Wayne Gilbank

Wayne Gilbank

Thursday, July 17th, 1941 - Saturday, February 8th, 2020
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Wayne Gilbank passed away peacefully on Saturday February 8, 2020 at his home in Collingwood in his 79th year. Wayne, beloved husband of the late Pauline Gilbank (2010). Loving father of Jennifer and her husband Robert McLean and Kristine and her husband Patrick O’Brien. Dear brother of Cheryl and her husband Doug Blakey. Cherished grandfather of Holly, Katie, Sarah, and Grace McLean and Andrew, Sydney, Emily and Tucker O’Brien. Wayne is survived also by his dear friend Susan Woolsey of Collingwood. A Celebration of Wayne’s Life will be held at a later date in Spring 2020 at First Presbyterian Church. Interment to take place at First Presbyterian Cemetery, Collingwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to First Presbyterian Church or St. Elizabeth’s Health Care in Mr. Gilbank’s memory.
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    First Presbyterian Church
    200 Maple Street
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    Service will be held in the spring.
  • Interment

    First Presbyterian Cemetery
    Poplar Sideroad
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    Spring Interment


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Paul Markwick

Posted at 02:56pm
Condolences to the this the Wayne Gilbank that I knew about 60 years ago, working on the Pinetree Line??
Paul Markwick...

Susan Woolsey Posted at 11:35am

yes that is Wayne. We have heard many stories of his time on the Pinetree Line.

Greta Horton

Posted at 02:16pm
To Wayne’s Family: I was saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne recently. I knew Wayne from our growing up years in
Collingwood. Wayne was a very kind and caring individual and I’m sure he carried on those attributes throughout his adult life. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear family member.

Greta Horton (nee Johnson)

Pamela Braid-Watkins

Posted at 09:30am
So very sorry to hear about Wayne’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of both Pauline and Wayne in the corvette club. Our sincere condolences to all the family. Love Tony and Pam Watkins

Kent Weale

Posted at 01:52pm
We shared a 50-year connection bantering about which ‘66 Corvette was faster - a red one or a silver one. The only thing we agreed on was they were both faster than any other colour.
Wayne was a true gentleman and fun to be with. We always appreciated each other’s friendship and support. We will miss him tremendously.
Kent and Sydney

John Kay

Posted at 12:29pm
I first met Wayne in 1946 when we both lived on Maple Street, I was four and he so much older at five. I remember Easter of 1947 when I was jealous of the large chocolate Easter Bunny he got but when he gave me a piece of it I discovered that I did not like the taste of chocolate and never ate it again if I could help it. That summer we played in the street, ate ice from the ice wagon and made sand castles in his backyard but he soon moved far away, well Oak street seemed far away from Victory Village to me at the time. A year or so later we moved to Beach Street and he and I connected again at King George School. Through public school and high school he was always a year ahead but we were always friends. In high school Wayne was in large part responsible for the idea of a "shack" in the woods that we could use to hunt from (yes we all had guns of one sort or another), the Shack soon turned into a safe haven for all sorts of goings on as we moved through our teens. Wayne was also the one who decided we should join the air cadets .. in Barrie, creating many more great memories of travels to and fro good weather or bad. Wayne was the first of our group to walk down the aisle, with the beautiful Pauline. His was also the first "stag" which set a standard we never quite reached again. So many memories tumble through your mind, one recent one was of a sunny afternoon we spent last summer on Susan's back deck. Old times and good times were recounted that afternoon, I think that the companionship that day will be the memory I most cherish from our long friendship. Goodbye pal and thanks for the friendship. John

Tim Morris Posted at 04:11pm

I met Wayne through the Corvette Club of Ontario in 1970. One of the nicest, considerate people I've had the good fortune to meet. Throughout the 70s we would touch base at the various events and I always looked forward to our chats. He was a voice of reason. Godspeed Wayne. Tim

Greta Horton Posted at 02:22pm

Thank you, John, for sharing all those wonderful memories of Wayne and yourself. I remember Wayne being in the Air Cadets.

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