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Gale Elliott Celebration of Life


The family of Gale Elliott would like to invite you to a celebration of Gale’s life. Gale passed away on May 10th, 2021. The celebration will be held on Monday August 23rd, 2021 at Canisius Hall at The University of Sudbury at 5:30pm. There will be a prayer and eulogies until 6:00 followed by a light meal and refreshments.

In loving memory of Gale Elliott (nee Thomas) who passed away May 10th in Sudbury with her family by her side, aged 81. Beloved wife of Dr. John Elliott (deceased). Gale was born to Ruth (Hamor), of Philadelphia and Joe Thomas (of Yorkshire) in Montreal. Loving mother of four sons; Gregory, Mark, Steven (Sandra Bond) and Christian (Linda Ecclestone). Special Nan to Liam, Alexandra, Quinn, William and Elizabeth. She leaves behind brother Duncan (Anne) of North Vancouver, David (Donna) of North Carolina, and dear sister, Bonnie (Bob) of Whitby.
Gale received her BSC in Nutrition from MacDonald College, McGill University. She interned in Dietetics at The Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Her food management training was with Stouffer Foods in Cleveland. She worked and taught at Michigan State University. In 1970, John got a position at Laurentian University so they moved their young family to Sudbury where Gale became an active member of the community. She taught one of the earliest classes on microwave cooking at Cambrian College. Gale and John both enjoyed good food, they helped create an International Dinner Club that lasted many years.

While raising four boys, she started work as a Nutritionist at the Sudbury District Health Unit. For 23 years, Gale focused on community nutrition, in particular food security (especially for the under-privileged) and health promotion.

Gale was a hard working enthusiastic grass roots community builder. She chaired the Co-operative Preschool Council which set up 17 licensed nursery schools in 18 months. She served on numerous boards including; Meals on Wheels, Inner-city Home, Canadian Mental Health Association, Social Planning Council, Heart Health Focus Project and Ontario Public Health Associations. As well as, Gale was a founding member of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish at the University of Sudbury. She left her community a better place.

Gale was a kind and compassionate woman especially with her grandkids. She only giggled when they got up to mischief. Her warm and caring personality was infectious.

A special thanks to Dr. Tom and Sarah Creighton. The family would also like to thank the amazing staff at St. Joseph’s Villa for their love, kindness and compassion - it will not be forgotten.
A celebration of life will be held once restrictions are lifted. Donations made directly to the Blue Door Cafe (, or to the St. Joseph’s Villa Capital Campaign (