January 1, 1957 – October 28, 2020
It is with deep sorrow and love that we mourn the passing of Gary Caine at age 63 following a brief but difficult battle with cancer. Gary left the stage called ‘Earth’ peacefully at home with the love of family surrounding him.
Gary will be lovingly remembered by Lorna (common law wife of 5.5 years), his daughters Meghan (‘Smiler’) and Shannon (‘Scooter’), their mother, his first wife and continued friend Rosalind, as well as by his extended family and friends.
Gary was raised in Victoria, B.C., spending 2.5 years of his youth in Nova Scotia. He received his B.Sc. in Biology and Masters Degree in Marine Biology from the University of Victoria. He and Rosalind moved to the Comox Valley in 1990 when he began his long and dedicated career as a Senior Biologist with the BC Government before retiring.
Gary lived an adventurous life setting the sails the way he chose. He had many interests including figure skating (Victoria Racquet club/ Canadian National Jr. team), Music (guitar and singing), woodworking, and later in life he discovered a love for theatre starting with set building for his daughters dance and theatre shows, and then taking to the stage himself ( Rainbow Youth Theatre and Courtenay Little Theatre). He was also an actor for the award winning Island Health Dementia Video series.
Although theatre enriched Gary’s last years in life, his greatest passion was to be on the ocean. He spent many years sailboat racing out of the Victoria Yacht club, and had several different boats when living in the Comox Valley. He often said he felt beached without a boat, and felt most at peace when on the water.
A man of great intelligence, attention to detail, stubbornness, courage, great sense of humour and many talents, Gary had immense adoration and pride for his daughters. He will be deeply missed and live forever in their hearts, and all those who knew him.
Gary was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Nellie, and his sister Lynn.
A gathering to honour his life will be held a later date.
In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the BC Cancer Society or a local theatre company.
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