Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


Olav Kenneth Gilleshammer

May 24, 1940March 14, 2020

Olav Kenneth Gilleshammer died peacefully at Riverview Health Centre on March 14, 2020.

Ken is lovingly remembered by his wife Patricia and his children, Brian (Cheryl), Janet (Tristan) and Allen (Jennifer). Much loved by his five grandchildren Laura, Sarah, Jack, Chloe and Audrey. He will be missed by his brother Harold (Diana), and many loving brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Ken was born to Olav and Karly Gilleshammer and grew up in Erickson, Manitoba. When Ken was five his family moved to Norway, the birthplace of his parents, where they lived for a year before returning to Canada. He spent much of his youth at Riding Mountain National Park, a place he always loved. He started his career with Scotiabank in 1959 in Brandon, before being transferred to Calgary where he met Pat and where Brian, Janet and Allen were born. Ken spent the entirety of his career with Scotiabank, and retired in 2003 back in Brandon, where he had begun his career.

Ken’s love for his children and grandchildren was deep and devoted. He took tremendous interest in their lives. Ken had an unassuming steadiness on which his family depended. Ken enjoyed golfing, curling and watching his favourite sports, baseball and football.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank the Palliative Care team at Riverview, and Dr. Mark Elkin, for providing exceptional care to Ken.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Riverview Health Centre Foundation, One Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4.


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  • A gathering of family and friends to celebrate his life will be held at a later date.


Olav Kenneth Gilleshammer

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Wayne Harden

March 28, 2020

I knew Ken as a friend and colleague at Scotiabank. He worked very hard for the bank and for his clients in particular. He was quiet and determined as he pursued his work while always maintaining his sense of humour. My sympathies to Pat and family.

Kenneth Ellchuk

March 27, 2020

I remember the good times we got to know each other curling @ the bonspiel in Erickson , the many times , playing ball , it was a pleasure knowing Ken. "" Let us therefore come boldly of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need '''' Hebrews 4:16.

Ron Nelson

March 22, 2020

Remember Ken well having worked periodically with him. My condolences to the family.

Terry Bjornson

March 21, 2020

Working with Ken at Scotiabank was always a pleasure. I admired Ken’s soft spoken and courteous nature and his tenacity to help his customers. My sympathies to the family.

Allan & Glenda Romanow

March 20, 2020

So sad to learn of Ken’s passing. He was a great friend, from when we were roommates in Calgary back in 1963, and throughout our careers with Scotiabank. I will miss his phone calls. My sincere condolences to Pat and family.
Al Romanow

Jim & Meria Reicker

March 20, 2020

Pat, we were sad to hear about Ken's passing and send our condolences to you and all the family. We have fond memories of the times we were together, including your visit to Florida a few years ago. There is no easy way to lose a loved one. Our prayers are for you all. May Ken RIP.
Love, Jim & Meria

Rod & Hazel Stairs

March 19, 2020

We are thinking of you and your family------with our memories and continuing love and prayers.

Shirley White

March 18, 2020

So sorry to hear Pat. Wish we were handier to you. Loved it when you and Ken came to visit.

Valerie Barton

March 17, 2020

Pat and Family,
Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Sending you warm hugs from New Brunswick. May you cherish the wonderful memories of a loving husband, father and grandfather. Pat, I remember our visit to your beautiful home when Heather and I were driving across Canada on our way to Grande Prairie. You took us in for the night, fed us a delicious meal, gave us a comfortable place to sleep, and packed us lunches for our next day on the road. You and Ken were wonderful hosts. Wish you were closer so I could offer a hug in person. Please take care. Love, Valerie