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Gilbert, Donald


1965 - 2024
A Celebration of Life will be held April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 87 at 1 Summerhayes Ave in Kirkland Lake. There will be a Mass at 2:00 at Holy Name Parish. Following the mass, all are invited to return to the Legion for a luncheon to share in Donald's memory. 

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Donald Gilbert of Matachewan on April 3, 2024 at the age of 58.
Donald passed peacefully with his family by his side at the Blanche River Health in Kirkland Lake after a lengthy battle of cancer.
Donald is predeceased by his loving parents Bruno and Gemma nee (Cloutier) Gilbert, his brother Serge, sister-in-law Laura nee (Robichaud), brother-in-law Steve Timchuk, brother-in-law Dan Porteous, father-in-law Henry Sr. Batisse, and brother-in-law and Best Friend John Batisse.
Donald is survived by his loving Wife Jeanine nee (Batisse) Gilbert, Sons Zackery (Mya Saar), Nickolas (Kendall Bates) and his favorite Lil Man and Grandson Harrison as well as his fur-baby Molly.
Also left to mourn is his brothers Claude (Janet), Gaetan (Helen) and Marc (Carol), his sisters Gisele (Bob) Binkley, Suzanne Gilbert, Ann (Adrian) Boucher, Lise Gilbert, sister-in-law Lisa Batisse, brother-in-law Henry Jr. (Kayla) Batisse, several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and great nephews.
Donald was a loving husband, Father, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Donald was raised in Matachewan and in 1981 where he met his soulmate and best friend Jeanine, a true love story. Donald and Jeanine continued to reside in their hometown of Matachewan where they would raise their two handsome sons and after more than 30 years of togetherness they officially married on April 5, 2014.
Donald started his career as a Sheet Metal Installer for Industrial Cladding in 1989 where he would work for the next 25 years. His position took him to many communities across Ontario. He had a strong passion for the work as well as an amazing and cherished work family.
In 2015 Donald shifted his career and accepted a position as a miner with the Young Davison Mine in Matachewan to be closer to home and with his family.
Donald loved the outdoors he and his wife built a camp where they shared great times with their children, family and friends. He loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed just touring the back roads on his ATV.
Later Donald would hit the highway and share a passion of riding motorcycles with his wife and fur-baby Molly riding alongside him. Their rides took them across Ontario with stop overs at every Dairy Queen along the way.
Donald was a dedicated, kind and loving family man. He spent his free time teaching and taking care of the needs of his family. He spent many hours in his garage maintaining and caring for the family vehicles and ensuring his family's safety.
In January of 2022 one of his biggest treasures his Grandson Harrison gave him his honorable title "Grandpa" and he wore that title proudly becoming the Best Grandpa Ever! There was nothing in this world that would get in the way of him spending every moment possible with his grandson Harrison. There is no love like the love of a Grandpa and his Grandson, a bond that could never be broken.
If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. Until we meet again.
              Ride on My LOVE!
The Family would like to thank the Blanche River Health Care Team for their exceptional care, support and compassion during this difficult time, it certainly didn't go unnoticed. We are so grateful and would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kurki, Dr. Moore and Dr. McPherson for going above and beyond in providing the best possible medical care.
Cremation has taken place as per Donald's wishes. 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to HSN Cancer
Center in memory of Donald to the Northern Cancer Foundation by cheque (41 Ramsey Lake Rd., Sudbury, ON., P3E 5J1) or online at:

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Jeanine and family

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. We’re thinking of you and wishing you peace, comfort, strength, and lots of love during this difficult time. We’ll cherish our memories we have of Don and miss him dearly. Hugs.

Roxane and Billy, April 6, 2024

Jeanine, Zack and Nick

Sending you all my deepest sympathies at this time! He will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him. All my love xoxo

Missy, April 6, 2024

Jeanine and family

So sorry for your loss, hugs to all of you.

Diane Mckenzie, April 6, 2024

The Gilbert family

My sincere condolences to you all…. Sending you love and courage during these difficult times… xo

Kim Cloutier, April 6, 2024

Jeanine, Zack & Mya & Harrison, Nick & Kendall and little Molly

Jeanine,We started as friends and now we are Family. I was filled with profound sadness when I heard the news of Don. I had held out hope of another visit to my home so you guys could ride all over Southern Ontario on your Harleys. But mostly, I was holding out hope for Don seeing his new Grandchild on the way. I owe you and Don so much. Firstly, the boys that you two raised, who became amazing men. The wonderful man who became my son in law, thank you. To watching Zack be an outstanding husband to Mya and father my grandson Harrison, I thank you and Don.
There is so much that I will miss about Don. His quiet calm way of talking. How funny he is. The immense amount of pride in his family. Watching him get totally wrapped about Molly's little paw. But I will mostly miss looking at Don watching Jeanine. The amount of love in his eyes....
Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Love Lee & Joe

Lee & Joe Joyner, April 6, 2024

Jeannine & family

I am so sorry for your loss. Don was such an amazing person! He always had a smile on his face, no matter what he was going through. He would always say “you have to laugh about it!”
I always enjoyed my time with you both and will forever cherish the time we got to spend together. He always brightened my day!
Don was kind, funny and absolutely loved his family. He will be greatly missed.
Sending you love, light & strength

Steph Paquette, April 6, 2024


Words cannot express how my heart aches for you and your family. Donald was an amazing man. I’ll always remember his laugh and smile and cherish the wonderful and fun memories we were fortunate enough to have with him. Sending you lots of love, light and support today and always.

Leahan and phillip, April 6, 2024

Jeanine and family

Sorry for your loss our deepest condolence

Juliette and John Willard , April 6, 2024


So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Donald. I can not imagine the loss and grief you are experiencing. Know that you and your family are in my heart

Sylvia fenton, April 6, 2024

To all the Gilbert family.

With our sincere and deepest condolences to the family.

Patricia and Fred Stiles, April 7, 2024

Jeanine, Zack and Nick

So very sorry to hear of your sad loss. My boys held him in high esteem first as their friends’ dad then as a coworker. He will be greatly missed.

Maureen Widdifield , April 7, 2024

Jeanine and family.

My sympathies to you and family.

Huguette Cloutier , April 7, 2024

to all the family

my depest sympsthy to the family

francine charbonneau, April 8, 2024

to all the family

my deepest sympsthy to the family

francine charbonneau, April 8, 2024

Jeanine and family

My sincere condolences to all family and friends

Carole Charbonneau (Hotte), April 8, 2024

Jeanine and family

Please accept our prayers on the loss of a great hubby and father. Stan & Sabrina Skalecki

Stan Skalecki, April 8, 2024

Jeanine, Zach, and Nicholas

Sending you lots of love during this difficult time, and my sincere condolences.

Angele , April 10, 2024

Claude and Janet and family

My deepest condolences on the passing of your brother Donald. He will be deeply missed. May he rest in peace.

Rose Chartre, April 11, 2024

Jeanine and family

Our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
May God give you the strength to move forward on this difficult time.
The little things that you will remember... the quiet moments, the smiles, the laugher. Although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that will help to push away the pain and bring the smile back again. Treasure every memories.
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. Xox

Sylvain & Doriane Desrivières , April 11, 2024

Gilbert Family

Sorry for your lost. I worked at Alamos , had a chance to meet him, was a really nice guy. He will be missed. Deepest Condolences.
Bonny Reid

bonny reid, April 12, 2024

Donald family

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Normand and Jacinthe Lortie, April 12, 2024


Sad news, gone too soon, Condolences, jase

Jase, April 17, 2024