October 21, 2018
Gwynneth (Gwen) Ann Gates passed away October 21, 2018 at Nanaimo palliative care after an incredibly courageous battle against cancer. She died peacefully with her family by her side. Gwen leaves
behind to mourn her passing her loving partner Siegy Fredrich, her forever loving three daughters Debbie Laliberte (Dave), Michelle Andrews (Blair) and Paula Shoemaker (Jay) as well as 11 grandchildren, Randi, Donnie, David, Gwen, Ashlee, Lauren, Billy, Jaimee, Tristan, Cole, and Amara; 13 great grandchildren and 5 great-great grandchildren. She will also be greatly missed by her two sisters Carol Agar of Ladysmith; Judy Thomas of Campbell River and her one brother Bob Thomas (Sandy) of Calgary as well as more close family, James Hunter (Jackie). Gwen was predeceased by two husbands Donald Shoemaker (August 4, 2012) and Brian Gates (May 1, 2006); her mother Lorna Rich (December 24, 2009), her father Lloyd Thomas (1988) and her brother Trevor Thomas (March 15, 2010).
The family would like to thank all of the nurses, doctors and staff at NRGH Palliative care for all of their amazing care and deep kindness.
A celebration of Gwen’s life will be held on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at First Memorial, 1720 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo at 1pm, reception to follow.
Gwen (Mom) will be in our hearts always, forever loved and tremendously missed.