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RENNIE – Gillian Helen (Brodrick)

June 15, 1986 – August 21, 2011

Our Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, Sister-in-law, Aunt, Niece and Friend died suddenly on August 21, 2011.

Gillian was predeceased by her Grandparents, Gerry and Helen Rennie and Stan and Betty Thompson and her Adopted Grandfather Harper Thornton and Auntie Pat Clay. She is survived by her parents Bill and Lorna; Adopted Grandmother Jeannie Thornton; Brothers, Ryan (Elizabeth), Stacey (Kate), Sister Heather Peters (Cam); Nephew Tyson and Niece Payton and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. Jill lived a troubled life but found wonderful support in her AA friends. Her bubbly spirit and infectious laugh will be remembered by all with whom she came in contact. We only had our ~Jilly Bean~ for twenty-five years but she was special from the day she came into the world – on Father’s Day. She was born in Calgary but also lived in Estevan for five years and Red Deer for three. Following Graduation from Bowness High School she attended Bow Valley College and passed her Licensed Practical Nursing exams. She worked at the Foothills and Children’s Hospitals before an injury and mental health problems forced her to leave work. Very special thanks to her Great Auntie Faye who she spent hours with on the phone. Jill’s troubles are now over.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Gillian Rennie, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Randy & Mary Kostick :

    Our hearts and prayers are with you. We are truly sorry. Life is cruel sometimes, but we have to keep going on, so please take one day at a time and no matter what anyone says, time does heal, rememberants never do.
    Take care, Randy & Mary.

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  2. Brian & Doreen Merritt, Joan Cornish :

    We are truly sorry for your loss. Our hearts are with you at this time.
    Doreen, Brian & Joan.

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  3. Dear Bill, Lorna and family,
    I was so very sorry to hear of Gillian’s passing. I am thinking of you during this very difficult time. You all will miss her so much.
    Marla Renton

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  4. Kevin Hodgins :

    Bill, Lorna & Family,
    I am saddened to hear of the loss of your dear Gillian. Know that all of your family of cousins are thinking of you and grieving with you. It is heartening to read your message of relief that Jill’s troubles are now over.
    Your cousin Kevin and family.

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  5. Inez Sorensen :

    Bill & Lorna,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Gillian’s death. How terribly sad for you and all your family. She was a sweet and friendly girl and you will all miss her so much.

    Aunt Inez

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  6. Bill, Lorna & family,

    I am so, so sorry to hear about Gill. My heart aches along with yours. I will be with you in spirit on Thursday as you share the memories of Gill’s all too short life.
    Thinking of you all.

    Love, Bev

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  7. Rob MacDonald :

    Bill, Lorna and family:

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Let’s hope Gill is now in a better place. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Rob and Scott (in Saskatoon)

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  8. Russ and Carolyn Ayerst :

    It is with great sadness that we hear of your loss of Gill. I know she was troubled, but also know she had alot of caring within her. The only consolation I can think to say is that she is finally at peace.
    Our best friends in Vncr have a son who is also bipolar and I have shared some of his troubled life.
    Please know we are thinking of you with great sincerity and love.
    Carolyn, Russ and family

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  9. Christopher Barran :

    I am a friend of Gillian’s from AA. You are so right when you say, “Her bubbly spirit and infectious laugh will be remembered by all with whom she came in contact”. One night we were out singing karaoke together with a group of people who all adored her. She was so full of life and we all had a blast just being in her presence! We already miss her so much. I am glad that her pain is over and that now she’s singing with the Angels. My deepest condolences.

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  10. Gladys MacDonald :

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Gill’s family and friends. Share some comfort in the knowledge that others share your sorrow, and that Gillian is, at last, free from troubles and is now safe in Heaven with relatives and friends who have gone before. May she rest in peace.

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  11. Pat Greenaway :

    To: the Rennie Family

    My deepest sympathies for the loss of Gillian. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of profound loss.

    Pat Greenaway

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  12. Charlene Dulmage :

    I was so sorry to hear the bad news. I just can’t imagine the heartache. Keep her good times in your thoughts, I know you will. I hope the heartache lessens with time as you think about this dear sweet person you brought into the world.
    Love, Charlene,Vern and family

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  13. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I truly enjoyed the time I spent with Gillian – she will be missed!

