December 13, 1943 – July 22, 2022
Garry was a young wild boy raised in North Vancouver who grew up into a lifetime of giving of himself to his country through the military, to the homeless, and to his family and friends.
As his doctor best described it; Garry glided into an Air Force Hangar on Friday, July 22/2022 to be with everyone who had “passed up” before him.
His favourite mug described Garry: If Papa can’t fix it no one can. He always said: “I can fix anything from a broken heart to the crack of dawn.”
He will be remembered for all his stories of adventure around the world, from falling in love at first sight, on a train, with his wife of 50 years; to 2 Peacekeeping tours; stories of fishing and crabbing across Canada, and all the jokes told around the table and campfires. He made us all laugh everyday.
Thanks for being you, Garry. We would not have wanted you any other way.
His grandchildren (Lilly and Lyla) will always remember Papa for his bedtime fishy kisses. His twin daughters (Selena and Rebecca) will always remember what he taught them: to live off the land, mind their P’s and Q’s, and be tougher than boys. Garry welcomed Chris, his son-in-law, into the family 25 years ago and again when Chris and his family moved back into his home to help for his last few years.
We all know that a true gardener like Garry will certainly return to seed.
A Celebration Party for Garry will be held in August at Air Force Beach, Lois and Garry’s second home.
Donations in Garry’s name are welcome to the Alzheimer’s Society.
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