Arthur Gerald Milligan (November 12, 1927 - February 28, 2014)

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  • "It was with great sadness to learn of Mr. Milligan's..."
    - Dann Konkin
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MILLIGAN, Arthur Gerald ("Gerry") November 12, 1927 - February 28, 2014 With heavy hearts, we said good-bye to Gerry on Friday, February 28th, 2014 at the age of 86. Always a vital man, he was challenged by health concerns over the last four years of his life, most recently cancer. To his final days, he demonstrated his tremendous will to live. Gerry is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Hazel, who was characteristically selfless in her devotion to his care. He was adored by his children: Maureen (Vance), Sandra (Dean), Dave (Kerry), daughter-in-law Lisé (Bob) and his seven grandchildren, Brian (Kasia), Jeremy (Megan), Russell (Laurel), Ryleigh, Brianna, Kaiden and Halle. Predeceased by his son, Captain Gerald Craig Milligan (April 12, 1984), it gives the family comfort to imagine them reunited. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Calgary, Gerry married Hazel (Robinson) on July 7th, 1951 and together they lived in Edmonton and Saskatoon before settling in North Vancouver in 1964. He had a long career with Firestone/Crown Tire and spent a few years as a realtor prior to full retirement. Family was always Gerry and Hazel's focus and their home was a joyous place. Gerry's sense of humour and gift for entertaining others was always on full display, whether he was giving his famous Tarzan call, doing impressions of James Bond or singing songs from his favourite artists. He had a lifelong passion for photography and golf. In 2000, Gerry and Hazel relocated to the Davis Bay area on the Sunshine Coast and enjoyed their daily walks along the sea wall, greeting new friends along the way. The family will celebrate his life with a private gathering to be arranged. In lieu of flowers, and if so desired, memorial tributes may be made to The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation in Sechelt. We would like to thank Dr. Jeannette Gibbons for her longstanding and gentle care, as well as all the dedicated nurses and medical staff at St. Mary's Hospital for making our husband, father and grandad as comfortable as possible.

Published in The North Shore News from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2014