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Born: Mar 06, 1968

Date of Passing: Sep 12, 2022

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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, Gary (AKA Pook). Born on March 6, 1968, passed peacefully on Monday, September 12, 2022 at home in his favourite chair. He left us way too soon and with broken hearts.
He was predeceased by his mom Joy, in 1984, and brother Wayne, in 1972. He leaves to mourn his dad Gord; sisters, Karen (Wes) and Sandy; nephews, Nic (Kathy), Brendan (Shannon) and Zac; and niece Emily.
Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., at Voyage Funeral Home, 220 Hespeler Ave., Winnipeg. To leave condolences and share memories please visit his page at
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Society, The Kidney Foundation, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Rest in pain free peace Pook. Always remembered with love and laughter.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Gary was a very kind man. Every time I saw him he had a smile of his face. I will miss our chats, phone calls and of course the few texts we shared. Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed. - Posted by: Melanie Peters (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2022

  • R.I.P buddy, wow did we have a few good laughs people watching at our appointments, gone but never forgotten - Posted by: Darlene m nowosad (friend) on: Sep 20, 2022

  • I remember first week Gary came over to Pembina Trails School Division Transportation Dept from being an assistant caretaker and one day while he was in training I approached Gary behind while he was post tripping his bus I introduced myself and he introduced himself to me and I told Gary to give driving bus 3 mths and it will start to feel “natural” and that to remember that the pick up and drop off times for students “are a timeline not a dead line“. And fast forward several years later Gary became the driver trainer instructor and on occasion that I would go by his office and he would have his earphones on while reviewing bus video tapes and I would stick my head in to say hello if his office door was open and he would take his head phones off and we would chat for a bit and just as I was about to leave his office I would say to Gary ... “just remember“ and Before I could say the next line in my sentence would look at me and half laughing half smiling say with me in unison “it’s a timeline not a deadline“ and I would give him a hug and a slap on the back and leave his office chuckling and smiling still and I could still hear Gary still chuckling to himself as we both continued our days. Over the past year from Late winter I to spring 2022 I would run into Gary at the HSC rehab hospital in physio therapy as he was off work recovering from another surgery and I was off work recovering from a motor vehicle accident and Gary and I would laugh seeing each other in the same clinic and greet with again a big brother to brother type huh / chuckle and a slap on the back of respect for each other That is the Gary I remember and will always remember. I know I speak for all Pembina Trails Transportation Dept employees that Gary was one of a kind ... a throw back to what made men ... men and he will be missed by all who he shared his workspace with ... the new employees he trained to successfully get their class 2 school bus driver license ... and the many co-workers he shared this journey called life with Respect always Your co/worker and friend Robin Tymkin - Posted by: Robin Tymkin (Friend/ co-worker ) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • I cannot express my sadness in hearing the passing of Gary. As we were not in contact for several years I often thought about Gary and Karen Sandy and uncle Gord. To hear about the passing of a young man with as always remembered with a smile and a gentle soul is unfair. Rest In Peace Pooky - Posted by: Greg Letvak (Cousin ) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • We were so sorry to hear that Gary had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gord and your dear family at this sad time. - Posted by: Jocelyn and Bob McPike (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • RIP buddy will always be in my heart you were a great friend. So many good times and so much fun. You were always smiling and happy just a great guy to be around. I will always remember the time spent together at Grand Beach . My condolences to all your family and friends . Gone but never forgotten Brother RIP Ian Hall - Posted by: Ian Hall (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • I will miss my friend, dearly. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Gary Petrishen (Friend ) on: Sep 17, 2022

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