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Gail Francis Sproat

Gail Francis Sproat (Burton) of Huntsville, Ontario 

 Gail passed away peacefully at Algonquin Grace Hospice Tuesday, September 11, 2018, following a short battle with cancer. 

 Gail is predeceased by her spouse Peter Sproat and survived by her children, Jamie Sproat and Staci Webb (Clint Fabricius) as well as the light of her heart, her grandchildren Peter Webb, Courtney Fabricius and Jackson Fabricius .  Gail is predeceased by her parents Elmer and Mildred (Smith) Burton of Huntsville, her brother Patrick Burton (Huntsville), sister and brother in law Launa and Charles Clarke (Huntsville). Survived by her brother Wayne Burton (Kathy) of Huntsville and sister and brother in law Linda and Allan Plummer, as well as her uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.

 Although born in Huntsville, as an "army brat", Gail traveled with her family, as far away as Germany, following her father as he was stationed with the Canadian Engineer Corp. Always having love and devotion in her heart for those who serve our country. 

 Gail returned home to Huntsville where she met the love of her life, Peter Sproat.  Though their time together was cut short following his death in 1979, Gail held the love that they shared for almost 40 years.

 Gail can be remembered by many as the " electronics lady" at Zellers for many, many years. Her extended work family touched her life as she touched theirs. The family is thankful to those special girls.

 Gail was a fiercely strong and independent woman who was loved by all she met and who was able to return that love 10 fold.  

 She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. 

 "TILL WE MEET AGAIN"... that time is now here, go and be together again. 

  In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Algonquin Grace Hospice . Their dedication is astonishing. Thank you to all whom we encountered.  

 Private arrangements will be held for family and friends at a later date.

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Karen Pulsifer nee Smith
Posted: 9/16/2018 10:23:00 PM
I haven’t seen my cousin for years but she looks like I remember her. I have fun memories of Gail, Linda and I going to the Beach in Camp Petawawa:) We had such fun and that’s how I will remember her. Please take comfort in your memories of Gail too. My condolences.
Gloria Mugford
Posted: 9/16/2018 3:18:00 PM
So very sorry for the Family's loss. Gail was a delightful person to be around. Gail always had a smile and hello everytime you met her. My family always loved to see her when we went to Zellers at Electronic. Till we meet again. The Mugford family.
Jim & Lynne Wright
Posted: 9/15/2018 8:40:00 PM
My condolences to all the family & close friends. I know that Gail had a lot of good friends. We were fortunate to be friend of Gail and always enjoyed her sense of humour. Will miss you
R.I.P. with the angles and fly high.
Grant and Gail Haight
Posted: 9/15/2018 8:34:00 PM
Dear Linda, Wayne and families. We are so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. She was such a great person. She will be missed
Brenda Scott
Posted: 9/14/2018 5:52:00 PM
I had the pleasure of working with your mom in electronics for several years. She took my place in the old electronics when we moved and was awesome to work with when I came back to Zellers. Bob and I offer our condolences to the family and close friends.
Dianne Adams
Posted: 9/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of this amazing lady. The world was a better place for having her in it and she is now with Peter, watching over us . Rest in Peace, Gail, you will be missed.
Dale Wreggitt
Posted: 9/13/2018 8:12:00 PM
She holds a special place in my heart. She was a very special lady.
Gail and Grant Haight
Posted: 9/12/2018 8:26:00 PM
Dear Wayne, Linda and Families. We are so sad to hear of Gail’s passing. Our deepest sympathies
Monique Poulin
Posted: 9/12/2018 6:30:00 PM
Jamie and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Always remember the good times you had with her and the love and joy that your mom brought to everyone she met. She was greatly loved by so many and will always be missed deep in my heart.
Charlotte Lloyd
Posted: 9/12/2018 6:14:00 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember hanging out at her house in public school. She was an amazing woman and will be missed by many.
Angela Conlin
Posted: 9/12/2018 5:42:00 PM
Jamie, Staci & Peter,
So sorry about the loss of your mother and Peter your grandmother. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.
Wendy Haley
Posted: 9/12/2018 12:48:00 PM
So sorry for your loss. Gail was a special lady, friend to all & great co-worker at Zellers. She will be missed.
Posted: 9/12/2018 10:45:00 AM
Jamie I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great person and always had a smile on her face. Will be missed.
Angela Conlin
Posted: 9/11/2018 8:51:00 PM
Jamie, Staci & Peter,
So sorry for the loss of your mother & grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
joanne oke
Posted: 9/11/2018 7:27:00 PM
Jamie and Staci, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. May your memories of her comfort you. I always enjoyed the times we spent together over the years.

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