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Frederick "Earle" Kilner


February 28, 1939

Toronto, Ontario


August 1, 2022

Sarnia, Ontario


Earle Kilner
On August 1, 2022, Earle Kilner passed away peacefully at Afton Park Place, surrounded by his family. Born in Toronto on February 28, 1939, Earle spent his childhood in a number of towns and cities across Ontario. He moved to Montreal to study at Sir George Williams College (now Concordia University). He met his wife, Gail, to whom he was married for 60 years, at St Andrews United Church in St. Laurent, Quebec. Earle came to Sarnia to teach in 1961. He taught at Northern (1961-66), SCITS (1966-69), and the rest of his career at St. Clair (1969-1998). He loved being a teacher and lived for coaching, including basketball, football, cross-country, and track & field. He also coached with the SMAA soccer league for many years. Earle had a deep love for Sarnia and was very involved in the community and the United Church. He was one of the first chairs of council at Grace United and was involved with numerous committees at Grace over the years, especially the outreach committee, and AOTS (As One That Serves). He was also a Cub leader for many years. Additionally, he was a key leader with the paper drive at Grace United, which ultimately led to the arrival of a recycling program here in Sarnia. Earle served as President of the Board at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton for over a decade, and spear-headed the church to partner with Community Living to use the old manse as a home for respite care. He was a founder of the Mayor’s Breakfast (now Mayor’s Luncheon) through Community Living. Earle also served as a director with St. Clair Tae Kwon Do. Earle’s contributions to his profession and to our community has led to many awards and recognitions: He received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002, was recognized in the Sarnia-Lambton Sports Hall of Fame for long-term commitment to youth in sports, was on the Mayor’s Honour List, and, in recent years, received the Hero’s Award from Community Living for making a difference in our community advocating for people with disabilities. Earle had a lifelong fascination with trains. He traveled from coast to coast by train in Canada and did the same when he traveled to visit family in southern Australia in 2010. Earle and Gail Kilner are well known for having adopted 10 children and raising a family of 13, many of whom are following in their parents' footsteps in the community. The eldest of five children himself, Earle was predeceased by his parents, Mildred and F. Stanley, and brothers Edward and Larry. He is survived by sisters Margaret and Rosemary. He is also survived by sister-in-law Marlene (Wayne predeceased), brother-in-law David (Claire), and their children. Earle’s legacy continues to live on in his children Heather, Glenn (Jackie), Kirsten (Tom), Craig, Mark, Trent (Lia), Josh (Carrie-Lynne), Kylee, Meghan (Mark), Ami (Kyle), Mandy, Adam, and Ian. He will be missed by his grandchildren Zach, Jared, and Logan; Keegan, Cali, Camden, and Lily-Gail; Ashleigh, Abbey-Gail and Brett; Kobe and Kaden; Lucas; Maddie, Brandon, and Trevor; Claudia; Leeland, Aliana, and Elijah; and great-grandchildren Liam and Kennedy Snake. Earle’s family would like to thank the staff at Afton Park Place for their kindness and care during his final stages with Alzheimer’s. Cremation has taken place and a gathering to celebrate Earle’s life will take place at Dunlop Central United Church 757 Rosedale Ave, Sarnia, ON, on Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 2- 4 pm. All are welcome. In celebration and honour of Earle’s life and his values. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in "Earle’s Guestbook” at Donations can be made to Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, the Mission & Service Fund at Grace United Church, or the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia-Lambton. "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them." Psalm 127: 3-5.

Visitation & Services

2 - 4 pm

No Visitation

Celebration of Life

Sunday August 14, 2022

Dunlop Central United


Lakeview Crematorium


Masks are requested for entry to McCormack Funeral Home.


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Please accept my sincerest condolences. Earle was a great man and have touched so many lives through out his life.
Don Fillion

Adam and family…So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Always so difficult to lose a parent. My condolences to everyone.
Donna Wright-Pickell

Kristy & Family, sending you our condolences on your father's recent passing. He was loved and respected by his family and community. He will be missed. Thinking of you during this difficult time, hugs!
Shelley & Todd Kern

To the entire Kilner family. Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Earle. We were witness to the professionalism he showed in his career. Earle led by example. He was a wonderful person to know.
Dave and Janet Greenwood

On behalf of Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, please accept our deepest condolences. Earle was a leader in our community for many years, dedicated to making life better to those with intellectual and other disabilities and their families. He accomplished so much, and is missed by all. Additionally, Paul and I truly valued Earle as a friend and colleague in church and community, and send our heartfelt sympathy to Gail and all the family.
Lorna Cooper

The Kilner Family, I/we were saddened to learn that Mr. Kilner had passed away. He lived a remarkable life that touched and impacted the lives of many people. We were gifted with his presence and greatly blessed! May God give you peace to soothe you, grace to hold you, and love to comfort you. We are holding you in our hearts and in our prayers. Warmly, David Van Patter and your Brothers and Sisters at Camlachie United Church.
David Van Patter (Camlachie United Church)

Even after half a century I still remember "Earle the Pearl". Mr. Kilner was a dedicated, kind and compassionate teacher, even to this decidedly non-athletic gym student. RIP Earle.
Phil Greenwood

Gail and family our sincere condolence with the passing of Earle. Being neighbors for 49 years are thoughts are with during this time. We had so many chat's over the years . John and Bev de Veer
John and Bev de Veer

To Gail and all of your family, My deepest sympathies to all of you on Earle's passing. I am not back in southern Ontario until the end of August and I am very grateful to friends who send me the obituary. Such a good, kind, giving and caring man. You will miss him so very much. He was so dedicated to all of his family, to his community and to his school and students. May your good memories sustain you through these difficult times. Thinking of you Ruth ( Illman)
Ruth Illman

Mrs Kilner and family - we are saddened to hear about Mr Kilner's passing. Our families have been neighbours for a long time, but it was interesting to see all the things he was involved in. You all will miss him dearly.
Nancy Ravenhorst

Thinking of all of you at this difficult time, have many memories of Earle and Larry together, Gordon and I are sending love, thoughts and prayers to you, stay strong, Love all you guys, HUGS.
Edna Kilner

Our love and prayers are with you all. I know I am a better person for having known Mr. Kilner and thank you for the imprint you have left with me.
Wayne Archer

Sending my deepest condolences to the family! Love and prayers for all!
Pam Plain

In the Kilner family, Adam is who I personally know. All I can say is if only a small part of Earle’s character shines through in Adam’s character, it would make Earle a larger than life type of man. I wish we could have met him. Reading about the numerous ventures Earle accomplished for Sarnia is inspiring. We are so thankful that our family can be friends with one of his 13 true accomplishments in his children. God bless!
Julie Miller & Family

Dear Adam and Family Thinking of you at this time of sorrow. May all your wonderful memories of you loved one, husband, father Grandfather help you at difficult time. Cathy And George Haldenby
Cathy Haldenby

Earle was a One of a Kind, "Special" Person.He was so humble .. so giving , a great Role Model. We were Blessed that he came into our life.
Del & Donna Wolsey

Adam, Abbey and Family I can imagine the days you’ve been experiencing, with the grief that has been coming in waves….laughter, both slow and raging streams of tears, of when your chest puffs out when others speak of how awesome he was (because you know this so well…) and of the emptiness that sometimes creeps in, reminding you of finality. I pray that you are held by the God we know as good and loving and comforting. I’m so so sorry for this most significant loss to your lives. Love Pam
Pam Brown

Condolences to Gail and family and friends. May Earle RIP after his illness.
Elaine Boyd

Gail and family - My condolences. He was a truly fine person.
Bob Newman