Arthur Gill

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Arthur Lindaw was born in Twillingate, Newfoundland on Friday, August 10, 1945 to parents William and Carman (Perry) Gill. He was the fifth oldest of thirteen children and followed older brothers Les, Harry, Harold, and David. In the years following Art’s arrival, the Gill family also welcomed Lloyd, Donald, William, George, Eddie, Gloria, Flora, and Eugene. The family resided in Botwood, on the edge of town, where Art attended public school. Art enjoyed many childhood adventures around town which often included collecting pop bottles for extra spending money. What would he buy with this extra cash? Well, tomatoes of course! Sadly, when Art was in his early teens, the Gill family experienced a devastating fire that damaged their family home. Art soon left school and began helping his father rebuild their home. He gained valuable knowledge and experience during this time and he soon began working for neighbours and other members of the community.

In June of 1963, Art followed in his brother’s footsteps and left Newfoundland, calling Ontario and Toronto home. He soon found work with Parker Bros. and later went on to work for Eatons, and Thompson Moving. In 1964, Art’s life would forever change when he caught the attention of his neighbour. Marie “Irene” Hachey lived across the road from Art in the same housing complex and she soon took a fancy to him. To say she was head over heels for Art may be a bit of an understatement as it is told she switched jobs to cross paths with him more and even walked to an earlier bus stop, just so that she was already on the bus when Art got on at their normal stop. This persistence worked, as Art soon began to sit with her regularly and in time their relationship blossomed. The young couple were married on Saturday, September 3, 1966 in Toronto and welcomed their daughter Suzanne the following month on October 24, 1966. Sadly, Art and Irene lost two stillborn children, their angels, in 1968 and 1972. However, together they grieved and continued forward. After several moves within the city, the Gill family moved to Bathhurst, N.B. in December of 1972 to help care for Irene’s ailing mother. Art found work with Day n’ Ross and remained there until their return to Toronto and the Downsview area in March of 1974, where Art found work with the TTC. Months later the Gill family welcomed their son, Michael, on June 5, 1974. Their family was complete!

By this time, Art found work at General Motors in Oshawa where he began as a spot welder. The family soon relocated to Oshawa. The year was 1975. Over the next thirty years, Art worked his way up the ranks retiring in 2004 as a machine operator. Art was not all work though. In fact, it was well known by co-workers that Art was usually the last person to arrive daily AND the first to leave… someone has to be, right? All joking aside, Art liked his time away from work. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with family and friends. In his younger years, he also enjoyed playing broomball. He also remained active doing home reno’s and helping family and friends whenever he could with their carpentry jobs. Camping was another favourite pastime for Art and Irene. In the mid-1980’s they began travelling to the Kawarthas for summer holidays and weekends away from the city. They came upon Cameron Lake and then Balsam Lake. They found their paradise, and Art would add that the fishing was really good too! 🙂 They soon called Kenhaven Trailer Park their summer home, where they spent countless times with friends and family. The Gills remained residents there until 2004 when they moved north, out of Oshawa, to be closer to their children.

Bowling was also an important aspect of Art and Irene’s life. In fact, Irene worked at the local bowling alley, Neb’s Funworld, and Art was just as active as a member. They took up the sport in 1977, and soon came to meet (and bowl) with another couple, Edward and Margaret Flagg. Through the years, countless friendships were made, and Art’s talents improved. In fact, he won a trip to the Dominican Republic by bowling and also was active as a member of the Ontario Durham 5-Pin Bowlers Association and NEB 5-Pin Bowlers Association. Away from the bowling alley, Art always kept up on his sports, particularly golf, baseball, and his beloved Maple Leafs. Let’s hope 2021 brings change and in the coming months Art along with many other Leaf’s fans (who have gone before him) can celebrate another Stanley Cup… finally! Art also loved to dance, particularly at weddings and bowling banquets, and travel, usually back home to Newfoundland or New Brunswick to visit family. He was known to be an avid tea drinker, along with the occasional Labatt 50 back in the day. He also loved his beef, especially steak, and was even known to wake neighbours with the aroma from his BBQ, when he was cooking his dinner, at 2 a.m. I might add, after an afternoon shift. In later years, Art also took a fondness to reading when he picked up a Stephen King novel. It was a quiet, relaxing pastime for him.

