It is with profound sadness that the family of Gilbert (Gib) Arthur Falloon announce his sudden passing on October 7, 2021 at the age of 93 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Arlene; his three daughters: Lesley (Stan) Leverington, Cindy Falloon, Shelley (Martin) Read; his grandchildren: Derek (Roslyn) Leverington, Kirk (Tina) Leverington, Deidre Haley, Melissa (Cecilio Pichardo) Haley and Michelle (Robert Knox) Haley, Kanda and Chris Read; his great grandchildren: Maya, Jaye, Coen, Chloe, Mikayla, Sophie and George; great great grandchildren: Everleigh and Jace; sisters Ruth Friesen and Marilyn Rodgers; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents Mildred and Herb, his brothers Cliff, George, Jim, Vic, Harold, sisters Jean, Violet, Pansy, Ethel, and Ilene.
Gib was born on the family homestead in Strasbourg, SK on June 15, 1928. He was the eleventh of thirteen children and the youngest son. The Falloon’s moved to homestead in Smeaton, SK in 1930, which is where Gib remained for most of his life.
Gib was a man of humble beginnings; hard work and determination were qualities adopted at an early age. He and his brother would haul ice, wood and water daily for the locals in Smeaton earning twenty five cents a day. As a young man he ventured to the Yukon and northern BC to work in the logging industry during the winters, returning every spring to farm with his brothers. He met and married the love of his life, Arlene Lowe of Nipawin, when she began nursing at the Smeaton Hospital. They settled at Smeaton, he continued farming, and operated a CAT to help build the historic Hanson Lake road. For a number of years, Gib would also work the graveyard shift driving pulp truck semi, hauling from various camps north on the Hanson Lake Road to the Prince Albert pulp mill.
Gib enriched the lives of those around him, and will be remembered for his kind and easy going nature, quick wit and sense of humour. He had a knack for cracking jokes, telling tall tales, and his contagious smile would light up the room. His strength, his ability to fix anything and his talent restoring old farm equipment was legendary. He was an avid gardener and shared his bumper crop of potatoes with family, friends, and the North Haven care home. He was an excellent metal fabricator, welder and woodturner, gifting family and friends with his beautiful wood creations and metal sculptures. He was a great mentor to his children, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and others who were like family, teaching his skills and instilling a work ethic they have carried on to this day. He continued working up until the year he turned 90, being employed as farm help by his good friend and neighbour. He was a long time volunteer for the Aldergrove cemetery and will be remembered by the arched sign over the gates which he fabricated.
In honour of Gib’s wishes, no funeral will be held. A private gathering will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the Aldergrove Cemetery c/o Smeaton Village Office, Box 70, Smeaton SK S0J 2J0.