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GILBART, John Wesley Gilbart   - 

June 2, 1939 (Stratford) – May 20, 2023 (Bowmanville)  


Our wonderful scholar has now left the classroom of life for the classroom of higher learning.  John passed away peacefully in Lakeridge Health Bowmanville.


Reunited with his parents, Elva (McClure) and Wesley Gilbart, and his brother Ron. He was very proud of and loved his family.  Center in his life were his wife Lilla, his daughters Sarah (Steven) Cooke and Melanie. 


Dear Grampa to Reagan, Olivia and Charlotte; brother-in-law to Jean (Joe) Narbonne; uncle to Doug (Kelly) Gilbart, Katherine (Rob) Narbonne-Mirchin, Joanna (Jason) Detamore; great-uncle to Ben, Logan; Ben, Chloe; and Abigail; grand-friend to Barb and Ron Cooke. 


John will be remembered by a host of extended family, many friends, colleagues and neighbours whose relationships were very special to him.


After graduating from Western with a B.A., (General Arts 1962) and then McMaster with an M.A. (History 1964), he worked in the Department of International Affairs in Ottawa.


A man of faith, John was a member of Central United (Stratford), then Humber crest UC (Toronto) where he was active for over thirty years involved in committee/presbytery work. 


When he moved to Bowmanville, he joined St. Paul’s UC and became a member of the Indigenous Circle of Friends and Advocates Committee.


While we so mourn the loss of this likeable man, his character, his great mind, his incredible memory and his ability to bring people together, we also recognize that he is at last free of pain, the struggle to walk, and in the end, the struggle with Cancer which he faced with much dignity and courage. 


John’s wish to make a tissue donation through the Trillium Gift of Life has been fulfilled.  His eyes will be used for research and training. 


Cremation has taken place.  Arrangements with Northcutt Elliott Funeral Home, 53 Division St., Bowmanville. Visitation on Thursday, June 1, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  A CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE will be held Saturday, June 3, 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church, 178 Church St. Bowmanville, followed by a reception at the church.


In memory of John, donations may be made to St. Paul’s United Church, 178 Church St., Bowmanville ON L1C 1T9 905-623-7361, Lakeridge Health Bowmanville Hospital Foundation, 47 Liberty St. S., Bowmanville ON L1C 2N4 905-623-3331 ext. 21881, Canadian Cancer Society, 55 St. Clair Ave. W., Ste. 500, Toronto ON M4V 2Y7 1-800-268-8874.