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Gail Marilyn Urbanic (nee Bishop)

1945 - 2020

Obituary of Gail Marilyn Urbanic (nee Bishop)

Gail Marilyn Urbanic (nee Bishop)
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on August 8, 2020 in Niagara Falls, Ontario at the age of 75. Loving spouse of 48 years to Vincent, and mother of Lisa Davies (Ian Davies), Kevin Urbanic (Jane Challen Urbanic) and Robert Urbanic (Kellie McCormack). Missed Nana to her grandchildren; Jake and Beau, Katelyn and Emily, Ainsley and Liam. Remembered by her sister, Brenda Wawrinty (Ron Wawrinty), her many extended family members, friends as well as her two cats Roxy and Max.

Gail was born in Montreal on June 2, 1945 to Bill and Hazel Bishop. She eventually found her way to St. Catharines where she met the man of her dreams, Vince Urbanic, in 1970. After a brief long-distance courtship with Vince that relied on rotary dial phones and written letters, Gail set out to join her future husband to start a new life of their own in the small (but vibrant) town of Deep River, Ontario. It was there that they put down their roots and became entrenched in the community, developing many long-standing friendships. It was during her time in Deep River that Gail had the fortune of raising her amazing family and providing her children the best childhood a kid could ask for.

Her love of food and cooking will always be remembered, as she always ensured that her family was together around the dinner table to enjoy one of her delicious meals. She was known for her vibrant personality and beautiful spirit. Gail was often the life of the party and usually the one to bring people together to have a little fun. For those who participated in the ever so popular ‘Bruce Parties’ in Deep River or the infamous ‘Hat Party’ at their winter residence in Florida, Gail was often the party planner behind the scenes ensuring you had an evening to remember.

Gail is described by her friends as someone who was kind and generous, and as someone you could rely on to talk through your problems. She had an extraordinary love for helping those around her, especially her beloved family, friends, and members of the community. Later in life, Gail and Vince said goodbye to Deep River and moved to Niagara Falls where they could be closer to family. She quickly immersed herself into the community and developed many more lasting memories and friendships. Gail will be forever missed by everyone that knew her.

Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-354-2133) has been entrusted with arrangements. Gail’s family would like to thank the many medical professionals and personal support workers who kept her comfortable during her last few months. Gail’s family would especially like to thank all of her close friends and neighbours for always being there to support her.

As per Gail’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will take place at a later date when COVID 19 restrictions have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to one of the following organizations: The Deep River and District Hospital via the Deep River and District Hospital Foundation, where Gail devoted her 20+ year career, or the YWCA Niagara Region where Gail was an active supporter of the Women’s Addiction Recovery Mediation (WARM) program. Online condolences may be shared to Gail’s tribute page at EssentialsNiagara.com.

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Bob and Pierrette Tapp
3 years ago

Our sincere condolences to Vince, Lisa, Kevin, Robert and the Urbanic family. RIP Gail.

Dianne and Parker Gratto
3 years ago

Vince and family…Parker and I send you all our deepest condolences…we only heard about Gails passing today…she will forever remain in our memory…we had many good times together…rest in eternal peace our dear friend.

Rick Holt
3 years ago

To Vince and family: I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You have my condolences.

Doreen Clements
3 years ago

Vince and family, I’m so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rico Giardini
3 years ago

Vince, Lisa, Kevin, Rob and families. We are so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. God bless!
Rico and Anne Giardini

Peggy Bélanger & Tom O'Kane.
3 years ago

To Vince, Lisa, Kevin and Rob we are sad and share your sorrow. To think that our Gail is gone is hard to grasp as she embraced life for all it had to offer. She always had new ideas to make life fun and interesting either her love of music “concerts” crafts, cooking, gardening, fashion. But above all Gail was a true friend caring, sincere “authentic” with a big 💗. Throughout the so many years we have shared with Vince and Gail and family many happy events to be cherished forever.
To Gail: I was so fortunate to have you as a friend. i will miss you.

Dan Vachon
3 years ago

Vince and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Gail was such a firecracker and so very full of joie de vie and inspired everyone around her to do the same. What a wonderful person.
My deepest sympathies

Thomas Campney
3 years ago

Vince: I have been thinking of you ever since I learned of your loss early this morning. I doubt that much can be said to heal the wound but over time family and friends can certainly aid in the process. I wish you the very best in the difficult days ahead. Tom Campney

Albert de Laat
3 years ago

Hello Vince and family. So sorry to hear the news this morning. Ours prayers are with you.

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Debbie Olmstead/Baillie
3 years ago

To Vince, Lisa, Kevin and Robert….I am so very sorry. Gail was a huge part of our family, always there and willing to help. Much love from the Olmstead’s and Baillie’s.

Bill Murphy
3 years ago

To Vince and Family , Charlene And I send our sincere condolences , out thoughts and prayers are with all of you ! Charlene and Bill Murphy from Woodbrook Florida ( via Ottawa )

Chris Arcand
3 years ago

So sorry to hear of Gail’s passing
Had alot of fun with her in Florida
Thinking of you and your family
at this difficult time
Chris and Merrill

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christine weston
3 years ago

to uncle vince and family im so sorry to hear about gail you 2 are the only last living relatives from helens side of my family my heart goes out to you and the family always in my heart christine weston

Basil and Diane
3 years ago

Vince and Family,
Just got word of Gail’s passing. Our sincere condolences for your loss.

Charlotte Dorland-Konkle
3 years ago

Dear Vince & family – I was so sorry to read about Gail’s passing. I didn’t know her but from what I have been reading about her, I know I would have liked her. My thoughts and prayers are going out to you at this sad time.

Philippe Schinck
3 years ago

I wish you my most sincere sympathies to you and all your family. My thoughts are with you 🙏


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