Garry passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013 at Salmon Arm, BC at the age of 80 years. He was born at Loreburn, SK on Aug 14, 1933.
He was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Betty Fiske and his brother Burrel.
Garry is survived by and will be sorely missed by his loving wife Donna, daughters Leigh Fiske (Gavin) and Rhonda Warren (Cam), son Jody (Brenda), brothers Glen (Evelyn), Ronnie (Shirley), Gerald (Sylvia) and Al (Bernie), sisters Fern Peardon (Lyman), Kae Holmes, Max Hicks (Bob), Marj Russel, Helen Reiger and Wendy Cafferata (Barry) and grandchildren Meagan Wright (Rob), Lauri O’Reilly and Justin O’Reilly.
Garry grew up in a family of 12 children in rural Saskatchewan where life was not always easy but the family was close and have plenty of stories and memories of childhood times. According to his mother’s diaries, he was an independent, smiley boy who was a favorite with the girls. Garry was a hardworking man his whole life and began work at the young age of 16 at a variety of jobs including working on the pipeline and CPR tracks in Elbow and helping with the harvesting at Don Book’s farm. Garry joined the Air Force in 1953 where he was stationed in Macdonald, Manitoba for 3 years. He quit the airforce briefly then rejoined in early 1958 where he was stationed in Gimli, Manitoba. He married Donna Ward from Craik Saskatchewan on June 28th, 1958 and they started their home and life together in Gimli in one of Kelly’s Cabins, a tiny summer cabin close to Winnipeg Beach. Leigh was born in 1960 and Jody followed in 1962. Garry was sent to Africa in 1966 under a government program to train the Tanzanian airforce. It was a long way from home but Garry returned in 1967 with lots of stories and photos of his time there. He was then stationed in Comox, BC and Rhonda was born there in 1969. Garry worked on Labrador helicopters and Search and Rescue – a role he very much enjoyed and spoke of fondly. In 1975 the family transferred to Trenton, Ontario and in 1982 Garry was sent to Ottawa. He retired from the Air Force as a Master Warrant Officer and went to work for Garrett of Canada in Toronto in 1987 until 1989 when he and Donna retired to Blind Bay, BC. They enjoyed a wonderful retirement together where Garry had time to golf, fish and participate with the Lions Club; activities he truly enjoyed. Thankfully he experienced good health and an active and busy life up until he passed away on October 7, 2013 in Salmon Arm, BC. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend and he will be fondly remembered for his sense of humour, great laugh and generous nature.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Shuswap Hospital Foundation.
Many thanks to the physicians and nurses at Shuswap Lake Hospital for their care and attention to Garry in his final days.
A memorial service was held on Friday, October 11, 2013 from Fischer’s Funeral Services with Rev. Gloria Christian officiating.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Garry’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.