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Gavin Charles Himmelman


Gavin Charles Himmelman
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gavin on Saturday, June 11th 2022, at home; a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Gavin was born in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia May 25th 1949.

He was predeceased by his father, Charles and mother, Grace (Smith).

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Alma-Anne (Zwicker); children, Angela, Matthew (Heather), and Andrea (Rob) and the apples of his eyes, grandchildren, Charlie and Grace.

Gavin had a head for financials and spent much of his working career as Controller helping to grow the Oak Island Inn into the Oak Island Resort, Spa, and Convention Centre. He was dedicated to his work, but still always made time for his family. He was incredibly supportive and encouraging. He never missed a chance to make his kids feel special and faithfully attended every school concert, soccer game, track and field event, band performance, or anything else we had going on.

He loved animals and the outdoors and was always up for a road trip or adventure. He welcomed the opportunity to pass on his knowledge and love of nature, with countless youth, working his way through the Scouting system as a leader. Gavin had a lifelong love of learning; Family vacations were never complete without the obligatory visit to museum, national historic site, or simply reading every interpretive plaque on a hiking trail.

The past few weeks have been difficult, the family would like to extend their sincerest thanks to all of the staff on the Cardiac unit at the Halifax Infirmary, the ICU unit at the South Shore Regional Hospital, EHS & first responders, and the Martin’s River Volunteer Fire Department, for helping grant us a little more time and laughs with Gavin.

A funeral service will be held at AEnon Baptist Church, Chester Basin at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 18th 2022 with reception to follow. Masks will be required.

There will be a private family burial at the Western Shore Baptist Cemetery.

Family flowers only. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, Martin’s River Volunteer Fire Department or your charity of choice.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home, P.O. Box 200, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0 (902-624-8241). Online condolences may be sent to the family and obituary viewed by visiting:

Please be advised, the office of Mahone Funeral Home is not able to receive memorial donation funds at this time. Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to ae requested charity or one of your choice.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia
Park Lane Mall, Level 3
P.O. Box 245, 5657 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 3R4
Telephone: 902-423-7530
Toll free: 1-800-423-4432
Fax: 902-492-1464

Martin's River Volunteer Fire Department
Payable to: Martin's River Fire Commission
Contact: Debbie Langille
7533 NS HWY 3, Martin's River
Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
B0J 2E0

“Founded in 1883 - Serving the Community for 139 years.”
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Service Date
Saturday, June 18, 2022