In 2005, Art and Irene left Oshawa and moved north to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Art was very family-oriented and lived by the rule “family first.” Many memories were made in recent years, that will be passed down to future generations in stories that will include Irene and Arthur. Their lives and memories will truly live on in the hearts and minds of his family and friends. Sadly, in 2011 Art’s world was turned upside-down when Irene suffered a massive heart attack and died days later. He lost his wife and best friend. However, as fate would have it, Art’s luck soon changed as he was reconnected with Margaret Flagg on January 6, 2013. Margaret too had recently lost her husband Edward, and with their long history, and similar circumstances the two hit it off immediately. Art and Margaret were married on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Their two families immediately became one, and further memories and time were spent with grandchildren and more recently, great-grandchildren. Every day that they shared together was cherished and a true blessing.

In recent months, Art’s health has declined and he passed away peacefully at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Chesley on Monday, May 17, 2021 in his 76th year.

Beloved husband of Margaret Flagg. Loving father of Suzanne (Paul) Sachs of Dobbinton and Michael (Bethany) of Desboro. Loving Grandpa and Papa of Andrew (Kristen), Ashley, Alysha (Mike), Anthony (Sarah), Amandah (Zack) and G-Pop of Rohnan, Breanna and Brooklynn. Art will be fondly remembered by Margaret’s children Robert Flagg, Corinna Upshaw, Todd (Trina) Flagg; grandchildren Justin, Dustin, Janaye, Britian, Allias, Chaize, Declan, Jorja Raine; and great-grandchildren Parker, Austin, Emily, Kaelyn, Colton, Mason, Jase, Kya and Davis. Loving brother of Harold (Marie), Lloyd (Barbara), Donald (Wavey), William (Shirley), George and Flora (Mervin) Anthony. Art will be dearly missed by his brother-in-law Lee Code, sisters-in-law Dixie, Wendy, Lorraine as well as the entire Hachey family and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Irene (Hachey), two children in infancy, step-son Randy Flagg, and siblings Les, Harry, David, Eddie, Eugene and Gloria Gill.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 4 – 8 p.m. A private funeral service celebrating Art’s life will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021. A recording of the service will also be available on the funeral home website afterward. Interment in Desboro Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Cassandra, Amanda, and Alysha Gill
May 25, 2021

We are very sorry for our lovely family that has lost such an amazing figure in all of our lives ❤️ We love you guys so much and will be here for you guys whenever you want or need! Xoxo RIP uncle art, till we meet again.

Ellen Barclay
May 23, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the whole family. You are a close family and will have each other to lean on during this time. Sending love.

May 22, 2021

All,we are born to live…..then live our best till we are called to our eternal rest !!!!!! But how it is so sad to part with those we LOVE so dearly!

Our dear loving brother-in-law and uncle to our 2 boys and their families will forever live in our saddened hearts!

Art,a gift Irene brought to us all,(Hachey family incorporated), is the blessings we will cherish forever ! Over five decades of “LOVING, FRIENDLY, FUN-FILLED & TOUCHING FOND TIME spend with Art in our company ! His whole Newfie family became and still are an unbelievable addition to our list of treasured friends !

This is what will be all be cherished by us …….life will go on but what a huge emptiness we are left with!!

REST DEAR ART… (big Heart)…..


Laura Power
May 22, 2021

Sorry for your loss sending my deepest sympathy. There are lots of memories to treasure !

Edna Perry Burton
May 22, 2021

Suzanne, Michael, marg and families: saddened to hear of Art’s passing. I have wonderful memories of him . So full of life and his big smile. He will be missed but we shall see him again. Hugs and prayers for today and the days ahead. Edna and Garry Calgary Alberta

Guy & James Sachs
May 22, 2021

You are in our hearts today as we pray for you. Know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you. Our deepest condolences to the entire Gill Family.

kathy Gill Marcussen
May 22, 2021

So sorry to hear of Uncle Art’s passing. He will be missed. Love and prayers to you all during this difficult time! Kathy, Melissa and Brodi.

