Passing of long-time member Syd Girling, Credit Valley and Essex-Kent sections

  • 23 Sep 2019 9:02 PM
    Message # 7895363

    Sydney Girling

    July 13th, 1948 - September 20th, 2019

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Syd Girling on the morning of Friday, September 20th, 2019 at the age of 71. Syd is survived by his loving spouse Wendy Girling. Cherished father of Kelly (Todd) Pollard and son Stephen (Christine) Girling. Cherished grandfather of Brody, Jordan and Madison Pollard, and Jackson and Maggie Girling. Dear son of Dorothy Jean Girling and the late father Harry Girling. Dear brother of Sharon (Ken) McMahon and their son Iain (Kira), Stephan (Debbie) Girling and their children Michael, Matthew and Allison.

    Born in Windsor in 1948, Syd obtained a Masters degree from University of Windsor before moving to the greater Toronto area and working in various governmental positions at the MNR, OPP, LLBO and AGCO before retiring and returning to Windsor. Syd’s life was filled with many passions and interests. He was an accomplished and respected musician playing, arranging and teaching the Bagpipes with numerous bands throughout Ontario, and winning the World Pipe Band Championships with the 78th Fraser Highlanders in 1987. Syd was also a passionate motorcycle enthusiast with an interest in vintage Japanese motorcycles. He was a long-time member of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group. He will be fondly remembered and missed by many in the Piping and Motorcycle community. 

    The family requests that donations in Syd’s memory be made to The Hospice of Windsor and Essex, or the Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation. 

    Wendy, Kelly and Stephen welcome family and friends to celebrate Syd’s life on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 9am until Memorial Service at 11am at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave. South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Private family interment to follow.

  • 24 Sep 2019 9:44 AM
    Reply # 7895933 on 7895363

    Very sorry to read of Syd's passing.  I had the good fortune of getting to know him as a member of the Credit Valley Section many years ago and was always impressed by his knowledge of vintage motorcycles, the quality of his restorations, and, of course, his great sense of humour.  His move back to Windsor and affiliation with Essex-Kent was a major factor in the restablishment of that section as a thriving entity within the CVMG.  I'm sure he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.    

  • 25 Sep 2019 7:53 PM
    Reply # 7901219 on 7895363

    I only new Sid for a couple of years,(Credit Valley section) always had a smile on his face,My condolences to his family .. RIP.

  • 02 Oct 2019 11:45 AM
    Reply # 7914461 on 7895363
    Daniel (Administrator)

    My wife and I are very sad to find out today of Syd's passing. We met Syd on and off at various venues and CVMG meetings while we were members of Old Fort York's Section. I can also say that he always had a smile on his face, and it was always a pleasure spending time in his company. He is gone too early, and we will miss him.

    God speed, Syd

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