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GARY WAYNE ERICKSON

Born: Dec 14, 1943

Date of Passing: Jan 19, 2014

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GARY WAYNE ERICKSON It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Gary Wayne Erickson on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Pinawa Hospital. Left to mourn Gary's untimely passing are his loving wife Helen; sons Richard (Tamara and children Tia and Zach), and Lee (Danielle); many brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews (especially Grant and Diane who always supported him in tough times). He was predeceased by his parents Jessie and Axel Erickson; brother Nelson; also his mother and father-in-law Merle and Lorne McCracken; brother-in-law Alex James; nephew Scott McCracken, and niece Colleen James. On December 14, 1943 Gary was born at the Pine Falls General Hospital. He lived with his parents and elder brother Nelson at "Old" Pinawa where Gary's dad worked at the hydro electric plant until it closed in 1951. They then moved to Great Falls, Manitoba in August, 1951 where his father continued working as a control operator. Gary curled a great deal as a child as his dad was the ice maker at the curling rink in Great Falls. Curling and baseball were his greatest sports. However Gary also enjoyed golfing as he would hitchhike to Pine Falls from Great Falls to play and practice the game. Hunting and fishing were two more of his sports, as was flying. Gary took his flying lessons in the mid 1970s and owned his own Piper Cub PA18 for 15 years. Gary did not realize at the time that this would have a future influence on his sons Richard and Lee who are now both flying for Perimeter Aviation. At 18 years of age on an extended summer holiday, Gary started to work for Manitoba Hydro. He was hired as an electrical trainee with the production department in 1964. He then travelled to the different hydro stations throughout his training. Gary met Helen McCracken at a curling bonspiel and they were married in 1967, residing in Great Falls, Manitoba where he worked for some years. He then worked in the Seven Sisters Falls region for four years before working the last seven years of his career at Jenpeg, Manitoba where Gary retired in December of 1998. A Celebration of Gary's Life will be postponed to a later date when some of his "snowbird" friends return home from their winter holidays. Service time to be announced. We wish to thank Dr. Mouton, his dermatologist and his staff, Dr. Wong and his staff, the CancerCare Clinic staff at the Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Bruneau and the CancerCare staff at the Pinawa Hospital and to the Pinawa Hospital staff that gave Gary and his family such great, compassionate care. Richard Wojcik of Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, is in care of arrangements. 204-268-2263 wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Jan 25, 2014

GARY WAYNE ERICKSON It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Gary Wayne Erickson on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at the Pinawa Hospital. Left to mourn Gary's untimely passing are his loving wife Helen; sons Richard (Tamara and children Tia and Zach), and Lee (Danielle); many brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews (especially Grant and Diane who always supported him in tough times). He was predeceased by his parents Jessie and Axel Erickson; brother Nelson; also his mother and father-in-law Merle and Lorne McCracken; brother-in-law Alex James; nephew Scott McCracken, and niece Colleen James. On December 14, 1943 Gary was born at the Pine Falls General Hospital. He lived with his parents and elder brother Nelson at "Old" Pinawa where Gary's dad worked at the hydro electric plant until it closed in 1951. They then moved to Great Falls, Manitoba in August, 1951 where his father continued working as a control operator. Gary curled a great deal as a child as his dad was the ice maker at the curling rink in Great Falls. Curling and baseball were his greatest sports. However Gary also enjoyed golfing as he would hitchhike to Pine Falls from Great Falls to play and practice the game. Hunting and fishing were two more of his sports, as was flying. Gary took his flying lessons in the mid 1970s and owned his own Piper Cub PA18 for 15 years. Gary did not realize at the time that this would have a future influence on his sons Richard and Lee who are now both flying for Perimeter Aviation. At 18 years of age on an extended summer holiday, Gary started to work for Manitoba Hydro. He was hired as an electrical trainee with the production department in 1964. He then travelled to the different hydro stations throughout his training. Gary met Helen McCracken at a curling bonspiel and they were married in 1967, residing in Great Falls, Manitoba where he worked for some years. He then worked in the Seven Sisters Falls region for four years before working the last seven years of his career at Jenpeg, Manitoba where Gary retired in December of 1998. A Celebration of Gary's Life will be postponed to a later date when some of his "snowbird" friends return home from their winter holidays. Service time to be announced. We wish to thank Dr. Mouton, his dermatologist and his staff, Dr. Wong and his staff, the CancerCare Clinic staff at the Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Bruneau and the CancerCare staff at the Pinawa Hospital and to the Pinawa Hospital staff that gave Gary and his family such great, compassionate care. Richard Wojcik of Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, is in care of arrangements. 204-268-2263 wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Jan 22, 2014

GARY WAYNE ERICKSON On Sunday, January 19, 2014 Gary died at the Pinawa Hospital at the age of 70 years. A longer obituary notice to follow. Richard Wojcik of Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, Beausejour, is in care of arrangements. 204-268-2263, wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Jan 21, 2014
Publish Date: Jan 22, 2014

