Garnet Lyal Marks

MARKS, Garnet Lyal

June 12, 1937 – May 26, 2010


With great sadness, we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, son, brother and grandfather.


Garnet will be dearly missed by Elsie, his wife and best friend of 33 years, his sons Gordon (Donna), Arnold, and Glen (Christine) and his grandchildren Laura, Heidi, Parker, Carson and Sophie.


He will also be missed by his mother Mabel, siblings, Donna, Delmer, Sharon, and Velma and his many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


Garnet was born in Treherne, Manitoba. After high school, he worked at the CN Rail yard in Winnipeg for 10 years and later earned an Engineering Technologist diploma, which he put to use while working at Atomic Energy of Canada in Pinawa, MA. He married Ida Menard in 1967, with whom he had two sons. He moved his family to Vancouver in 1976, where he met Elsie. They were married in 1982 and lived in Richmond. Garnet worked in regulatory compliance product testing for Warnock Hersey until he retired at age 58.


Garnet loved the outdoors and moved to the Comox Valley upon retirement to pursue his many hobbies and enjoy more time with his grandchildren. He was an avid water skier in his younger years and loved to travel, downhill ski, snowmobile, camp, canoe, golf, walk, curl, cycle, and any puzzle, mind bender, or board game that came his way. He was the trail master for the Comox Volksport club, a member of the Probus club, and an associate member of the 888 RCAF Wing.


Once described as a gentle man and a gentleman, Garnet was an amicable man who valued the ties of friends and family.


The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and staff of St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Cumberland Health Centre for their loving and compassionate care.


A celebration of Garnet’s life will be held at the Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation & Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay on Friday, June 4th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Garnet’s memory to the Parkinson Society BC, Suite 600 – 890 W. Pender St., Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9