Gwendolyn Florence Day,(née Gilbert) was born June 7, 1927, in Marbleton, Quebec, to Bertram and Florence Gilbert.Her father,Bertram, was a POW for four years during World War II in Japan.He died in 1946, shortly after returning to Canada.Gwen worked tirelessly throughout her life supporting the Hong Kong Veteran Commerative Association.Gwen described her mother as a ‘noble woman’ raising four children,Gwen, Bruce,Dawn and Beverley, and a stepdaughter,Joan Cook.Thanks to an IODE scholarship, Gwen was one of the first women in her village to attend university,(BIshop’s) specializing in French.She was in high demand in later years as a substitute teacher. She was married to Stockwell Day Sr.for 56 years, raising six children together: Deborah, Stockwell,Nick,Abigail, Rebecca and Matthew.A wide range of successful business and professional pursuits allowed Gwen and Stockwell to experience life in Atlantic Canada,Québec,Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. Enjoying wonderful family-centred years owning the Overlander Lodge at Jasper East,near Hinton,Alberta, was there last venture before retiring in British Columbia.Gwen’s passion for volunteering led her to support many nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross,YMCA, her local church and CESO projects in Hungary and Czechoslavkia.
In Her Own Words: ” At the age of 90 I will record a bit of what I did in these past years… Nothing spectacular… My six children from my very happy 56-year-old marriage to Stockwell Day Sr did it all. My first child,Deborah, owned her spectacular Montessori School for over 20 years in West Edmonton. Deborah taught three generations of children,many of whom now bring their children to a Montessori school system. My second child, Stockwell, went into politics and was pretty spectacular with smart, conservative work. He still goes around helping people, being spectacular with his kindness.
My third child, Nicholas, had a very good career and occupations. He is a spectacular care worker and devotes his life to caring of people. My fourth child, Abigail, has lived in England for 30 years. She is a full-time professor at London Univesity. She recently wrote a book which brought attention to the wonderful women who have kept the Anglican Church open around the world. My fifth child, Rebecca,, is head of grammar at Brentwood College School and takes spectacular care of her students, her family, her friends and me. My sixth child,Matthew,has raised four wonderful children and is a very well-known spectacular entertainer in Edmonton. He is a truly unique person. My father,Bertram Gilbert,was a POW in Japan for four years. He died in hospital after returning home in 1946. My mother, Florence, was a noble woman, raising four children on her own, surrounded with her church and the help that goes along with a small community like Marbleton,Québec.We were poor I suppose, but we didn’t know it. Our lives were enriched by attendance at church and by the older people who looked out for us. I was one of the first girls from our village to go to university, thanks to an IODE scholarship. I have always been passionate about volunteering for nonprofit associations.Along with my husband we worked with CESO,supporting families in Hungary and in Czechoslovakia. God has taken care of me for over 90 years.I am thankful for my faith within the Anglican Church.I am looking forward to being with my husband once again along with all the members of my family who have passed before me.My life has been blessed.”
NOTE: A funeral will be held on Tuesday,Aug.22,1pm,at The Anglican Church of St.John the Baptist,3295 Cobble Hill Rd.Cobble Hill,BC. V0R 1L6