Eileen Gilmer

Eileen Gilmer

Friday, April 22nd, 1927 - Saturday, April 24th, 2021
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Our family is truly thankful for a life well lived as we announce the passing of Eileen Mary Gilmer (Rodford), peacefully at Brockville General Hospital, in her 95th year on April 24th, 2021. Eileen was born on April 22, 1927 to Angus and Florence (Kearns) Rodford.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley John Gilmer. She is survived by her children Karen Ince (Alan), Sheldon Gilmer (Stephanie) and Merle Laird (Grant).

She was a proud grandmother to Christopher, Jessica, Allison, Andrew, Kimia, Courtney and Connor, and step-grandmother to Richard, Susan, Stacia, Joel, Lisa, Eva, Hannah, Rachel and Moriah.

She was the adored great-grandmother to her great grandchildren, Ava, Laela, Poppy, Lilah, Meea, Lola, Chloe, Jasmine, Savannah, Evan, Emily, Sebastian, Benjamin, Andrew, Nikki, Robert, Maverick, Axel, Jeremy, Christian, Jordan, and Austin.

Eileen had a rich faith in Jesus Christ which sustained her through life’s trials. She was a long-time member of South Gower Baptist Church and later when she moved to Brockville, of First Baptist Church. She inspired hope, perseverance, and love. She was fiercely proud of her children and she was our teacher right up to her last day. She was a lifelong learner and roused courage and purpose in all who knew her. She said that she would never live long enough to do all that she wanted to do in life.

Gardening was a passion for Eileen, and it kept her moving and motivated. Her backyard was fit for any magazine cover. Her flowers are in many flower beds around the country including being used by the city of Guelph.

For most of her life, Eileen worked in the healthcare field. She was also trained as a hairdresser and a cake decorator. Her interests were many and included anything history related, sewing, cooking and travel. She travelled extensively throughout North America, often on bus trips with good friends. She also travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo and spent her 80th birthday at Disney in Florida.

As in Proverbs 31, her children truly called her “blessed”.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of the Irvine Funeral Home, 4 James Street East, Brockville (613-342-2828) where visitation was held on Thursday, April 29th.

Due to COVID limitations, the celebration of life (after visitation) was attended by family only with interment at South Gower Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the First Baptist Church will be gratefully acknowledged.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Thursday, April 29th, 2021 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel
    4 James Street East
    Brockville, ON K6V 1J9
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Donations are being accepted for: First Baptist Church.


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Joyce Bova

Posted at 11:07am
So sorry to hear of Eileen's passing. She lived a full and productive life and will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Joyce Bova

Lela Showell

Posted at 04:53pm
My deepest sympathy Sheldon, Stephanie, Karen and Merle. She left a large family and friends with happy memories. Lela and family.

Beth Scott

Posted at 11:11am
Karen, sending condolences to you and family. I am so sorry to learn of Eileen's passing. Most certainly a life well lived. She also leaves her beautiful garden for all to enjoy.

Laura MacAfee

Posted at 07:44am
Eileen made the best fancy squares ever and her blueberry cheesecake was a very popular treat at our potluck dinners or our ladies meetings. She was a true prayer warrior and always concerned about those who needed support. We will cherish our wonderful memories of your impact at First Baptist .
Laura MacAfee

Jo-Anne Hanley

Posted at 05:39pm
Karen, I was saddened to hear that your mother passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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