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Obituary for Celia McGillicky (Tessier)

Celia McGillicky

1934 – 2023

Surrounded by the love of her family, Celia McGillicky passed away at the age of 89 years on December 21/23 at the Estevan Regional Nursing Home. 

Celia was born on March 27,1934 in Gladmar, Saskatchewan to Maurice and Alice Tessier. She was one of seven siblings and at the age of two the family relocated to Estevan, Saskatchewan. She attended school in Estevan and after attending school she briefly moved to Manitoba to work in a little manufacturing facility sewing. After a year she then moved to Ontario and attended night school taking typing classes. With these newly acquired skills she obtained a job as a secretary in an office, and she resided in this position for 5 years. Around 1955 she relocated back to Estevan, Saskatchewan and worked at the General Hardware store for 5 years. During these five years, this is when she met her husband George and they proceeded to be married in 1959. They began their life together and started a family. Later as the children grew older, she re-entered the work force and worked alongside her husband George in his business at Coulter & McGillicky. They worked side by side until the day they both retired in 1996. When Celia was a young girl, she enjoyed playing basketball and loved the sport. As she grew older, her children became her next passion, and she turned her interests to baking and cooking. When her children would come home from school, they would be met by “Mom”, with fresh baked buns and bread. This commitment and love for her family continued throughout her life. Sadly, at the age of 85 years, her husband George passed on. 7 years later she was re-united with her husband, but she will forever be missed by her loving family left behind. 

Celia is survived, and will be lovingly remembered, by her six children; Randy (Sheila) McGillicky and children Christopher (Casstdy) McGillicky, Tyson (Tatum) McGillicky and Kyle (Danielle) McGillicky; Darcy (Jackie) McGillicky and children, Kelcy McGillicky (Nick Leptich) and Nolan McGillicky (Shay Humeniuk) ; Kevin McGillicky and son Karl (Josie) McGillicky; Lesa (Warren) Carriere and children, Meagan and Stephanie Carriere; Lori McGillicky (Rick Cruickshank) and children Darren (Madison) and Paige (Harley); and Denise (Darrin) Brooks and children, Bailey (Kaegan) Ozog, Riley and Sydney Brooks; daughter-in-law Gaylene McGillicky  and children, Christie (Luiz Sousa), Cory (Kristy) McGillicky and Jodi (Carey) Beitel; 23 great grandchildren as well as numerous other family members. 

Celia was predeceased by her husband George McGillicky, her son Guy McGillicky, her great grandson Charlie Leptich in infancy: her parents, Maurice and Alice Tessier (Dupuis); George’s parents, Roy and Pauline McGillicky; her 6 siblings, Phil, Henry, Armand, Everett, Bernadette and Dominic.

A Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, SK with Rev. Thuy Nguyen presiding. A luncheon was held in the church auditorium following the service. 

A video recording of the Funeral Mass is available using this link: click here.

Those so wishing may make memorial donations in Celia’s name to the Estevan Regional Nursing Home Auxiliary, 1921 Wellock Rd., Estevan, SK S4A 2B5.

Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to Celia’s family – Yvonne Clark, Funeral Director.