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Gal, Janos, aka John "Jock". John, aged 52, died in February 9, 1982 in an accident in the Cassiar mine. He was a tractor-grader operator (catskinner) and was operating a Cat D-8 which rolled over. His job was clearing snow from the north end a bench. The accident took place at the south end of the bench. The hard crust of an overhang beneath the right-hand track of the machine gave way, causing the machine to fall off the bench and roll at least 1 1/4 turns to the next bench, 13 metres below. No conclusion could be reached why the machine was being operated at that location, away from the assigned area. The Roll Over Protective Structure protecting the operator's cab of the machine was undamaged. John wasn't wearing a seat belt. It was never determined if he had a heart attack or other medical difficulty which may caused him to lose control of the machine.  
Gambaro, Dante, age 33 died December 27, 1963. He was an Italian miner whose head got crushed between equipment.  
Gander, Cathy, passed August 12, 2014, 3 weeks after her husband Charlie passed. Survived by children Chuck and Heather.  
Gander, Charlie, passed July 21, 2014, 3 weeks before his 94th birthday. Survived by children Chuck and Heather  
Gavelin, Evalou (Reeves) passed away April 19, 2015 in the Penticton Hospital.  Survived by Ernie Gavelin and family.  
Gavelin, Richard "Ricky", age 30, passed away in Fort McMurray on January 31, 2008, by his own hand. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving parents Eva Lue and Ernie Gavelin, his brothers Russell Gavelin and Andy Oak (Natalie), niece Erica, nephew Travis, his grandmother Connie Reeve. Rick was predeceased by his sister Pat, his dad Ron Reeve, grandad Reeve and grandma and grandpa Minor. Ron Reeve worked in Cassiar in the Surface Dept. and lifeguard.  
Gibson, Thomas A., age 59, passed away suddenly June 8, 2005 of cancer in Yahk, BC. Tom was a Millwright in Cassiar for 13 years from approx. 1978-1992. Worked on the old tramline and the new. He leaves to mourn his wife Cookie (Barbara Tomashewski), step children Corrina Huppe, Vince Maki, 5 grandchildren, 1 sister and brother in England and 1 brother in Vancouver.  
Gimmi, Mario, died May 31, 2003, 3 days short of his 75th birthday, after a long fight with lung cancer. He died in Cottonwood nursing home in Kelowna, BC. Mario was a Cassiar resident 1972-1992, working in the mill. Marios leaves to morn siblings and family in Europe. While many believed Mario to be a bachelor he was actually divorced, his ex-wife still in Italy and his two daughters took up residence in England.  
Girardin, Rejean, aged 44, died of lung cancer July 16, 1989. He was a mill shift boss & husband of Margaret "Maggie" & brother-in-law of Mel and Lucy Taylor. Survived by Margaret Perron, Lina Callbreath, Sylvie Girardin, Sonia Girardin and 6 grand children and 1 great grandchild  
Glatzel, Gunther "Gordon" Died of cancer in 1981. Son of Theo and Maria Glatzel, brother of Peter and Brigitte Glatzel  
Glatzel, Theo & Maria. Both passed away many years ago. Contributed by Bill Plumb theo_maria_glatzel_hawaii_1971_2.jpg (31964 bytes)
Glaser, Anne Marie. Wife of Fred Glaser and mother of Karen Hermann, then James (nee Glaser)  
Glaser, Fred. Died of brain cancer early 1970s. Husband of Anne Marie Glaser, father of Karen Herrman then Karen James (nee Glaser)  
Gleason, Anne, passed away on November 2nd, 2011 in Smithers, BC. She was 77. Her husband Francis passed away in July. Anne leaves to mourn son Chris, daughter Lois and family.  
Gleason, Francis. Francis passed away July 23rd 2011 after a brief struggle with cancer. Francis lived in Cassiar 1966-1992 where he worked as a Heavy Duty Mechanic. Francis left to mourn his wife Anne, son Chris, daughter Lois and family.  
Glover, Jim, a Cassiar (Erickson,and Boya Lake) resident from 1979-1992, was killed in a mining accident at Muddy Lake (Golden Bear Mine) on December 11th, 1992.  Jim was a journeyman heavy-duty mechanic who worked for Erickson Gold and Cassiar Mining Corp.   
Gomez, Joe died November 1999 due to colon cancer. Joe and his wife Maria lived at 508 Malozemoff from the early 197s to approximately 1984. Together they did the floors of the bar and rec center. He is survived by daughter Maria (Tony) Pinto, grandson Nelson (Kim) Pinto, granddaughter Janet (Darren) Cornell and daughter SuzetteGanhao  
Gomez, Maria, aged 87, died March 6, 2005 in Kelowna, BC. Maria and her husband Joe lived at 508 Malozemoff f rom the early 197s to approximately 1984. Together they did the floors of the bar and rec center. She is survived by daughter Maria (Tony) Pinto, grandson Nelson (Kim) Pinto, granddaughter Janet (Darren) Cornell and daughter SuzetteGanhao  
Grant, Lois, passed March 30, 2015 near Ely Nevada from pulmonary fibrosis, at age 78.   She and Richard Grant had been married 57 years at the time she died.  She's survived by her husband Richard, daughter Theresa and son John, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.  
Grant (nee Lancaster), Wilma Anne, aged 54, died of cancer on November 2, 1995, in Trail, BC. Wilma was a resident of Cassiar, a teacher and the School District Librarian from 1975 to 1979. She also was the first volunteer coordinator of the Northern Lights College programs offered in Cassiar from 1975 on. She is survived by her husband Jack Grant (district principal of Cassiar Elementary-Secondary School 1975-1979), and her children John, Brian and Elizabeth (also residents of Cassiar 1975-1979).  
Grayston, Fred  died as a result of a fall that put him into a coma, and died a few days later from diabetic shock, Dec 10th, 2006.
Grayston Naomi (Dot)  passed on April 1st, 2007 after spending over 10 years in a care facility for Alzheimers.
Both parents died at 91 years of age, and were Cassiar residents from 1956 to 1963.
Grenier, Hugh. Died of cardiac arrest Jan. 1997  
Gritchnyk, (sp) Frank. 2001 Husband of Irene Gritchnyk  
Grønningsæter, Arne died September16, 1987 in Surrey, BC, Canada. He was 58 and died of cancer. Arne worked as the master of mechanic for seven years in between last part of the 1950s and early 1960s and his sister Solveig Amundøy Flatøyveien of Norway is his sole survivor.  
Guderjahn, Alf passed away in Campbell River, BC September 12, 2015 at the age of 80. The Guderjahn family, Alf, Hilde, Birgit, Barbara and Berndt who lived in Cassiar from approx. 1970-1985. Alf was foreman in the Carpenter Shop and Surface Dept.
He is survived by his loving wife Lynn Guderjahn his 3 children, his 2 stepchildren and  4 grandchildren. He was a happy man right up until the end. He was loved by many He spent 25 happy years with Lynn in Campbell River. He was predeceased by his ex-wife Hilde in 2013.

