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October 18, 2015

R. Grant Gilchrist of Lucknow, farmer and dedicated worker for Huron-Kinloss Township, died Oct. 18, 2015, at the age of 55. He was born Sept. 12, 1960, in Kincardine Hospital, to Bob and June Gilchrist. Before long, he found himself acting as big brother to Murray, Dale and Dan. Growing up surrounded by dairy and beef cattle helped him develop a love of farming, a strong work ethic and excellent mechanical skills. Grant did well at school and made friends easily, a trend that would continue his entire life. Despite the hectic pace of farm life, he made time to pursue his athletic interests primarily in hockey and baseball. He also enjoyed snowmobiling , riding motorcycles and even played the trombone in the school band. After high school, Grant obtained a full-time position working for Kinloss Township, plowing snow and working on road maintenance. His abilities and leadership skills eventually earned him a position as Lead Hand in Ripley when Huron and Kinloss amalgamated. He managed to continue to farm while meeting the demands of full-time employment. In 1983, Grant married the love of his life, Denise King, and they moved into the farmhouse where he was raised. Two years later, they welcomed a son, Brad, followed by a daughter Jess, in 1987. A good father, he made sure he was there to support his kids during sporting events and other milestones in their lives. Grant was also instrumental in his children developing a passion for showing cattle. His interest in the community was evident, fulfilling roles such as hockey coach and director of the Lucknow and District Co-op. His many friends knew they could count on Denise and him to be there in both the good times and the rough moments of life. In turn, they have been incredibly supportive through his battle with cancer. It goes without saying he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was the beloved husband of Denise (King). Dear father of Brad and his wife, Kristie of Lucknow, and Jess and her husband, Neil Froats of Clandeboye. Survived by his parents, Bob and June Gilchrist of Lucknow; his mother-in-law, Thelma Affleck of Lucknow; and step-mother-in-law, Darlene King of Wingham. Missed by his brothers, Dale and wife, Marilynne of Lucknow; and Dan and wife, Lorelei of Georgetown. Also survived by his brother-in-law, Rick and wife, Mag King; and sister-in-law, Michelle and husband, Cory Seguin; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother, Murray; and father-in-law, Ernie King. Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., at the Lucknow Presbyterian Church where the funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Lynne Wilson officiating. Interment South Kinloss Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers to the Lucknow 4-H Beef Club, Lucknow Minor Hockey or Community Nursing Services, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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