Harry Edwin Gauthier

September 17, 1918September 11, 2010

September 17, 1918 ~ September 11, 2010

Ed passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 11 at Abbotsford Regional Hospital at 91 years of age. He is predeceased by his wife Josephine and his 4 brothers, Joe, Jack, Lorne, and Bob. He was born in St. Vital, Manitoba, a district of Winnipeg, and lived a full life. After serving his country in the WWII, he moved to British Columbia and lived and worked all around the province, finally settling down when he married his wife Josephine in 1975. He is survived by his 2 step children Leslie Schaap and Terry (Heike) Stammers; grandchildren Amanda, Ryan, Nory, and Brianna; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and dear family friends. Many thanks to the nurses & staff at Abbotsford Hospital Palliative Care. A memorial Service will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford on Friday, September 17 at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 17, 2010

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Michael BW

September 19, 2010

Michael BW

September 19, 2010

I write this tribute to Harry Edwin Gauthier,
Although, I did not personally know you Mr. Gauthier, I know you through your precious beloved daughter Leslie.
It is in the knowledge and experience of her that I have come to know you dear Sir to be a fine gentleman. Albeit, I did not attain the circumstance or privilege to attend the ceremony of your last rights, in my heart I was there, for it was and continues to be a great privilege to know there is and was such a man as you who dwelled upon this earth. You gave beyond the ordinary, and you lived the fullness of your heart with devout loyalty and firm resolve to be and do what Almighty God expects of each and every one of us.
I have sensed within your daughter’s heart the greatness of your esteemed fatherhood. You are so dearly loved and truly appreciated. You have done greatness in this life through all your brave and courageous actions, deeds and generous loving kindnesses, and you have given and bestowed honour and a great privilege to all whom have known you.
It is certain that the gates of heaven opened wide with the most exalting and triumphant welcome resounding throughout the heavens announcing your arrival.
I am sure Almighty God, and in His Heart Jesus Christ received you and donned upon your proud shoulder the purest and strongest of angelic wings with which to soar throughout eternity with your beloved wife Josephine at your side, flying and sailing gloriously into the eternal sea of love. You Sir, have earned and attained what we all aspire in this life and beyond into eternity to have.
God Bless Your Beautiful Heart and Soul.

A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
Phillips Brooks
1835 – 1893

Michael BW

September 18, 2010

In loving memory of my dear friend "Ed" Gauthier - written by Kay Ellingson

On this day, 17th September 92 years ago God gave life to my dear friend Ed and allowed him to live a very long and productive life - there is not a person who, having known Ed could help but love his kindness, caring, patience, and out going ways. To listen as he spoke of the "War" and his travels Worldwide and the experiences he had with his brothers and then later in life, his loving wife, you just knew your life would never be the same because he made an impact on everyone's life.
I have lived well into 25 years in Paradise Park in Abbotsford and knew both he and his brother Joe since they moved here.
After Joe's passing, Ed and I seemed to chat often and thus became good friends. My coffee mug, honey and coffee were always on the "top shelf" in the kitchen and when I was needing someone to share my 'stuff'' with I'd call and he'd always say "come over and we'll talk'.
Even in the later months when his suffering was beyond relief, he would always call me and say "how are you, how is your foot, are you walking okay today". He cared so much about others.
I must mention his next door neighbor "Margaret" who was very devoted to him and never missed a day caring for 'dear Ed' right up until he entered the hospital for the final days. May God Bless her for her time and devotion.
The most wonderful experience was allowed me two weeks ago just after he was admitted to hospital - I did not visit for a few days and he asked Leslie "how come Kay hasn't come to see me - is she still praying for me?"
Leslie phoned me that evening and told me this so I said yes, I will always pray for him. He knew I was a praying person - for the many years I knew him I always shared 'my life' and experiences with him, never once being backward about telling him about praying for people and the like - he never seemed to mind and would often say "I guess you will have to pray about this" (or whatever the problem was). I was so honored that he had asked me to come so when I arrived on the Wednesday at noon, the nurse had just given him more medication and when I came into the room he acknowledged me and I gave him a smooch on the forehead and asked him if he still wanted me to pray with him. He immediately said 'yes, okay'.
I took his hand and he actually leaned forward and bowed his head as I said a brief prayer - when I finished asking God to to pick him up in his arms and hold him and relieve him of the pain, to forgive us of our sins and come and live in our hearts. I said Amen, and he likewise. I left shortly afterwards but felt that yes, I had done that which he wished and I knew the rest was up to God.
We never know how our words and actions affect those we are in company with, but know for sure that yes, we do make a difference.
Yes, Ed made a difference in my life, he was my dear friend, I miss him so very much but my heart is happy that the only thing I could do for him and his loving family is pray for them, help where I could and now I wish them all the best possible recovery to a somewhat normal life. Life will be very different without dear Ed, but let us not cry for him, he would want us to laugh, be happy and be thankful that he has gone to be with God and his brothers and loving wife. Let's be happy for him.
Just a brief prayer for the family: Dear God, I pray from the bottom of my heart that you will put your arms of love around Leslie, Terry and the entire family that dear Ed has left behind - help them to join together closer than ever and continue their journey through life knowing that they shared the love and caring of a wonderful precious man. Be with them in a very special way, I will continue to remember you all in my daily prayers. God's blessings be yours. Have a happy heart. Think of Ed - give yourself a hug and on we go.
Bye for now - Kay Ellingson


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