Passing of Retired Fire Chief Giff LaRose

It is with shock and profound sadness that we learn of the death of retired Fire Chief Gifford LaRose, who passed away suddenly while on vacation. Giff was a 20-year member of Hornby Island Fire Rescue and served as Chief for 15 years until his retirement in 2017.

Chief LaRose’s legacy with HIFR will be remembered as one of realized vision. Among other things, he was responsible for a network of water sources across our island, and was the driving force behind our beautiful new fire hall. Our department and the safety of our community is where it is today largely due to Giff’s vision and hard work. Aside from his incredible body of work with HIFR, he served on several community-based boards and worked hard to make our island community a better place to live.

We are devastated to hear of his passing and are holding his family and many friends—both inside and outside of the fire service—close in our thoughts.

5 thoughts on “Passing of Retired Fire Chief Giff LaRose”

  1. I am so saddened to hear of Gif’s passing. He was so dedicated to his community. Please let me know when the memorial will be.

  2. I am deeply saddened to here about Goff, he was a friend And colleague. My thoughts and prayers to you and your department and Giff’s Family.
    Rest In Peace Chief

  3. Such sad news. Deep condolences to Suzie, family, and friends. Grateful for Giff’s many years of service to this community. He will be missed.

  4. Giff was a dear friend and dive buddy who shared a special bond with many the Medicine Hat divers. We will share many great memories of time spent together and his special sense of humour.

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