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With his mom, dad and brother holding his hands and by his side, Harrison Trevor Gilks of Douglas, NB, passed peacefully on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital. Born on October 21, 2004, he was a son of Trevor and Sonya (Shannon) Gilks.
Harrison is survived by his younger brother, David Gilks; grandparents, Bob and Sue Shannon; special Auntie Sheri Shannon, uncle Rob Shannon and cousin Piper Shannon; Aunt Tara Green (Jason), uncles Mitchell Amos and Neil Amos; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Harrison was an inspiration to many. His smile could light up a room, his laugh could cheer anyone up. He was our sunshine on a cloudy day. He always found good in every situation and touched the lives of many with his messages of hope and encouragement through his TikTok videos, where he chronicled and shared his journey with cancer with the world. Though he could no longer do some of the things he loved such as play hockey, softball, jet skiing and tubing, rugby, skiing, mountain biking or dirt biking, he managed to get some time in the woods with his dad to go hunting this fall, then he turned his attention to travel, while he was still able. He vowed to get as many “bucket list” adventures as he could with the time he had left. Toronto to see the Leafs and Raptors, Montreal to see Jake and Canadians, New York to see the Rangers, Islanders and Knicks, Tampa to see the Lighting, and Edmonton to catch McDavid and the Oilers. Next was the Rocky Mountains, Jasper and Banff, before one last trip to Mexico with family and friends. He was determined not to let cancer get in his way. But after nearly two and a half years of a hard-fought battle, knowing he did as much as he could, knowing he was loved and strong, he said goodbye.
There will be no visitation by request. A Funeral Service will take place at Douglas Baptist Church on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 4 pm with Rev. Peter Moore officiating. The service will also be available through the church’s YouTube page (See link at www.yorkfh.com above the obituary). A Celebration of Life will follow the service at the Killarney Lake Rotary Lodge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fredericton Community Foundation- Harrison Gilks Fund. Personal condolences may be offered through www.yorkfh.com