GILBERTIt is with deep sadness and sorrow we announce the unexpected passing of Sheldon John Gilbert, age 47 years. Sheldon passed away suddenly in hospital, due to heart complications, on Sunday, May 5, 2002, with his family at his side.Sheldon worked as a shop supervisor for seventeen years at Avenor Paper Mill; and latterly, he was employed as a mechanical maintenance supervisor at Smurfit-Stone (formerly known as Thunder Bay Packaging). Sheldon was known for his wonderful sense of humour, and loved to see people laugh. Sheldon's most enjoyable pastime was music. He played drums in a small band, and was teaching himself how to play the electric guitar. Sheldon was amazingly creative, and could also build anything to which he set his mind. Sheldon loved camping in the summer; and, best of all, he enjoyed taking long drives with is wife Val in the country - but most of all, Sheldon's happiest times were those spent with his family.Sheldon will be forever missed by Valerie - his best friend and wife of twenty-seven years. He will also be greatly missed by his three children: Aaron, Melissa (Ryan), Leanne and grand-daughter Ashley; all of Thunder Bay. Sheldon is also survived by his parents Cameron and Anita Gilbert of Thunder Bay; his two brothers: Ron (Dana) of Thunder Bay and Darren (Bonnie) of Kingston ON, en route; mother and father-in-law George and Gabrielle Parker; three brothers-in-law in Thunder Bay: Don (Dale) Parker; Larry (Karen) Parker and Gordon (Lorraine) Parker and one brother-in-law Guy (Eladore) Parker of Windsor, ON, en route; two sisters-in-law: Georgette (Terry) Andrusky of Thunder Bay and Doris Danelisky of Kamloops, BC. Sheldon will be remembered always as a wonderful, caring uncle and friend to all of his nieces and nephews.Cremation has taken place, and a Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 8th at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Harbourview Funeral Centre, 499 North Cumberland Street, presided by Rev. Scott Gale of St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Sheldon's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.