Gilbert CURRIE – JOHNSON

CURRIE – JOHNSON Gilbert. Born 1918-07-05, passed away peacefully on July 18th, 2012, leaving his body to science. He was born in Shoal Lake, Man. and raised in southern Manitoba. After a brief stint as a school teacher, he obtained his B.A. at United College, Winnipeg in 1941. After training pilots in the RCAF during World War II, he returned to United College and obtained his B.D. in 1947. Like his father he served as a United Church minister, first in Norway House, then Enderby, Haney, and Fernie before moving into teaching in Salmon Arm and Abbotsford. His happiest times were at Mabel Lake with his wife and family. He is survived by his eight sons: Jerry (Dominique), Leagh (Margaret), James (Carolyn), Daniel, Murray (Lois), David, Paul, and Glenn (Debbie). Also by grandchildren and great-grand- children: Leticia (Joel; Rory and Riley), Alicia, and Tristan (Yoshiko; Layla and Elena). Also survived by his sister-in-law, Pat. He was predeceased by his four siblings and their spouses, and by his wife, Mildred, in 2003.

Gil had a constantly inquiring mind, but was an activist at heart, whether in the pulpit, classroom, or on the street. He was a passionate advocate for social justice issues including human rights, religious tolerance, and the perverse effects of the war on drugs. After retirement, he helped build a school in the Honduras and bear witness to troubles in El Salvador.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” IITim4:7

There will be a memorial service at Trinity Memorial United Church, 33737 George Ferguson Way, Abbotsford at 11am on August 15th.