Patricia Florence Gilchrist

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Patricia Florence Gilchrist

March 9, 1930 - May 29, 2021

Sadly, these words will advise all of my Patsy’s friends that my life-long and dearest companion of seventy-four years has departed..... my best friend has gone and my heart is broken.
Our son Steven and daughters Peggy and Patti join me in expressing their sorrow at the loss of their wonderful and caring mother whose love surrounded them all their lives. Pat’s four grandchildren, Craig, Steve, Dallas and Dakota and four great-grandchildren, Elliott, Maisy, Charlie and Abigail were the latest joys of her life and her strong and determined spirit served her to the end, as did the love, care and attention given to her by her devoted family.
Friends, I can’t let her go without acknowledging and thanking her for the love and high standards she gave to us her whole life. I met Pat on her seventeenth birthday, when her career as a model and fashion designer had just begun. Her high standards in design carried on in dressmaking, sewing and everything else. Only the best would ever do, whether in sewing, knitting, cooking or caring for her family. She raised, clothed, guided and protected her kids through their early years and a dozen family moves from Toronto to Peterborough, to Bradford, to Calgary, to Summerside, P.E.I., back to Toronto and finally to Cobourg, where she and I will spend eternity, together.
As one of six sisters, her beautiful, extended family was something she cherished deeply, as she did with her dozen high school friends, many still going after three-quarters of a century together.
How could we ever forget such a beautiful, caring and accomplished person?
All I can do now is offer my heartfelt thanks to the loveliest person I have ever known and who will live in my heart forever.

An Ode of Love to my Patricia

I have walked the streets of heaven, drunk the wine of happiness,
Lived a life of sweet fulfillment; had a measure of success,
But of all my memory’s treasures that I’ve captured in my life,
None can match the love and happiness given to me by my wife.

With our time together nearly gone and I reflect on all we’ve done,
This finest land from coast to coast has always been our happy home.
Three loving kids have come our way, two daughters and a son,
We’ve cherished every day with them and deeply loved each one.

And as eternity consumes the years until the end of time,
We have shared our tiny measure of eternity sublime,
While Forever is a long, long time, my heart does not despair,
We have loved each other deeply and our love will still be there.

To you, my sweetheart, with my deep and enduring devotion,


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Stella Pitcher - June 14, 2021

Condolences to the Gilchrist family. Gord such a wonderful tribute to your lovely wife'Pat'. I will always remember Pat as a true lady , one who was as beautiful inside as she was outside. Trust that you are well , Gord. Take care and God Bless.

Elizabeth Warburton - June 9, 2021

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this time. The pain of your loss will diminish but the good times will remain forever. Betty & Ted Warburton.

Sara Jo & Cody Sanders - June 7, 2021

Our deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire Gilchrist family for your loss. We are sending our love and strength from Florida and wish we could be there in person for you all. Please know that our thoughts are with you during this tough time. <3

Gordon - June 7, 2021

On behalf of the Gilchrist family and myself, may I offer heartfelt thanks to all the kind and thoughtful folk who expressed such lovely thoughts and condolences about my dear Patricia, the love of my life. Your remarks have greatly helped to ease the pain of our deeply felt loss.

Angela Lloyd - June 6, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family. There are no words that can truly express such a loss. Please know, you and your family are in my thoughts, as you face these sorrowful times. Pat was truly an amazing lady, will always continue to be. 💖

Rose Kitney - June 6, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to the Gilchrist family in the loss of a dear spouse, loving mother and grandmother. Pat was always so gracious and caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Gord. Sincerely, Rose and Paul Kitney

Joe and Gloria Tompkins - June 6, 2021

Dear Gord: We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Through our work with you, we felt like we knew Pat as you fondly spoke of her steadfast commitment to you and your family. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and remembrance. Sincerely, Joe and Gloria

Jennifer Leclerc - June 6, 2021

Dear Gord There are no words to express my love and deepest sympathies as this time to you are your family. I know too well Pat was your rock and love of your life. Prayers, warm thoughts and deepest condolensces.

Jaine Klassen Jeninga - June 6, 2021

I am so very sorry to read about Pat's passing. I so admired her. She was kind and caring and an honour to know. My deepest sympathies to you, Gord, Steven, Patti and Peggy. Jaine Klassen Jeninga

Gail Bailey - June 6, 2021

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Your words clearly show your incredible love of Pat. Gail Bailey (Betty and Ralph's daughter).

Paul & Sandra Hellyer - June 5, 2021

Paul & I send our deep condolences to the whole family. Pat was indeed an outstanding lady, it was a pleasure to know her - we enjoyed her company on the few occasions when our paths crossed.

Christa Nemisz - June 4, 2021

My condolences to you Gord and the family. She was a very sweet person who always made us feel welcome. She will be deeply missed. My thoughts are with you during this time ♥️

Chris Bainbridge - June 4, 2021

So so sorry for your loss You will always have her in your heart

Monica munn - June 4, 2021

Your family has a special place in my heart and I’m saddened to learn of your sorrow. She will be missed because she was such a gift to you and to all of us. May you find peace and strength in the coming days.

