Dustin Gilligan known by many as Dusty, a member of St. Raphael’s Old Catholic Church, passed away on October 19, 2021, as per a statement by his family.
Dustin Gilligan Married Naomi Girard in 2009
Dustin Gilligan married his wife, Naomi Girard on August 8, 2009. The wedding of Dustin, a member of St. Raphael’s Old Catholic Church, was celebrated exactly one year after he proposed to his fiancée, Naomi Girard. Fr. Jürgen Schmode officiated at the wedding and had previously officiated at the funerals of his grandmother and his grandfather. Dustin, his brother Ted, and his aunt Theresa nee Gilligan were all baptized and confirmed at St. Raphael’s Old Catholic Church on Easter 2008.
Dustin owned Roadhouse Landscaping and looked after the yard of the Church. He leaves behind his wife Naomi, and sons Jaxon and Bohen as per a GoFundMe page.
Dustin Gilligan GoFundMe
A GoFundMe page has been created by Sheri Girard on behalf of Naomi Gilligan in response to an overwhelming outpouring of support from friends and family who have asked, “What can we do to help?”
The crowdfunding page reads,
“Our son-in-law, Dustin (Dusty) Gilligan’s sudden and tragic passing on October 19th, 2021 has rocked the worlds of all who knew and loved him. Dusty leaves behind his wife Naomi, and sons Jaxon and Bohen.
We have launched this GoFundMe campaign in response to an overwhelming outpouring of support from friends and family who have asked, “What can we do to help?”
No donation is too small, and all will be deeply appreciated to assist the family’s financial future.
Mike and Sheri Girard”
Dustin Gilligan Death & Cause
Dusting passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, as per a statement by his family.
Randall Mang confirming his death wrote a heartfelt tribute that reads,
“A tribute to the late Dustin Gilligan, RIP
We met Dustin Gilligan for the first time in July 2006 Our family was gathered at my sister and brother-in-law’s cottage on Keats Island. We had been told that my wife Louise Girard-Mang’s then 21-year-old niece Naomi Gilligan was bringing her new boyfriend, a man nearly 10 years her senior. A biker. “tattoo” man. We were braced for an intervention.
Instead, we instantly fell in love with Dusty. His genuine warmth, positive energy, and rapid-fire style of conversation was captivating. It was like he couldn’t express his enthusiasm and views fast enough. It was also abundantly apparent he was falling over the moon in love with Naomi.
For us, the experience was a solid reminder that prejudice is a human inclination best suppressed. It was also the spark of a 15-year relationship with a man loved and respected by virtually all who had the good fortune to know him.
Dusty was the real deal. And like all of us, Dusty had his struggles. Like very few people, however, he demonstrated the courage to face his challenges head-on. Over the years, Dusty pursued a relentless mission of self-awareness and -improvement – spiritually, physically, and emotionally. He did the work. And like just about everything he set his mind to, he did a spectacular job.
One hundred percent laser-focused on his family, Dusty proved to be a hardworking and amply capable provider, a dedicated and loving husband, and a fully and actively engaged father of his two young boys Jaxon and Bohen.
When it came to his friends and extended family, he was a model of selflessness and generosity. A pinnacle of Dusty’s lifelong passion for motorcycles was born this past August when he took an inaugural ride on his latest creation: a handcrafted custom-built orange-on-black Harley Davidson. It was spectacular: an ultra-high-performance work of machine art brought to life by a true master. I feel exceedingly fortunate to have had the chance to personally compliment him on his artistry and craftsmanship.
Louise and I were honoured that he had made the bike’s inaugural ride, accompanied by Naomi and his dear brother-in-law Jason on their own motorcycles, to our place in Sidney. We enjoyed a memorable weekend together celebrating life and one another’s good company. Who could have imagined then that it would be our last time all together.
At the time of his sudden and deeply tragic passing on Oct 19, 2021, I think it’s fair to say Dusty was truly living the best version of himself – a giant of man, a street-smart and caring soul with an indelibly positive nature, and a spirited and accomplished motorcycle enthusiast to the end.
All of us on this earth will die eventually. While there is no complete consolation to be found in Dusty’s sudden passing, I take tremendous solace knowing that Dusty had achieved what many only dream of: he was living a life true to his nature. A life far too short, but unquestionably well-lived.
Our hearts go out to Naomi, his sons Jaxon and Bohen, to Dusty’s parents Ted and Linda Gilligan, his brother Ted Jr, as well as all his close friends and extended family members who share our profound loss.
We will forever remember, love you and miss you, brother.”