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2014

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Helen, we are truly sorry to hear of your loss. Sending big hugs and much love. - Posted by: Roland and Wendy Ledoux () on: Feb 09, 2014

  • Miss seeing all of you in the park in Texas, thinking of you at this sad time - Posted by: Maynard and Carolyn Ewards (Lot # 41, Southern Comfort RV Park, Weslaco, Texas) on: Jan 29, 2014

  • Our sympathies Helen and family in your loss of husband, father and friend. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Donna (Hogg) and Bruce Staniland (friend and former classmate) on: Jan 29, 2014

  • We are so deeply saddened by your loss. Gary's smile and laughter lit up the room. He knew how to make people feel special, like they meant something important to him. We will never forget how he made us feel like family. Love. - Posted by: Becky Reynolds and Jason Zarecki (Friends) on: Jan 28, 2014

  • Dear Helen, Please acccept our sympathy on Gary's passing, we have many good memories of our mutual Birthday celebrations, Happy Hours and golf times both in Texas and Canada. The last time I looked in Google Earth the Van is still in front of the Horseman. I am sure he and Buster are in Heaven sharing lots of memories. Bless you all. Vern and Cheryl - Posted by: Vern and Cheryl Vogel (Friends) on: Jan 26, 2014

  • Our deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Ernie&Myrna Mol () on: Jan 25, 2014

  • Garry generously agreed to give Betty's and my family a pontoon boat ride two summers ago when he himself was not in the best of health. It was much appreciated. Rest easy friend. - Posted by: Joe Maloney and the late Betty Edkins (Lac du Bonnet and Texas friends.) on: Jan 25, 2014

  • We were so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We will be thinking of you all as you go through this terrible time. - Posted by: Fran & Leo Drabyk (Friends) on: Jan 24, 2014

  • Auntie Helen, Richard and Lee. I truly am sorry for your loss. Not only having gone through this myself last year at the same time, I can honestly say I know how you feel. It dam hurts. But having said that there are many memories of uncle I will never forget. He was a generous man as mentioned above. As I got older we not only shared a few brews but also overnight hiking trips with uncle and his Highly trained dog Ninga who would retrieve our geese. Our lodging for the night meant sleeping on a rock ridge. oh well we didn't sleep much any way with those Geese honking. If we weren't chasing Geese at the back of the farm it seamed like the next best thing to do was jump in the plane and fly to Leaf lake or Maskwa lake for ducks. When summer came uncle would take me fly out fishing to various lakes. He would borrow me his canoe and motor until I could buy my own. Uncle would fly beer in to were my buddies and I were fishing, Many may not remember the beer strike in Manitoba I believe it was 1979. Friday night came along and and there was not a beer to be found and guess who would fly to Ingolf Onario and get the boys a box of beer. It was Good ole Uncle Gary. When uncle needed my help I was there if I could be. One late fall I got a phone call, hey Grant, Gene and I got a couple of moose can you come and help me pack them out. Sure I said and away we went. Boy did we work hard they were 3/4 of a mile from the dam lake but nothing went to waste and they were out that day. We landed at your home and the sun had just set. My thoughts are with all of you at this time. Grant. - Posted by: Grant Erickson (Nefphew) on: Jan 23, 2014

  • So very sorry to hear of the loss of your soul mate, thoughts and prayers to you Helen and your family. Marilyn Ferchuk - Posted by: Marilyn Ferchuk () on: Jan 23, 2014

  • Sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Our condolences to you Helen, and your family. - Posted by: Ric & Linda Henkel () on: Jan 22, 2014

  • Helen and family. We were very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I remember some fun evenings we spent together, especially listening to the funny hunting and fishing story both he and Ozzie had to tell. Our deepest sympathy to you all. - Posted by: Dorothy Singbeil & family (Friends from the past..) on: Jan 22, 2014

  • Gary was a very caring and giving man. Most generous memory was Gary buying the whole Horseman Bar a drink when he received his first 'cash for life' pension cheque :):). Gary you WILL be missed. Thoughts are with you and your family Helen! - Posted by: Barry & Carol Stewart (Winter texan friend) on: Jan 22, 2014

  • We have so many fond memories of our good times shared with Gary and Helen in south Texas. Those memories will remain in our hearts and will always bring a smile to our face. Rest in peace Friend until we meet again. - Posted by: Ron & Shirley Knoche (Friends) on: Jan 22, 2014

  • Dear Helen & family; My sincere & heartfelt condolences in the loss of Gary. My daily prayers & thoughts are with all of you. At this time, may the love & strength of God & your belief in one another, now provide you comfort in the difficult days, weeks & months ahead. Sincerely & With Love; Margaret Ella (McDougald) Benoit - Posted by: Margaret Ella (McDougald) Benoit (Former Misericordia General Hospital School of Nursing Classmate & Roommate of Helen's) on: Jan 21, 2014

  • Helen and family, I am so sorry to hear of your lose, I am sure you will miss Gary very much. Ruth and I have you in our thoughts at this sad time. Leonard and Ruth - Posted by: Leonard Kaspick () on: Jan 21, 2014

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