Obituary – Gillian Rosemary Rita Tennock


Gillian Rosemary Rita Tennock

March 16, 1938 – April 6, 2023

After many difficult months, Gillian Tennock passed away on April 6, 2023. She is survived by her husband of 60-plus years, Norman, her children and their spouses, Craig, Karen and Ivar, Julie and Chris, Ross and Mig, and Kevin and Kathleen, her grandchildren, Lindsay, Kelsey, Marlee, Sara, Amanda, Sophia, Liam, Ashton, and Maya, and her first great grandchild, baby Rae.

Gillian lived a fulsome life which began in Havant Hants, England. Many visits were made from afar to see her parents, sister, Julia, and nephews, Richard and Ian, some of whom still live there now. The Old Mill at Langston near her home remained one of her favorite places. She loved to walk along the sea and visit the pond filled with ducks and swans there.

Gillian began her young adult life as a model in London. She may also have further developed her talent as a concert pianist had she not soon married Norm, a civil engineer, which meant many traveling adventures around the world and moves (more than 20!) throughout Canada and the U.S.

Gillian was a creative soul. She applied her creativity most prominently to every aspect of home life and raising her five children, to her passion for gardening, and to her love of fashion.

A beautiful, elegant woman, she stood out in her artistic way of dressing. Gillian loved the beauty of the natural world, especially the springtime with all the new life bursting forth.

She loved flowers, especially daffodils. She loved the birds and always put seed and suet out for them. She became known as “Grandma Duck” because so many ducks gathered to be fed by her each morning. Lambs, bunnies, birds, and flowers made her smile. Gillian readily shared her wealth of knowledge about growing food naturally, and the seeds and produce from her garden with everyone.

Gillian’s greatest love was her family. We will never forget the numerous caring gestures she expressed over time, such as creating a beautiful home to grow up in, cooking nurturing, healthy meals for everyone (including her most beloved dogs, Sadie and Skye!), fostering a connection to the natural world, and so much more. She will be dearly missed.

We would like to thank Point Roberts Circle of Care for their caring and kind support. We will be having a celebration of life at a future date in Point Roberts.