It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Gilles Gervais at the age of 59 years on Monday, October 17, 2022. As per his wishes, he passed away at home with his loving husband Jean Paul Pelletier by his side after a courageous 1.5-year battle with cancer. Son of the late Damase and Juliette Gervais (née Roy). Loving brother of Lucie St Martin (Dr. Moe), Paul-Émile, Viviane Burgess (Miles), Luc and brother-in-law Robert Pelletier (Brenda). He will also be lovingly remembered by his nephews, nieces, aunts, and uncles as well as many cousins.
Gilles and J.P. met in 1992 and were married in 2005. He was the most caring husband, brother, uncle, great-uncle, and great-great-uncle. Gilles was a big kid at heart. During family get-togethers, he could always be found on the floor playing with the kids and the dogs. Gilles always had a soft-spot for rescue animals and was a proud daddy to many fur-babies including Cashmere, Molsen, Buffy, Nibbler, Bella, Kirby and his cat Kiddy.
Gilles and J.P. owned and operated Zig’s Bar, Northern Ontario’s first openly gay establishment in 1997. His next venture was in the world of real estate. Gilles’ loss will be deeply felt by his work family, the Kuula Team of Re/Max Crown that he was a part of for 18 years. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman with an infectious smile. As per his request, there will be a Celebration of his Life held at Cambrian College, Student Life Centre on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. During this time, there will be an open mic and guests are invited to share their stories and memories of Gilles.