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INNES, Gillian Ann (nee Stiver)

December 7, 1936 – Bombay, India
June 21, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Gillian Ann Innes – wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 21, 2019 in the early morning of the summer solstice.

Gill loved people – especially her family and her many diverse friends. She had a passion for traveling to places far and wide, walking through the mountains, talking to her friends on the phone, worrying about her children, and following professional tennis. She loved her Johnny Walker Red.

She was born on December 7, 1936 in Bombay, India. She spent her young life in Toronto, at the Bishop Strachan School. It was here she met many of her lifelong “sisters”. Gill and Bob married in 1960 and were married for fifty nine years. They moved to Galveston in 1964 and then to Calgary in 1971. Where they raised a family, made close friends, contributed to the community and built a full and meaningful life.

Besides her loving husband, Gill is survived by her two daughters, Sacha Innes (Greg) and Melissa Innes; son, Guy Innes (George); two grandchildren, Grace and Ethan Elander; and her three dogs, Theo, Tsehay and Quinn. Gillian was predeceased by her parents Margaret and Walter “Bill” Stiver.

Gill will be remembered most for her frankness, honesty and love of people.

Gill was fond of reminding us…“You only come this way but once”

The family would like to thank Jenniffer Robinson and the Sarcee Hospice for their loving care.

The funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church (Glamorgan, 3704 37 St SW, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception will follow at Earl Grey Golf Club (6540 20th St SW, Calgary). If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to one of the following educational non-profits: SOS Children’s Villages Canada (www.soschildrensvillages.ca) or Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (www.cw4wafghan.ca). SOS and CW4WA bring educational opportunities to some of the world’s most vulnerable people, including Ghana, where Gill did community development work.

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  1. Sandy Billington

    Sacha, Guy, Melissa;
    Thinking of you and wishing you moments of peace, comfort, and warm smiles as you remember and celebrate the life of your Mom. A Hug for each.

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  2. Manni Fink-Fraser

    Dear Guy

    Sending Hugs & Prayers to you and your family. Wished I’d known your Mom…she sounds wonderful….someone who loved life and family to the nines!! I’m sure your memories of her are vivid & happy. Wishing you and George much love and support as you celebrate the very best of her through the days ahead. God Bless, Manni and John Fraser

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  3. Rebecca Unter

    Gill meant what she said and said what she meant – always with bottomless generosity. You can see it in the family she helmed: some of the most gracious world-changing doing-gooders I have the pleasure of knowing. My heart aches for them – may they find comfort in their memories.

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  4. Cheryl Elander

    Melissa, Sacha, Guy, and Bob: My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and the whole family. Gill will be so missed! I will always remember her kindness, strength, humour, and generosity. Gill’s spirit will live on through her wonderful family. May your lifetime of memories bring you comfort and peace.

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  5. Christine Wilde

    So sorry for your loss. What a lovely tribute. My thoughts are with you. Christine

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  6. Marisa Consolata Kemper

    A deeply touching memorial to a woman so clearly cherished by those around her. Comfort the many she left behind.

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  7. Murwarid Ziayee

    Dear Sacha and Guy,

    Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences. I can imagine what you must be feeling at this moment, but hope care and love of those around you provide you and your family some comfort and peace to get you through this difficult time.
    May her soul rest in peace.

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  8. Dear Sacha and Guy and Melissa – sending a heart full of love and sorrow for your loss. While I didn’t know your mother, I know she must have been remarkable to grow you people. She leaves an amazing legacy with the three of you. – Morag

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  9. Willa Kriebel (Minnes)

    Melissa, Guy, Sasha and family,

    Many wonderful memories sitting on the deck at Premier Lake with your parents. Talking about everything. We will miss your mom. Our hearts are with you during this sad time.

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  10. Cheri Burke-Gaffney

    Dear Sacha and Family,

    My heart goes out to you for the loss of your Mom. What a beautiful, touching tribute to a wonderful person who gave so much. My thoughts are with you.

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  11. Pam Lawton, Ken Senter

    Dear Bob and kids,

    What a wonderful life – filled with a very close, loving, helpful, generous, altruistic family. She was incredibly proud of everything you all did – Bob with the hospitals and charities – particularly the Blackfoot Nation, the kids with impoverished peoples abroad – where she and Bob visited many times. She was kind, generous, fun, always attractive and smartly dressed, talented (bridge, fitness, cooking, entertaining, travelling – etc..) We’re sorry it’s over. Peace to all.

