Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Gail Degroot

August 10, 1945March 1, 2020

Gail will be terribly missed by her son, David and his wife Kathleen, her beloved grandchildren Jack and Isla (Ottawa), and her daughter, Amy (Toronto). She is predeceased by her parents Betty and Bill McInnis and her sister Susan. Gail called many places home over her lifetime, but truly settled in Windsor in 1994. Enlivened by this wonderful community, she spent countless hours working to make Windsor an even better place, including time on various committees for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, and as well as a public board member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Her favourite public service was serving as a Citizenship Court Judge, welcoming new Canadians to southwestern Ontario for many years. We would like to thank all of her dedicated doctors, nurses and support staff in the Palliative Care Unit of the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital, and most especially her great friend Susan Monteleone, for the compassionate and loving care since Gail’s diagnosis. Gail’s life will be celebrated at a ceremony in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or Transition 2 Betterness (a wonderful organization that provided incredible comfort to Gail). Arrangements entrusted to Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre (519-252-5711).


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Transition to Betterness (T2B)

March 9, 2020

On behalf of Transition to Betterness (T2B), we would like to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Gail Degroot. Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time.
Warmest Regards,
The T2B family

Joseph Monteleone

March 7, 2020

I will miss your friendship, the cookies you always brought me and I will miss the weekend wine runs in the county together. My sincerest condolences go out to Amy and David and the entire family. Know that she loved you all very much .

Nancy White

March 6, 2020

I am very sad to see Gail has passed away.....I have known her for many years and had the pleasure of having lunch with her and Amy a few years ago......I have been thinking of her a lot and am sad she has gone......To David and Amy...you have lost a treasure.....Rest in Peace Gail....

Al Teshuba

March 6, 2020

Gail and I worked great together in 2004 during the Jordan Katz campaign, and again 2years later for my campaign.
Always full of great ideas and passion for our Conservative Party and advancement, for many many years.
Smart, funny and caring.
Gail will be very fondly remembered.
Sincerest condolences to all family and friends.

Pam Baksi

March 6, 2020

Even at my very first cursory meeting with Gail in her role as Citizenship Judge she impressed me. To my good fortune our lives intersected these past few years through our book club. I discovered Gail to be an exceptional woman, both interesting and interested. Her passing is a loss to all who knew her. May she rest in peace.

Jane Gollmer

March 6, 2020

Gail, my smart, funny, brave and beautiful friend. What an impact you had on everyone you met! You did not simply leave your mark on our world, you challenged us all to live up to your high standards. You were always there for those lucky people you loved. You set a high bar for our precious book club and your character and input will be sorely missed. You fought your illness head on, with great courage and tenacity. Be at peace, my dear friend, you have earned it!

Susan Monteleone

March 5, 2020

Gail was like the sister I never had. She was a strong and compassionate woman who was admired and loved by all who knew her. I will miss our shopping trips, our weekly dinners and our long talks. We laughed and we cried together. She loved talking about her family who were the most important thing in the world to her. She will never be forgotten.

Martha Mackintosh

March 5, 2020

My dear friend Gail. I miss you. You always encouraged me to be a better person such as going to Scotland with you and learning to paint. My deepest sympathies to Amy, David, Kathleen, Jack and Isla.