Diane Harm - June 4, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Jaye Stechey - June 3, 2021

Dearest Peggy, Gord and family, Deepest sympathy on the loss of your dear Pat. I am thinking of you all with love, and hoping that you are able to cherish the wonderful memories forever. Peg, I remember your dear Mom as a beautiful, caring, generous woman - a true bright light. Hugs. Jaye

Giselle Philp - June 3, 2021

Mrs. Gilchrist had eyes that matched her beautiful smile. With one look you felt like you had known her for years. A warm soul and heartfelt laugh that truly will be missed. My deepest condolences to the Gilchrist and Race families. Sincerely, Giselle

Joan Gray - June 3, 2021

So sorry for your loss Such a caring wonderful person Rest in peace

To the Gilchrist family, - June 3, 2021

Sorry to hear of the passing of Pat. She was a remarkable woman. My thoughts are with you through this sad time. Karen Vandermeer

Linda Sedgwick Girard - June 2, 2021

Peggy and family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. She will be remembered as a strong, confidant, happy , generous and beautiful women. Sincerely Charlie &Linda

Shelley Towns-Newton - June 2, 2021

Thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time Shelley

Beverley Clark - June 2, 2021

Patti , I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mom. I know how close you were and how much family meant to your mom. My condolences to you and your family. May your loving memories help you through these tough times. ❤️

Lois-Anne Johns - June 2, 2021

I'm so sorry to hear of patsys passing. I was so looking forward to seeing her again at rug hooking. I will miss her very much. Lois anne johns

Barry Wood - June 1, 2021

If tears could build a staircase and memories a lane I’d walk right up to heaven and bring you home again! Thinking of you all at this tough time!

Peggy Race Barone - June 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

SickKids Foundation

Peggy Race Barone - June 1, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Al Matthews and Sheila Knight - June 1, 2021

Dear Gordon and family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Pat. A much loved anchor in your family. Pat was a beautiful soul and a strength to everyone. We are deeply saddened by her passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Al and Sheila

Nancy Crapper - June 1, 2021

A beautiful heartfelt tribute to a beautiful lady. I knew Pat only through our Northumberland rughooking group, but her warmth, spontaneity & welcoming nature made every meeting special. I am deeply saddened to learn of her passing.

Barbara Oke - June 1, 2021

Patti. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bill MacDonald - June 1, 2021

Gord, Patti Peggy and Steven I would like to offer my deepest sympathies on your loss. Pat was a gracious lady. It was always a joy to meet her. She clearly loved her family and was Gord's biggest and proudest supporter. She will be missed but I hope that you find peace in your memories of her.

Helen Porter-Caron - June 1, 2021

So very sorry for your loss l did not know Patricia well but she was Peggy's mom and she was always a delight to serve and talk to on her visits to Metro our chats were usually about her beautiful ring which lm sure l noticed the first time l served her Sending Angels and Hugs 💞

Dan Harp - June 1, 2021

Dear Gord and family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies and condolences. I am grateful for having the opportunity to meet Pat, your true love story and memories are beautiful. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely, Dan Harp

Debbie and Francis Hay - June 1, 2021

What a beautiful send off !!! Our thought and prayers goes out to Gord and to the family. Pat will be truly missed. She always had kind words. There just are no words to say how we truly feel. Pat truly did leave lasting memories. God bless and take care of her until you met again.

Carol Rolph - May 31, 2021

My thoughts are with Pat's family at this sad time. I met this beautiful lady through rug hooking and as Gord said everything she did was of the highest standard. Despite years of health issues, she was one of the most gracious, optomistic and happiest persons I have known. May your memories eventually bring you peace.

Christa and Brian - May 31, 2021

Our hearts go out to you and family. Blessings

Forrest Rowden - May 31, 2021

Gord and family, My condolences go out to you, I know how you feel I have been there. God be with you and I know how wonderful your wife was. Forrest

Carol Ann Heffernan - May 31, 2021

Dear Patti and all of your family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of your mother, wife, gramma and all the other roles she portrayed in her life! I am so grateful for the opportunity to know her! She will be deeply missed 💔 Most sincerely, Carol Ann & Tom Heffernan

Deb and Barry Bird - May 31, 2021

Dear Gord, Steven, Peggy, and Patti we are deeply saddened by loss of one of the loveliest ladies we have had the pleasure to know for so many years. We cherish so many fond memories we had with you and Pat during your racing years. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Deb and Barry

Marion McComb - May 31, 2021

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Pat. She was a lovely, beautiful, caring woman! She will be deeply missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have met her.

Doreen Curtis - May 31, 2021

Please accept my sympathy on the loss of Pat. It was a privilege to know her.