Gilroy, Charles Lewis

GILROY – A well known local merchant Charles Lewis Gilroy died in the Brooks Health Centre on November 10, 1988 at the age 79 years.

He was born on May 27, 1909 in the the farming district of the Swan River Valley, Minitonas Manitoba to William Lewis Gilroy and Augusta Kudob.

He attended school in Minitonas and Winnipeg graduating in 1926. Returning to Winnipeg he attended business school there and was employed by the Hudson Bay Company and moved to Edmonton and joined the T. Eaton Co. office staff later becoming assistant department manager.

He married the former Ruth Sharpe on May 14, 1932.

In 1942 he became an employee of the U.S. Government as dispatch manager in Edmonton and Prince Rupert for supplies and trucks in the building of the Alcan (Alaska) Highway until 1944. At this time he became a travelling salesman for a wholesale company selling mens and ladies wear, later representing six companies selling in the western provinces and the U.S.

In 1949 the family moved to Brooks where Charlie and his wife Ruth owned and operated a ladies wear store, Carol’s Fashions until retiring in 1976.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter in 1943 and his wife Ruth in 1984.

Surviving are a son Gordon and his wife Elfie Gilroy of Calgary, three daughters, Carol and her husband Ron Anderson of Brooks, Lorraine Woltman of Vancouver and Hazel Macibrouski of Edmonton, seven grandchildren and three great-granddaughters, his eldest sister Pearl Walker of Brooks and Bertha Love of Williams Lake, B.C., three brothers Gordon of Sudbury Ontario, Lewis of Victoria of B.C. and Seymour of Parksville, B.C. and  numerous nieces, nephew and cousins.

Funeral service was held on Monday, November 14 at 2 p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Rick Bergh officiating. Interment followed in Brooks Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kermith Anderson, Cal Christensen. Jock Airth, Bob Young, Rick Fleury and Gerry Woltman.

If friends desire memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.

Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.