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GARRY GILBERT JOHNSTON

Born: Jun 03, 1940

Date of Passing: Dec 30, 2021

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GARRY GILBERT JOHNSTON
June 3, 1940 - December 30, 2021


On their 60th wedding anniversary, Garry passed away at the age of 81. He had suffered Alzheimer's for many years and was in the care of the wonderful personnel at Charleswood Care Home.
He is survived by his loving wife and caregiver Audrey; daughter Sherrie (Derek); sister Dot; and many nieces, nephews and their children. Garry is now with the angels: his beloved son Shane; Mom and Dad Jean and Johnnie; brothers and sisters, Annabell (Joe) and Donald (Margaret); and in-laws, Bill, Martha and Jack, Donna and Vic, Sadie and Wattie.
Born in Glenella, Garry grew up on the farm in Pipestone, Manitoba. He was a mature young man, athletic and hardworking. In 1958, he met Audrey at a ball tournament in Langruth and, together, they shared 60 years of love and happiness with their family and friends. He loved family, children, helping others (including strangers), Johnny Cash, time at Lee River, and won much more than he lost at the poker and roulette tables. Garry had a great sense of humour and loved to laugh, wearing that infectious smile right up to his last days. He was a kind and gentle soul. He was a member of Westminster United Church.
Garry was a sports enthusiast as a player, but his passion was coaching numerous fastball and ringette teams. His positive influence on young people was enduring. He enjoyed tremendous success – not just in the win columns – but in the special relationships he formed with his players, instilling qualities of hard work, teamwork, and fair play. He sat on the board of the Manitoba Softball Association and, in 2013, was inducted into the Manitoba Softball Hall of Fame.
Beginning his professional career as General Manager of the U of M Bookstore in 1959, this led him to own and operate Grange Stationers Ltd. beginning in 1974. He was a longstanding member of the Winnipeg Executives Association. In later years he worked with Shane at Dollarwise Cleaners until he was no longer able due to his illness.
Audrey and Garry shared a wonderful life full of love and laughter. When the illness took hold, Audrey was Garry's rock, navigating him through the challenges of Alzheimer's with unwavering love and support. She continued to provide care, companionship and was his voice and protector while he was in the care home.
We offer most sincere thanks to the staff and management of Revera Charleswood Long Term Care Home. The kindness and care afforded to Garry during these very difficult times was exceptional and we are so very grateful.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.
A service to celebrate Garry's life will not be arranged at this time.


NEIL BARDAL
FUNERAL CENTRE
204-949-2200
neilbardalinc.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Audrey & Sherrie, When I think of Garry I have so many wonderful memories of a kind and caring man. He was a friend, mentor and as many others can attest - an amazing coach. I am thankful and truly blessed that he was in my life. I hope all of your happy memories of Garry carry you through this time. - Posted by: Barb Smith (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2022

  • Your smile and handshake never to be forgotten my friend, you are missed. Words are so important- our thoughts and feelings for you are all we can give to you at this time. Always a pleasure to be in yours and Garys company, with softball and ringette. His friendship was always appreciated and held in the highest esteem, a good gentleman. Who took time to teach, listen and help in anyway possible, nothing was impossible to Gary. So many young folks lives were touched, dreams realized by Gary when he was their coach and mentor. Fort Richmond CC was especially proud of Gary as a coach, his great spirit , advocate, and mentor for many years, earning great respect . He was recognized by coaches across the country who appreciated his attitude working with young adults. Gary has earned very rightful spot with the guardian angels, he will be held safe in the arms of Shane and family who left before him. In total respect to a dear friend and family with sympathy we care. You were a big part in our lives in friendship as young adults together Respectfully yours and with love Lil Ingrid Rick and family, Wes - Posted by: Lil Gibson (friends) on: Jan 12, 2022

  • Audrey, we are very sorry to hear about Garry's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Marina and Monty Ferguson (Friends) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • Audrey and Sherrie, my deepest sympathy. I know Garry is in a better place after such a long struggle. I will remember all those days over the years at softball games as he was one of the classiest people I ever came across there. That goes back to 1964 when Jim Hutchinson introduced us. I see him each day when I open my computer to a photo of the 1987 Touring All-Stars masters team that he helped coach to the provincial championship. Definitely not the highlight of his softball career that had so many. I used to laugh about a comment one of the players said when we formed the team in 1978 and Garry played. After he saw him hit, he said, "Garry could get up on Christmas Day and hit a double." RIP old friend and in the future you can make me a coffee like you (or was it Audrey) used to do on early mornings at Charlie Krupp. - Posted by: Kent Morgan (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • Audrey and Sherry - our deepest regrets on the passing of Garry..never forget the times we met at ball tournaments and how Audrey and Garry would let the kids cool off in the air conditoned trailer..good times and we thank you for everything.. Jim and Karen. - Posted by: Jim nicholson (Friend) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • Audrey and Sherry, my condolences on the loss of a Garry. So many great memories of time spent at the ball park with your family. May all your many memories keep him close. - Posted by: Tracy Turner (Friend ) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • Dear Audrey & Sherrie, I’m so sorry for your loss. Garry was such a kind and loving man. The love you all shared was so evident and up lifting to whoever got to witness it. Garry’s smile was so encouraging to me, it would often make my day (especially during these challenging times). Bless you both! - Posted by: Melanie Camara (Former Manager at Charleswood Long Term Care) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • I met Garry On July 1,1967 when he hired me to work at The U of M Bookstore. A wonderful boss,and friend and a absolute "Gem" of a man. His positive nature and infectious sense of humor drew me in, and even though we lost touch, many life lessons were gained from knowing he had touched my life. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Lorne Johnston (friend and employee) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • Audrey and Sherrie our deepest condolences from Dallas and I. The friendship we had with you & Garry will always be near & dear to our hearts. Garry was the most wonderful man ever next to my dad Garry. I will never ever forget how you, Audrey, Sherrie & Shane welcomed me into your family, Ringette & baseball teams. We had many many good times & formed long lasting friendships. RIP Garry you will be missed. - Posted by: Lynne Johnston (Friend ) on: Jan 08, 2022

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