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Born: Nov 07, 1957

Date of Passing: Jan 24, 2012

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BOBBY-JAY GARRISON Bobby-Jay Garrison died peacefully January 24, 2012, aged 54, at Riverview Health Centre. BJ was born November 7, 1957, in Choteau, MT. He made Winnipeg his home for the past 15 years and was very much part of its wonderful music community. BJ is survived by his son Jai and Jai's mother Francine Martin in Winnipeg, and Jai's grandparents Tracey and John Martin, and aunt Natasha; his family in Alberta, parents Judy and Robert Garrison; sister Erma McNulty (Terry Rattai), niece Pamela and nephew Cameron; sister-in-law Nancy Garrison and nephew Blain (Nakai) and daughter Kali; as well as sister Rose (Ron) Coats and family; nephew David Garrison-Henderson in BC. He was predeceased by his brother Benny-Joe Garrison and nieces Amanda and Cara McNulty. Funeral at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012 (viewing prior to service 10:00 a.m.), at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 45 Dalhousie Drive, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Jai Garrison Trustfund, envelopes will available at the service. Arrangements in care of Seasons Funeral Service Oakbank, (204) 444-5444

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 27, 2012

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I considered BJ one of my closest friends. He stood next to me on stage for almost all of my musical appearances for a decade and a half. I will always miss his talent, his sense of humour and his loyalty. I am glad his suffering has finally come to an end and I look forward to meeting again on the other side. - Posted by: Don Bouchat (Friend) on: Jan 31, 2012

  • B.J. is a presence which will never be lost. The impact he has had on all of us, is testament to who he is. I am a better person for knowing him. About one week before he passed, he called me to his room, he wanted to play a song for was hava na gila. I will always remember that. - Posted by: Miryam () on: Jan 30, 2012

  • BJ and I were born 10 days apart and met in high school here in Courtenay, British Columbia.. multi-talented lad back then..we lost touch after Grad in 76 but hooked up again on FB about 3 years ago.. I am so happy we re-kindled our friendship.. Only regret is we never got to play together again!... Heaven is rocking to the beat of the blues right now RIP bj - Posted by: Randy Standish (childhood friend) on: Jan 30, 2012

  • So sorry to hear about Bobby-Jay. Bobby-Jays dad was my cousin and we had a lot of good times when the boys were younger and lived close to us in Cumberland B.C. The memories I have and will never forget was going back to Alberta for Bob and Judy`s 50th wedding anniversary and listening to Bobby-Jays music and what a talent this man had and I feel so lucky to have a chance to enjoy his music and his awesome personality. My thoughts are with the Garrison family - Posted by: Gerry Pederson () on: Jan 28, 2012

  • Sorry for your loss, please know we are thinking of you all. - Posted by: Don Garrison and family (1st cousin) on: Jan 28, 2012

  • I got to know B.J. while he was at Riverview. His impromptu concerts in his room or the dining room always drew a crowd. He will never be gone because he lives on in so many hearts. Rest in peace B.J. - Posted by: Crystal Caron () on: Jan 27, 2012

  • BJ did the music for my mother's memorial a few years ago, and never was a sad occasion made to be so much better. BJ made everyone smile. We will miss his friendly presence at The Neighbourhood Cafe. He fought the good fight and never complained. When asked how he was doing, he always said he was just great. Deepest condolences to the family, and especially to Jai. - Posted by: Pamela Johnson (Friend) on: Jan 27, 2012

  • My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to all of BJ's family and friends. Losing BJ is a huge loss. I never knew anyone with such talent, a big heart and great sense of humour. I always thought he was an awesome person, he will always be a hero to me. May he Rest in Peace and continue singing with the angels. Sending hugs to you all and an extra big one for Jai, my heart really goes out to him. R.I.P. BJ ^j^ - Posted by: Dee Henschel () on: Jan 27, 2012

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