FEITELBERG, Gillian Bianca (Shillington)

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GILLIAN BIANCA FEITELBERG (SHILLINGTON)
Dec. 24, 1949 – May 11, 2020

Gill passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Lady Minto Hospital on May 11, 2020.

She is survived by David, her loving husband whom she had been with for 53 years, and children Anton (Jaclyn), Bianca (Matt) and grandchildren Henry and Maggie.

Gill was born on December 24, 1949 in Laren, Netherlands and grew up in Durban, South Africa. In 1981, she emigrated to Toronto with her young family. She requalified as a pharmacist and worked in two large hospitals. She found a vibrant community and made lasting friendships.

She and David moved to Salt Spring in 2003 where she volunteered at the library, Art Spring and Island Women Against Violence. She helped found the Salt Spring literacy program and participated in art groups. She had a great love for the arts, books and travel.

Our dear Gilly was warm, laid-back and fun. Always enthused, always saying yes, never worrying about the small stuff. Her personality shone in her handling of the physical challenges she experienced later in life; she faced them with determination, grace and patience. She welcomed everyone with openness and kindness, and always without judgment. Her joie de vivre was infectious. She was loved by all.

We like to believe she is soaring in the trees above her home, free to move as she pleases.

A private family ceremony was held to commemorate her life.

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