Donald Gill and Wavey
May 22, 2021

Suzanne Michael and Margaret and families Love and Prayers with all He will truly be missed .

Flora and Merv Anthony
May 22, 2021

Oh the generous heart that this man had. I remember the night our childhood home caught on fire. Art stood on a lower rail and held on to the top balcony to lift us down to safety. Then I moved to Ontario to attend college and guess who picked me up on a consistent basis to help me survive home sickness. His smile was so endearing and captured all the good that dwelt in those eyes. Love you forever and rest well. Flora (sister) and Merv

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Helene and Fred Blakeley
May 22, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we are sending our sincere sympathy for the loss of a great person .Art was a a super person in our lives ,always a helping hand with a huge smile . He will be miss by so many wether a family member a neighbour ,a co worker or total stranger May God Bless you all today and the rest of our lives .All our love Helene Fred

Otto & Hilda March
May 21, 2021

So sorry for the loss of another one of our family, we pray for the peace of God to cover you all at sad time and always.

Trula and David Andrews
May 21, 2021

Sending our deepest condolence to the Gill Family.God Bless!

Desboro Agricultural Society
May 21, 2021

Sending our deepest sympathy to all of the family. Treasure all those great memories.

Wendy J Gill
May 21, 2021

Dear Margaret…Suzanne and Michael. We know your pain and am. Sorry for Uncle Arts passing…yet in heaven I can almost hear the rejoicing. It is a tough battle yet we are not the warriors we r the CHAMPIONS. May God richly bless you and all your family. Love Aunt Wendy Ed Jr and Crystal and their families

Suzy Kobylanski
May 21, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Gill family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of each other!!

Mary And Darryl Klages
May 21, 2021

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.Art will be missed by so many he was such a friendly caring person.Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time.

Ed and Elley Stewart
May 20, 2021

Suzanne and Michael

Our deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. We were friends for many years, living across the road years ago and bowling Friday night Rowdies, lots of great memories we will have forever, please know you are always in our hearts. The world lost a great man, dad, husband and grandfather you have family and friends to get you through this difficult time and to share all your great memories.

Shelley Nurse
May 20, 2021

While nothing or anyone can fill the hole created from the loss of your dad and husband, I know that he would want you to think of all the love and joy you shared together. Your dad was like an uncle to me, growing up across the road and all the great memories we get to cherish forever. Know your family is my heart and may all your friends and family help you get through this difficult time I wish you peace and comfort during your grieving. As you go through the grieving remember you are loved.

Darlene, George Hache & Family
May 20, 2021

Extending our sincere sympathy to Marge, Suzanne, Paul, Michael, Bethany, and Family,
in the loss of such a caring person. A great brother-in-law. Arthur was indeed a very special person, who always made everyone he met feel very relax and important. Always ready to help in many ways those around him, especially on moving days or in any other ways. His attitude was always positive, and it showed very well to all those, who had the privilege of knowing him. We will miss him, and we will have great memories of him, to hold him close to our hearts forever.

Andrew Thomson and family
May 20, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Margaret and family. Are thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Amy Stephen
May 19, 2021

Suzanne, Paul, Mike, Bethany and families, my sincerest condolences on your loss. I remember the kids talking about him from time to time, and he was a very important part of the family. He will be missed by many, I am sure. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time.

Donna McAleer Smith
May 19, 2021

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to Marg and her blended family on the loss of Art, the patriarch of their family. May your memories sustain you during your grief and know you will meet again.

Wyatt Sweiger
May 19, 2021

Couldn’t have asked for a better neighbour growing up, you will be missed Art!

Jo-Ann Tasch
May 19, 2021

Sending my deepest condolences to you Marg on the loss of your husband Art. I remember Art from bowling and bowling with his son Mike in YBC. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. RIP Art

Cheryl Waller
May 19, 2021

Dear Marg, our hearts ache for you, but so happy you had a second chance of love. Art loved you dearly. He will definitely be missed. Sending you our love, strength, and sincere condolences. We love you xo
Mike & Suzanne, our sympathies & condolences to you both & your families on the passing of your Dad, Poppa.
R.I.P. Art 🙏

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