Gayle Thomas

1944 - 2019

Gayle Anne Thomas – of South Bruce Peninsula, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 at BPHS - Wiarton Hospital at the age 75. Born in Maryborough Township near Moorefield, to Frank and Bessie Thomas (nee Burk), she was the second oldest of five children; Bill, Marie, Victor and Colleen. Gayle lived most of her life on the Bruce Peninsula. Raised at Red Bay at Wildwood Lodge, she graduated high school in Wiarton and Teachers College in Stratford. She taught Physical Education and Health at Meaford High School and coached many a team after teaching classes. Following that she had a Children's Ranch call The Diamond Sierra at Red Bay. Then 40 years ago she opened the Bruce Beckons Antique Shop ~ "A step into the past". Since 1979 many families and friends have made the journey to see her, the animals and her incredible offerings of goods hospitality and history. She was even given an award from the Niagara Escarpment for her beautiful and historical place. Friends are invited to a Memorial Gathering to celebrate Gayle’s life from the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, 272 Berford St., Wiarton (519) 534-5341 on Thursday July 25, 2019 from 2-4 PM, with a Time of Sharing at 3 o’clock. Donations to the BPHS Foundation (Wiarton) would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed online at

Gail will be remembered for her kind gracious manner; her love of animals; and the tons of bird food she faithfully put out over the years! Such an impact she has made on this community that one woman described her as a local icon and a road has been named after her. "Beckons Lane" is a magical spot to visit. I'm sure for many years to come we will remember how she beckoned us all into the past and shared the peacefulness and history of her beautiful space!

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