With great sadness but also a wealth of happy memories we say goodbye to Wilfred Frederic Keir Gervais.  Wilf passed away peacefully on Sunday evening with Mary Anne, his wife of 45 years, by his side. He was born in 1939 in Porcupine, Ontario to Wilfred and Mae Gervais and grew up in the area.

After attending Concordia University and the Ontario College of Education, Wilf taught in Schumacher, Ontario, Quesnel, BC, then moved to Victoria where he was a popular teacher at Mount Douglas Secondary and then at Belmont Secondary until he retired in 1999. Wilf was loved by his students who, even after his retirement, would approach him on the street to share their fond memories and good wishes. He started a blood donor clinic with his students at Belmont and gave his own rare blood type many times.

Wilf had a wonderful ear for music and a prodigious memory for poetry and song. He loved to travel and with Mary Anne visited China, Mexico, Hawaii, New Orleans, Western and Eastern Europe. He made two final trips to Italy in 2018 before Covid. He is survived by Mary Anne, his daughter Lena (Steve) and granddaughter Isabella, sister Patricia Hebert, and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his brother, Jacques.

Wilf’s joyful, gentle personality, the twinkle in his eye and his love of life made a positive difference on everyone who knew him.  Wilf will be forever missed by Mary Anne and all who loved him dearly.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • JO LEE MANSELL

    DEAREST MARY ANNE, LENA And FAMILY,

    Dearest Mary Anne —

    The pain now is part of
    the happiness then!

    My Love — Jo Lee Xxx

    ________

    Death is nothing at all

    I have only slipped away into the next room

    I am I and you are you

    Whatever we were to each other

    That we are still

    Call me by my old familiar name

    Speak to me in the easy way you always used

    Put no difference into your tone

    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow

    Laugh as we always laughed

    At the little jokes we always enjoyed together

    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me

    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was

    Let it be spoken without effort

    Without the ghost of a shadow in it

    Life means all that it ever meant

    It is the same as it ever was

    There is absolute unbroken continuity

    What is death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind

    Because I am out of sight?

    I am waiting for you for an interval

    Somewhere very near

    Just around the corner

    All is well.

    Nothing is past; nothing is lost

    One brief moment and all will be as it was before

    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

    Canon Henry Scott-Holland, 1847-1918, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

    Westminster, Grater London, UK
    _________________

  • Rose Barrow

    Mary Ann, Lena & Isobella
    My Condolences to you and your family.
    My thoughts are with you
    Rose Barrow

  • Lee Robinson

    Dear Mary Anne , Lena, Steve and Isabella
    So sorry to hear of Wilf’s passing. He certainly had a zest for life and what a wonderful story teller. He enriched many lives. Will be fondly remembered. You are in my thoughts and prayers Mary Anne and family.
    Condolences , Margaret Lee Robinson

  • Ray Lemire

    My condolences to you Mary Anne and your family.

  • Michael & Charlene Doody

    Dear MaryAnn, Lena & Family
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss
    We are thinking of you
    Our Prayers and our Thoughts are with You

  • John Amadio

    Dear MaryAnne and Lena and Family

    We are so sorry to hear of Wilf’s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.

    John and Sandy

  • Susan Amadio

    Dear MaryAnn, Lena, Steve and Isabella.
    So sorry to hear this sad news.
    We are thinking of all of you with heartfelt condolences.

    Susan and Lorraine

  • Chris and Terry Pawson

    So sorry to read about Wilf’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you, Zia, as well as Lena and family.

  • Carmela Auciello

    Dear MaryAnn and Lena, and family

    Sending you our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace. I hope you continue to feel surrounded by much love and peace.

    Love Sara, Carmy and family ❤️

  • Ruth Parisi

    Dear MaryAnne and Lena and family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

    Ruth and Joe

  • Ruth McCubbin

    Our heartfelt condolences to you and all your family, Lena.
    Cam and Ruth McCubbin

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