Gilbert Lawrence Durda

July 17, 1943 - January 31, 2023
February 27, 2023 25 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

The family of Gil Durda is deeply saddened to announce his passing at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 79 years with Aaron, Melanie, and Gloria by his side.

Gil was predeceased by his parents (Audrey & Vincent), brothers (Stewart & Sherman), and sisters (Margaret & Sharon).

He was survived by his children (Aaron & Melanie), brothers (Herb & Don), and sisters (Debi, Marion & Cynthia.) Gil's greatest joy aside from Gloria was his four grandchildren. Melanie's two sons (Gavin & Will) and Aaron's two daughters with Antionette (Isabella & Ava). He will also be mourned by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gil did not want a funeral but there will be a celebration of his life for family and friends at a later date.

  1. I will miss you for the rest of my life Dad.

  2. Dear Gloria and Gil’s family. I am deeply saddened for your loss. I hope you find him smiling and being his ever loving mischievous self every day and that it eventually becomes a most natural and welcome treasure. Jody

    • Dearest Jody. You always know the words to heal. Thank you my dear friend💕

  3. I cannot imagine the pain and heartache you’re feeling. I am praying for your peace and comfort. Big hugs to you and your family.

  4. Daughter Number 4,
    Our hearts hurt for you and we are so sadden to learn of your Dad’s passing. There are no words to heal your heart but know we are so thinking of you and sending all the hugs we have. You have wonderful memories to warm your heart.
    Love you,
    Nick and Sue.

  5. It saddens our hearts to hear of Gil’s passing. He will be greatly missed. The banter that we shared every time he came into the yard or on the street was epic. Will always remember his comments when I charged him .75 for eating my tomatoes. RIP our friend
    Elly & Rob Van Dyk
    Rev Automotive

  6. Thinking of the five wonderful years we shared brings joy rather than sorrow, laughter rather than tears and memories to cherish always. Love you forever, Sweetheart 💝

  7. Gil Durda, definitely someone who influenced my life. His one of a kind humour and his ability to speak the hilarious truth in so many situations. You will be missed! Rip Gil

    • He thought highly of your abilities, Chris. Thanks

  8. From the Gordica family, our condolences to Melanie, Aaron and others in Gil’s family. We are sorry for your loss. We got to know Gil better over the last 5 years as he was a constant companion for Gloria. It gladdened us that they made each other happy and laughed together, a lot. There was never a dull moment when Gil was around – always full of stories, comments, suggestions, questions and quips, and with that twinkle in his eye. We will miss that.

    • Thanks Brad! You got to know the best of him as your mom brought that out of him. Look forward to seeing you and the family.

  9. Dear mother Gloria – we know that you know, that our thoughts and love have been with you throughout.

    • My blessings forever❣️

  10. So sorry to Gloria and to Gil’s family. May he rest easy.

    • Dear Ember. How he loved to visit your mom, Florence, at the store. He teased her and insulted her…she did the same back to him. Good times…good memories. Much love to all😍

  11. You picked the perfect picture of Gil. He looks like he’s put in a hard day’s work and now is ready to have fun with friends. Work hard, play hard – a good motto to live by.

    I’m thankful for the fun and laughs Gil and Mom had together. Cards were played every morning, rain or shine. Scores were kept and there was great delight in telling others who was the winner that day. Watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy ended the day. Mom said they were pretty good at shouting out answers for Wheel of Fortune but were pretty quiet when it came to answers for Jeopardy because they didn’t know many!

    Memories to cherish but a longing to pick up the phone one last time to say hello. Aaron and Mel and families and Mom, may Jesus keep you and ease every heartache with comfort and peace.

    • As always, your words bring comfort Sweetheart. Thank you. Mom❣️

    • Thanks Carrie! 💜

  12. Jean and Bob Rycroft and family are so sorry for your loss Gil was a lot of fun and always had a great time with him Thank Tou

    • Thanks Bob! Lots of great memories at the rink and golfing, Now that we’re older I can truly appreciate you old cats overlooking the trouble we kids would get into😊

  13. Aaron, Melanie and Gloria. I’m very sorry for your loss. I will always remember ‘Uncle’ Gilly for the fun times we had. A wicked sense of humour, a hard worker, always great conversation, the advice he gave to all of us Clairmont punks when we asked, and sometimes a dressing down if we deserved it. He was always so proud of his family. And his garden! My favourite Gil quote when discussing religion and evolution. “You may have come from a monkey Morrison but I sure the fk didn’t! ”
    Thanks for the memories Gil and may you rest in peace.

    • Dearest Brad. How Gil enjoyed his visits to Mainline. You can’t believe how happy He was when he came
      Home laughing and saying…wait fo it…”I cooked Brad good Today!” You made his day many times💕

  14. I would like to send my heartfelt condolences to Gloria and Gil’s family at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow. Love Val

    • Love you my friend. Thank you
      For your support 💕

      • PS. You know how much
        Gil enjoyed your visits as you could give it back to him as good (or as bad 😊) as he gave it to You💕

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