Gary John Kilpatrick

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Kilpatrick after a courageous bout with cancer. Gary passed from us on June 09, 2013, at the age of 69.

Gary was a well known sportsman, entrepreneur, and mining advocate.

Gary spent his youth in Nelson, and left Nelson at the age of 15 to play Junior Hockey in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Following a successful Junior career he went on to play professional hockey for 10 years in St. Louis, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland. He finally ended his hockey career playing senior hockey in Cranbrook and Nelson. After hockey, Gary and his brother Alan purchased and ran the Savoy Hotel and made it into a very successful business. After leaving the hotel business, Gary turned his interests to the mining industry and worked on various projects in Venezuela, Panama, and Belize.

Gary was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed working on the grounds and flower beds at his home.

Gary was pre-deceased by his parents, Jack and Dorothy, and his brother Alan. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pamela. Children Brent (Rachel), Greg (Joleen), and Shelley (Tim). Grandchildren Riley, Brady, Jaycee, Quin, and Seth.

The family would like to thanks Doctors Malpass and McKechnie, and the nursing staff at the Chemo ward for their kindness during Gary’s illness

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to

The Canadian Cancer Society, 565 10th Ave, West Vancouver, V5Z 9Z9 or The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation, 3 View Street, Nelson, BC, V1L 2V1.

There will be no formal memorial service at the request of the family. A private celebration of Gary’s life will be held with the family members and close friends.

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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.

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