Guderjahn, Hilde passed suddenly on or about April 21, 2014. She lived in Cassiar 1970-1985. She leaves to mourn her children Barbara, Berndt and Birgit and their families.

Gulubic Branko,  passed away peacefully in his sleep November 15, 2014 after a few months of battling cancer. Branko was the brother of Nada Carin (Dale Carin). Branko was a mechanic who worked in the mine in Cassiar from circa 1974 - 80. When he left Cassiar, he got married and then he and his wife moved to Fort MacMurray where he worked for the city. They raised their two children, Tom and Christina there. Branko lost his wife to cancer 17 years ago when his children were a mere 13 and 15 but continued to raise his children on his own and then retired ten years ago at the age of 55. His children, by then adults, moved to Calgary and Branko moved back home to Croatia where he enjoyed working in his vineyard and especially the social life of the village he lived in. (Sort of like Cassiar - one big family). Branko came back to Canada approx. every six months for a visit with his children and his friends and was always interested in any news about Cassiarites. Branko's funeral was in his village, Sveti- Martin in Croatia. Photo taken July 1985. Branko Gulubic
Gurr, Monty GURR, Clifford Lamont (Monty) April 20, 1942 - December 31, 2016
Monty was born and raised in Bella Coola, and passed away peacefully in Powell River General Hospital after 4 months of health issues.   He was predeceased by his parents Elijah and Isabell, brothers James Mack (Ruth) of Westbank, Doug (MaryAnn) of Bella Coola, and Bud (Alice) of Powell River. He is survived by brothers Dean (Audrey) and Melvin (Elaine) of Bella Coola, sister Betty (Robert) of Nanaimo, and many nephews, nieces, and other relatives.   Monty never married. He attended school in Bella Coola, then studied to be a Heavy Duty Mechanic in Nanaimo. He lived in Prince George and Good Hope Lake, where he worked for the Dept of Highways. He then lived in Cassiar1964-75 and Watson Lake, where he worked for Grant Stewart Construction. His final move was to Powell River in 1992, where he worked for Lund Marine.   Monty was an avid reader. He was constantly learning.   He did not like funerals, so no service was held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Contact for details.   Monty was a kind, gentle, and sociable person who got along well with everyone. He will be missed by all who knew him.   Thanks to Dr DuToit and the medical staff who he praised for their loving care.
Monty Gurr
Gurschler, Albert, aged 47 died August 15, 1978 in a plane crash on Vancouver Island. Albert worked in Cassiar in the 1950s and early 1960s, first as carpenter helper, a shovel operator in the mine and and for Chuck Caron in Engineering. He was well known in the mining community and worked in Canada Tungsten for many years.  
Gwilliam (nee Jospeh), Judy  


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