This was Gavin Donnelly (third from left) — an amazing community volunteer. Never had to be asked to do something. He saw something that needed doing and he just did it.   From out of nowhere Gavin would be there and in a short space of time the job was done. Gavin was the kind of volunteer every organization needs.

Gavin volunteered with Home Hospice North Lanark for several years at both our annual Tree Fundraiser and Rain Barrel Sale and along with his wife, Brenda, they volunteered with our Hike for Hospice.

One of our current Hike for Hospice volunteers remembers that years ago an email came through asking Gavin if he could walk with some of the folks from Almonte Country Haven and true Gavin style…he did.

This year Gavin volunteered with our tree campaign and on an April Saturday in spite of rain, sleet, high winds and very cold temperatures Gavin showed up.   He was sick at the time but he lugged bags of soil and pots with trees and jumped up and down off the backs of trucks to put trees in them for customers and never sat down for the entire 4 or 5 hours that we were at the garden centre. Our tree campaigns will never be the same without you, Gavin.

On behalf of myself, the Board of Home Hospice North Lanark, our Tree Committee (Peggy McPhail, Christine Bois, Ed Lawrence, Ron Ayling, Allan Goddard, Kat Fournier, Andrea Bird, Duncan Bird, Toni Surko), the Rain Barrel Sale and Hike for Hospice Committees, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Brenda and Gavin’s family. Rest in Peace Gavin. You will be truly missed.

Jan Watson
Chair – Home Hospice North Lanark