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  14. Brad & Sarah Peters :

    Bill & Lorna,
    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Gillian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family, that you find strength in this time of loss.

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  15. Chelsea Hermus :

    Dear Rennie family,

    I can’t imagine what you are going through right now, but my thoughts are with you all the same. Jill was a sweetheart and I will miss her sunny smile whenever I drop in out of nowhere to take advantage of your wonderful hospitality.

    Lots of love,
    Chelsea

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  16. Joy Pritchard-Harris :

    Bill and Lorna and family:
    I was devastated to know that Gillian’s time here was shorter than any parent or sibling would ever think possible. Please know we hold all of you and Gillian in our hearts as you begin to heal.

    Sincerely,

    Joy Pritchard-Harris and family
    (Morina’s sister)

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  17. Michael Facey :

    I was so sorry to hear the news of Gill’s passing, I didn’t know her for very long, we were both attending “The Big book Study” at 1835 House, but I will always remember her fun loving spirit and the unforgettable laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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  18. Gill and Michael Oddson :

    Dear Lorna, Bill and family
    We would like to express our deepest sympathy in the loss of your loving daughter Jill. We didn’t meet Jill often, but when we did she had a sparkle in her eyes and a cheery disposition. We know that she faced a lot of challenges in her life and now she is at peace and her troubles are over. Know that our thoughts are with you now and always as you learn to live without your special Jill.
    Love Gill and Michael

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  19. Cliff , Franziska, Nick and Perth Haberman :

    Our thoughts are with you all. A great big hug has been extended to you.

    Lots of Love from the 4 Habermans
    ( Cliff, Franziska, Nick and Perth)

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  20. Bill and Lorna,
    I send my most heartful condolences on the passing of Gillian. Such a sad and heartbreaking loss. I worked with Gillian for a sort time at Prince of Peace. I often thought of her, and now am sorry for not contacting her, I am so sorry. I will hold you both in my thoughts and prayers; praying that our loving Lord will hold you and your family in His loving arms and comfort you. Connie

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  21. My most sincerest sympathies to Jill’s family and friends.
    Jill spent many a Friday or Saturday night at my Karaoke. She enjoyed singing and had such an infectious laugh and smile. She spoke to me often of her troubles. At the end of the night, we’d hug. I had hoped that I had given her some encouraging words and looked forward to her next visit. The stars just won’t be as shiny for awhile.
    She will be sadly missed.

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  22. Tina Karamkhani :

    I would like to send my condolences to Gill’s family and friends. I knew Gill from high school and i will never forget her contagious laugh and bubbly personality.
    Gill will be greatly missed

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  23. Ted and Cathy Boyce and family :

    Our sincerest condolences to the Rennie family at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  24. danny paulsen :

    My heart goes out to the family of Gillian, she is sadly missed by all.

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  25. Marlene Green :

    To the family and friends of Gillian I am very sorry for your loss. She is a wonderful caring person. We worked at the same place for a little while, I only saw her with changing shifts, but I always enjoyed talking with her. Think of the time you spent with her.

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  26. I only met Jill a few times while visiting her sister. Full of smiles and laughter. I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.

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  27. Scott Haydn Fowkes :

    Dear Lorna, Bill and family,

    I would like to express my most heart felt condolences on the passing of your daughter Gillian. She was a very dear friend to me, and countless other AA members.
    Your family is in my prayers.
    Yours sincerely,
    Scott Haydn Fowkes

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  28. My deepest and most sincere sympathy towards Gillian’s family. I had the privilege of meeting Gillian when she sought support for her Addiction. She was an absolute joy to work with and the pain she carried with her saddens me. I will always remember her infectious laugh.

    ~~”There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving~~

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  29. Christa MacBride :

    I was very sad to hear of Gill’s passing. I will remember her fondly as a very funny girl who always stole all the olives! We are thinking of you at this very sad time.

