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Burrington, Gilbert Geoffrey
October 23, 1922 - July 19, 2018
Service:  In a fitting return to the place that he loved best, Dad’s ashes will be scattered, as he requested, into the waters of his favorite trout stream in a private family gathering sometime in the autumn.
Notice:  Memorial donations may be made in Dad’s name to Trout Unlimited Canada, 4000 Glenmore Ct SE #180, Calgary, AB T2C 5R8

Obituary

Gilbert Geoffrey (Mike) Burrington
October 23,1922 - July 19, 2018

The family of Mike Burrington wishes to announce his passing on July 19th, 2018, at the Red
Deer Regional Hospital.
With Dad’s death, the last remaining Lancaster crew member of 189 Squadron, 5 Group, has
passed. Perhaps the most influential period of his very long life, Dad’s World War II service was spent as a bomb-aimer with the RAF, flying in the night missions that so many other young
Allied airmen of the time would never return from. Despite an almost catastrophic first bombing
raid, when their Lancaster lost a section of wing and was diverted to Scotland on its home run,
Dad’s crew went on to successfully complete all 30 of their assigned missions. The friendships
that were forged among the crewmates during their service were perhaps the strongest and
most enduring Dad would ever know, and he and his “Band of Brothers” would meet for regular
reunions for many years after the war’s end.
Dad’s wartime experience would also serve to develop the qualities that would inform the rest of his life: a fierce loyalty to his friends, his family and his larger community; a commitment to service; an unshakeable sense of duty and discipline; and a heart that went out to anyone in
trouble or in need.
Following the war, Dad attended the University of Alberta, where he met his wife, Doris, and
received his Bachelor of Commerce degree. He completed his professional designation as a
Chartered Account in Edmonton, and after finishing his articling he and Mom moved to Red
Deer, where he would set up his own CA firm with a branch office in Rocky Mountain House.
Despite the demands of running what was to become a very successful accountancy firm and
raising a growing family, Dad never faltered in his belief that it was an obligation to give back to the community that provided the stability and the opportunities for his family to live both safely and live well. In this he was influenced by his wartime experiences and a Depression era childhood spent on his family’s farm, and well into his later years he remained an avid volunteer and community supporter. A member of the Kiwanis Club for most of his adult life, he had a very special place in his heart for the Club’s “Terrific Kids” program. He was also a longtime volunteer for Trout Unlimited, and at various points in his life served as a volunteer Board member for the Red Deer Police Commission and Cosmos Enterprises, to name only a few.
The happiest and most peaceful times in Dad’s life, though, were spent fly fishing in the trout
streams and rivers of Alberta’s west country. In the 1970s, one of his most cherished dreams
was realized when he was able to purchase a half-section of land on his beloved Prairie Creek
west of Red Deer. Both an expert fly fisherman and a fly tier, Dad was an enthusiastic mentor to the next generation of sports fisherman and shared both his knowledge of the sport and his
prime fishing spots with anyone who showed an interest in learning the art. Until late in life, he was able to don his chest waders and fish the waters of Prairie Creek, and when failing health finally prevented him from fishing any longer he was still able to enjoy the views of the creek from the decks of the family cabin.
In a fitting return to the place that he loved best, Dad’s ashes will be scattered, as he requested, into the waters of his favorite trout stream in a private family gathering sometime in the autumn.
Dad leaves to mourn him his wife of 69 years, Doris; four children, Michael (Caro), Brian (Mimi),Maureen, and Megan (Doug); seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Our family would like to say a special thank you to all of the staff at Aspen Revera in Red Deer, who provided such wonderful, competent, and compassionate service to Dad during the four years he lived in the facility. So many thanks, too, to Dad’s wonderful friend, Doug DeWitt, who nevermissed a Wednesday visit and who would keep Dad’s spirits aloft with fishing stories and reminiscences of shared time spent in the west country.
Thanks for everything that you did for us, Dad. You’re missed, you’re loved, and you will always and forever be remembered well. Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Memorial donations may be made in Dad’s name to Trout Unlimited Canada, 4000 Glenmore Ct SE #180, Calgary, AB T2C 5R8
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements

Condolences

David Kun:
Megan - my condolence on the passing of your father. I know you will miss him greatly. He was a fine gentleman.
Heather Gilmour:
The whole Gilmour family is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of this fine gentleman. We are grateful that the band of brothers is once again reunited. We send our love and our condolences to Doris and her family.
Chuck and Jean Shipley:
Our families condolences on the passing of Mike who accomplished much in his life including unselfishly defending our country at great risk to his own.
Bob Gray:
Deepest sympathies, to Doris and family.
From Bob Gray
Terry and Jeannette Blair:
Doris and Family

Our sincere condolences in the loss of your husband, father and grandfather

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