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John Ritchie Giles

February 17, 1944 - November 17, 2018


It is with sadness we announce the death of John Ritchie Giles. February 17, 1944 – November 17, 2018. Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gerry Giles, and his three sons: Richard, Raymond and Lenard (Wren). John is preceded by his parents Betty and Victor Giles. Also left to mourn are brothers Mike, Jim (Debbie), Tim (Brenda) Giles and sisters Dianne Giles and Sherri Conway (Dave). John had several nieces and nephews as well as three grandchildren Gavin, Kailey and the apple of his eye Emmaly Giles.

John worked for more than 40 years for Westcan Terminals in Cowichan Bay and travelled the Island as a Longshoreman Foreman. His good natured and giving approach to life, family and community will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life for John will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in the Cobble Hill Hall – the day that would have been John’s 75th birthday.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Nancy RankinHitchin
Relation: John worked with my late husband steve Hitchin

So sorry for your loss.my thoughts are with you.now john & steve Hitchin will be loading ships in heaven.

From: Victor E MacQuarrie
Relation: Fellow longshoreman for 35 years.

My sincere condolences to Gerry and family. I worked with John for 35 years around the island and considered him to be a very good friend as well as a great boss. He will be missed…..

From: Colleen Manness
Relation: friend, worked with my husband

Dear Gerry: Deepest condolences to you and your family. John was a good friend to Arnie and they shared many great experiences together, in, on, and around the lumber piles at Cowichan Bay. Fond memories, Colleen Manness

From: Bonnie Walsh
Relation: Friend

Gerry, I am sorry to read of John’s death. My condolences to you and your family.

From: Clifford Rabey
Relation: Friend and worked with John.

John was a great guy and good friend. I worked with John when I started longshoring in 1969. When he went foreman, he never changed. He was the same guy and a fantastic person to work for. He was very organised, which kept things flowing at work. He will be greatly missed.

From: Sharon Jackson
Relation: Political

Sincerest condolences to you and your family, Gerry. I am so sorry for your loss.

From: Perry & Rheta Mogus
Relation: Friend

Gerry. We were so saddened to hear of John’s death. We wish you strength at this time. You are surrounded by much love ; our admiration for you is great. Perry and Rheta

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 17, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Cobble Hill Community Hall
3550 Watson Avenue
Cobble Hill, BC Canada V0R1L0

3550 Watson Avenue
Cobble Hill, BC Canada V0R1L0

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