Verdun (Don) Gilbert -  LIEUTENANT - 1916 - 2016
Posting From Information provided by Barry Gilbert (son)


Dr. Verdun Palmer (“Don”) Gilbert, Orthodontist, RCNVR. Loving husband of Iris for 70 years (1942-2012). Beloved father of Shirley Fudge and Dr. Barry Gilbert; father-in-law to Helen Walters and Dave Fudge ; loving and much loved grandfather of Sofie and Justin Gilbert, Jason Fudge (Tami), and Karen Jensen (David); great-grandfather to Tiana and Kylie Jensen and John Fudge. Born in Nanaimo B.C., he was a teacher and principal on Vancouver Island before WW II; he joined the Canadian Navy  in WW II; served as  Lieutenant-Commander on the HMCS Brantford and the HMCS Magog. He narrowly escaped death when the Magog was torpedoed in October 1944 in the St. Lawrence River. After the war he studied dentistry at McGill University; returned to B.C. to practice dentistry in Port Alberni. In 1964 he moved his family to Toronto; studied orthodontics at the University of Toronto; practiced orthodontics for 25 years; clinical faculty U of Toronto dental school. He died March 14, 2016 at Sunnybrook Veterans Center, Toronto, aged 100, surrounded by his family and dear friend Joe Tse. Deep gratitude to the caring staff at the Veterans Center. Memorial service in late spring. Donations to Veterans Comfort Fund, Sunnybrook Foundation.



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