a lot of good memories for sure Linda and Paige! really hoping to see you this summer at our 30th grad reunion Paige <3

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
May 27, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 51
402 Victoria Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L 4K5

402 Victoria Street
NELSON, BC Canada V1L 4K5

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