Although Gilbert had no intention of making a career of his first job – for the Imperial Bank of Commerce – he worked in banking for 37 years. He travelled to Yukon; San Francisco, Cal.; Alberta; North West Territories; Winnipeg; and Frankfurt, Germany. He took pride in helping new farmers and businesspeople get a good start. His church activities included singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, chairing the church, working on finance committees at the local and national church levels and serving the Mennonite Foundation. Gilbert and Anne fostered children in addition to their 4. After losing Anne, Gilbert married Joy. They enjoyed 31 years, living in Calgary, Langley and Abbotsford, B.C., and travelling together.