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  12. Bob,Sacha,Melissa and Guy.I offer my sincere condolences on Gill’s death.I am reminded of sitting at the children’s table in the corner of Uncle Warrens dining room on High Park Blvd. at Christmas when we were 5(still a bit young for Johnny Walker Red),living to-gether at Hwy.2 and the 9th. line in Oakville for a year when our fathers were in the forces,and later in you sister Trishs back yard on Wilberton Rd.and on my occasional trips to Calgary.Funny what a third cousin remembers.Be well and all the best.

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  13. David & Cathy Cook

    Dear Bob, Sacha, Guy, Lissa & family,
    Gill was one in a million! She made us laugh, always spoke her mind, and was an amazing cook and hostess. You may remember that she orchestrated, and actually came on, our first date. We will miss her very much and remember her fondly. Our condolences and much love to you all.
    David & Cathy Cook

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  14. Madeliene Tarasick

    Dear Sacha and Family: My deepest condolences of the loss of your beloved mother. From the beautiful tribute, it is obvious that she was a very exceptional person and I know that you will feel this loss deeply. May you take comfort in memories and in knowing that her spirit carries on within you. My thoughts are with you.

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  15. Dear Innes Family; Bob, Guy, Melissa, Sasha Greg, George, Grace and Ethan. It is with great sadness that we send our condolences. We are so lucky to have known Gill and experienced her fierce love for her family, her generosity and gracious spirit that she has passed on. She will be missed.
    Sending our love,
    Nancy, Stewart and Cate McNair

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  16. Colleen Baptist

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss and know the broken heart you must feel. I enjoyed my visit and dinner with your family and thoroughly enjoyed hearing about her exploits and adventures. Please know I am thinking of you and know your family ties will sustain you at this time

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  17. Lisa Vinderskov

    It is with the deepest sadness while landing in Edinburgh, Scotland that we have learned this news.

    Your Mom always was a woman I deeply respected for her smart view of the world and most situations, her love of family and of course her Hermes scarves.

    We will toast her incredible life with a Johnny Walker Red tonight as the sunsets in Edinburgh xxoo Lisa & Kurt

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  18. Dear Bob and family,
    I am so sad to hear of Gill’s death. She was such a wonderful woman – so direct, funny and caring. I will always remember the first time I met her – she was giving me a hard time for how long I spent in the shower when she was at a coffee at my mom’s! But my favorite memories of Gill are the long conversations we had riding the bus in eastern Turkey. She was a bright light in our lives, and will be so missed!!!
    It is hard to grasp that Mom, Pauly Dawson, and Gill have all died so close together – it feels like the end of an era…
    I am sorry I can’t make the ceremony as can’t get away from work at that time. But my deepest sympathies are with you all. She always talked about you and loved you all so much!

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  19. Marion Rogers

    Dear Bob, Sacha, Melissa, Guy, Grace and Ethan,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss of Gill. What an exceptional human being she was and oh how proud she was of you all – her family. I have such fond and treasured memories of times spent with Bob and Gill many years ago.
    Rest in Peace Gill. You will be missed terribly but you left very big footprints for us to follow.
    Blessings to you all,
    Marion Rogers

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  20. Janice Eisenhauer

    Dear Sacha, Bob, Guy and all the family:

    What a beautiful tribute … capturing all the strength, love and caring of a remarkable woman. My heartfelt condolences to you all.

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  21. Jim and Doris Garner

    Dear Bob,

    We were so sorry to hear of Gill’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Gill was stalwart and dependable in her many church activities during the time we knew her at St. Martin’s.

    She was also a good friend and neighbor to the residents of Stags Leap for twenty years.

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  22. Sally Roenisch

    Dearest Malissa,
    I can’t imagine the hole in your heart.
    Although I never met Gill, I can see how much you are her daughter , Love of dogs, nature, wellness, loving Mum, sister and friend. Please mourn her loss, wherever you are , whoever you are with. it is natural and your friends will hug you and understand. cry anywhere.

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