Garry passed away peacefully in Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC after a lengthy illness on September 26, 2015.
Garry is predeceased by mother Dorothy, father Francis, brother Douglas, and foster brother Bobby
He is survived by his wife Lucille, brother Ken (Judy), foster sister Virginia (Wayne), son Bill (Jessica), son Kevin (Janet), grandson Nick (Megan), grandson Jeff, granddaughter Emily and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
Garry was born in Queen Charlotte City and raised in Tlell, on the Queen Charlotte Islands.
He attended school in Port Clements, then St. George’s Boarding School in Vancouver and eventually UBC. He was an active logger and fisherman on the QCI. In April, 1965 the family moved to the Comox Valley, where he owned and operated a convenience store and a sporting goods store. He worked at Central Builders for a time before becoming a school bus driver.
Garry was a volunteer for many organizations. He was a member of the Kinsmen club and became the Deputy Governor. He served on the board of directors for the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation and the Senior Peer Counsellors. He was a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church. Garry was a long time councillor for the town of Comox. He organized many activities in the Valley and was always ready with a big “Yes” whenever he was called upon.
Garry was an active curler and enjoyed playing horseshoes. He loved to camp and belonged to the Comox Valley RV club. For many years he travelled to Arizona during the winter.
Prayers will be offered from Christ the King Roman Catholic Church (1599 Tunner Avenue, Courtenay) on Friday, October 2nd at 7pm, followed by viewing. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Marek Paczka, also at Christ the King on Saturday, October 3rd at 11:00am. Tea to follow. Following cremation, private family interment will take place at Courtenay Civic Cemetery.
Flowers gratefully declined. For those wishing, donations in Garry’s memory made to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.