Gillan Jackson – Obituary

We at Central Presbyterian Church – Vancouver, BC are saddened to announce that Gillan Jackson passed to be with our Lord on Friday, December 29th in St. Paul’s Hospital. Gillan was a “child of the manse”, born in Ireland and moving to Harvey Station, NB as a young lad. In his time in Ottawa he was very active at St. Timothy’s PC. He was the youngest person appointed to the Assembly Council, served several terms on the Life and Mission Agency, and was on the Board, an Elder, and Trustee for many years at Central. While arrangements are still in progress we anticipate that the Memorial Service will be deferred until we can hold it in our new building (in the development of which Gillan played a key role) … not before June at the earliest, but we will be sure to provide plenty of notice. Among Gillan’s wishes was that donations in his memory would be made to Central’s Building Fund.


Rev. Jim Smith

2017-12-31T12:49:51+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Categories: Obituary|3 Comments


  1. Linda Ashfield January 9, 2018 at 10:16 am

    So sorry to hear about Gil’s passing. I have such fond memories of him when he was youth leader at St. Timothy’s PC in Ottawa and Brooke and I were youth leaders at Knox. We did some pretty amazing things together in the Presbytery back in the early 70’s. Mall Function and Solomon’s Porch were great street ministry programs with and for youth. Gil was creative a little edgy and fun. I know he was very passionate about Central’s bold step and was excited about the new building. When I attended GA in Vancouver a couple of years ago, it was great to catch up with Gil and all he could talk about was the excitement and vision and hope and dream at Central. It is indeed fitting that his Memorial Service will be held in the new space. Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Lori Ransom January 2, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Am shocked and saddened to learn of Gillan’s death. What a wonderful Spirit! I’ll always remember with gratitude how he was among the first individuals to offer advice and support to the work of Healing and Reconciliation when I began working for The PCC in 2006. Our paths would then cross regularly for a period of about five years or so and he always was eager to hear how things were going with the work and to offer encouragement. Thinking of his family and mutual friends at Central Vancouver, and elsewhere, in prayer.

    Was blessed to know Gillan and in gratitude for his life, Lori Ransom

  3. Shiela Watson White January 2, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Dear Mr. Smith,
    I just learned from a friend that Gillan Jackson had died. Gillan was a cousin of mine. My father was a Presbyterian minister in Saint Andrew’s, Fredericton when he received a letter from Gillan’s father looking to emigrate to Canada and wanting to know if my Father knew of any vacant churches. Gillan’s mother was my Father’s cousin, from Scotland. There was a vacant church within a couple of hours from us and that is where Rev. Raymond Jackson stayed for all his Canadian ministry. Gillan was a wonderful man and he will be missed by many in this world, but what a stir he will cause in Heaven now. I will be sending a donation anon in his memory but I just wanted to tell you that, as you would know, Gillan was a man, good and true.
    Yours in Christ,
    Shiela Watson White

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