March 15, 1944 to June 8, 2018
Gary passed away peacefully in his 75th year at the Mississauga Hospital on June 8, 2018. He was born in Listowel on March 15, 1944. He was predeceased by his parents, Elwood and Olive. Loving father to Nolan (Alyson) and Curtis. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, his brother Ross (Kathy) and his sisters Gail and Frances (Dennis). Gary grew up on a farm in Elma Township where he began the pursuit of his passions for writing and music. He started as a Photo Journalist and left as a District Editor with the Stratford Beacon Herald. During this time, he played alto saxophone and keyboard with the Revised Edition. He then moved north to Temiskaming where he farmed 160 acres while producing cream for the local buttery. He continued writing for community papers and performing live music. Gary began his long career with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture while up north and retired from the OFA as their Media Relations Coordinator. In retirement, he loved watching the news and listening to jazz music when he wasn’t out on the road visiting his favourite restaurants and taking photos of the nature around him. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life gathering will be held at the Elma Memorial Community Centre, 251 Main Street, Atwood on Saturday July 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will take place at a later date. The family would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Mississauga Hospital for the compassion and care given to Gary. As expressions of sympathy, donations to: Canadian Diabetes Association PO Box 1224 STN K Toronto, ON M4P 9Z9 or The Arthritis Society 809 Victoria Street N. Unit 7 Kitchener, ON N2B 3C3 would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged by calling the funeral home or returning to the Current Funerals page and clicking on the Make a Donation link. Please forward your cheque directly to the charity of choice at the above address.