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  30. Bill, Lorna & Family: Sorry to hear about Gillian. Sorry to have lost touch over the years. I’ll be thinking of you today. Love, Blair

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  31. I’m so sorry for the loss of a precious person. Jill you will forever be missed by me and my family. Sending out hugs to my Uncle Bill, Auntie Lorna, Ryan, Stacey, Heather, Tyson, and Payton. Wishing all of you nothing but strength at this very sad time. wishing we could be there with you all today..
    All our Love Barry and Nicole Rennie

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  32. Wilf and Carole Haberman :

    Dear Ones,
    It is 10:25 AM August 25/11
    Although we cannot be with you in person, our hearts are with you all there at dear Jill’s Memorial Service. We are stopping everything…except our prayers…for peace…for strength..for comfort …. for each of you as you honour your precious sweet Gillian…now free of all her troubles..now with WINGS…
    She will always always be remembered…

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  33. Sara-Lyn (Schaufele) Quist :

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your daughter. My prayers are with your family right now!

    Sara-Lyn (Rennie’s daughter)

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  34. Kathleen Klassen :

    Our hearts are with you, as well as our prayers. You are all very much loved, and we are with you in spirit. My prayer is that you will feel much peace in the midst of this terrible storm. Love to each one.

    Love, Kattleliner, Stan, and family.

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  35. Paul & Lorraine Johnston :

    Bill and Lorna:
    We were shocked and saddened at learning of your loss. While we did not know Gillian directly, as parents we share your loss and offer our sincere condolences.
    Paul & Lorraine Johnston, Calgary

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  36. Nora Richards Francis :

    We are grieved to hear of this great sorrow. Bill and Lorna you are in our hearts. Our condolences too to all those others who were fond of her and who held hands with her “one day at a time”.
    Deep sympathy–Nora (Richards) Francis
    (Bill’s cousin from Winnipeg)

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  37. Murielle Rodrigue :

    Dear Rennie family,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of Gillian’s passing. Jill was a sweetheart and caring young nurse. I worked with Jill for a short time at the Children’s Hospital. Cherishing precious memories of her life will bring comfort to you all. My sincere condolences and my prayers are with you.

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  38. Lynne & Murray Balzer :

    We are very sorry to hear about Gillian. She had such a warm and infectious spirit. I am honored that I was able to briefly meet her as an adult. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Lynne & Murray

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  39. Brenda Rennie :

    Bill, Lorna and family:
    We were saddened to receive the news about Gillian. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
    Brenda and Rob Rennie

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  40. Doug and Cindy Logan :

    BILL AND LORNA, We were so so sorry to hear of Gillian’s sudden death. Just know we are thinking of you all during this time of great sadness.
    Love Doug and Cindy and family

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  41. Gisele & Gerry Rennie :

    Dear Bill, Lorna & family,

    Our thoughts & prayers have been with you as you go through this very difficult time. We can’t begin to imagine your sorrow or feel your pain. Our love is with you as you begin to cherish the memories of your beautiful Gillian and try to accept God’s decision to take her home at such a young age.
    Love Gerry & Gisele

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  42. Dear Bill, Lorna & Family,
    The time I spent with Gill was unforgettable .She always added the element of surprise when she was with you and her laugh brought a smile to all that knew her. Over the years, things changed and so did our friendship but she was never forgotten. I’m so sorry to hear that it ended this way…she was a special girl. Thinking of you guys in this difficult time. She is now at peace and will be remembered in our memories forever.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Nancy

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  43. Kathleen Hodgins :

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you find comfort in knowing she is at peace, and in sharing the good memories that you have.
    Love – Kathleen, Dave, Jonah and Isaac

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  44. My deepest thoughts and sympathy go to Gill’s family. I will miss Gill dearly as a friend and fellow AA member. We met in the rooms and she was a bright personality who cared deeply. I always enjoyed Gill’s company in the rooms of AA- Gill you will be missed xo

    All my love,

    Sara

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  45. The Rose Beyond The Wall
    A rose once grew where all could see,
    sheltered beside a garden wall,
    And as the days passed swiftly by,
    it spread its branches, straight and tall…

    One day, a beam of light shone through
    a crevice that had opened wide
    The rose bent gently toward its warmth
    then passed beyond to the other side

    Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
    be comforted – the rose blooms there-
    its beauty even greater now, nurtured by
    God’s own loving care.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
    Although Gillian worked with us for such a short time our team feels the loss of her infectous laugh.

    Debra Harris
    Patient Care Manager
    Surgical Services, SAPHN and Pediatric Dentistry

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  46. Brad and Pam Forsyth :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Gillian was a very special girl and I know that she gave my mom some very special moments to cherish. Know that you are in our hearts and we are sending lots of love your way.

    Ottawa, Ontario

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