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Born: Jul 24, 1945

Date of Passing: Aug 16, 2016

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ROBERT (GARY) PLATFORD, PhD July 24, 1945 - August 16, 2016 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing away of our beloved Gary. He was well loved by many, especially his wife Norma of 49 years. His three children, Kevin, Heather (John Mark Davies) and Nicole (Erik Lindquist). He leaves behind his adored grandchildren, Andrew, Katerina, David, Janine and Megan. He was predeceased by sisters, Joan and Irene; mother Annie and father Fred. He is survived by his two brothers Dale (Laura), Doug (Judith) and many nieces and nephews. He will be missed deeply by the Pradhan family and the fishing guys. Gary was the plant pathologist, Dept. of Agriculture, retired in 2000. After retirement he established a business called P & D Consulting. He established the Provincial Plant Pathology Lab at the University of Manitoba Campus. Gary loved his plants, even the weeds. The world was fascinating to Gary. He delighted in tasting foods from all around the world. He made a "mean" margarita, loved mountain climbing in Arizona, canoeing, camping, fishing, travelling and in his spare time he volunteered. He was a long time president of the "Prairie Garden". He was participating in the creating of a Norn Dictionary which is an extinct language. In his last months he has been practicing Tagalog and Nepali. He loved to read the epic poem "Beowulf," in the original Anglo-Saxon Old English. There was always a pile of books under his chair. He did beautiful sketches, and enjoyed photography. Those who knew Gary will know how funny he could be. For all his interests, abilities, degrees of education, Gary was a very humble man. He greatly appreciated the endless support of family, especially Jonathon for his many visits. Thanks to Doug for his visits and the chocolate. The support of Dale, Laura, Gary, Aline, Phyllis, Ray, Keith, Judy, Carol and the Pradhans kept our family strong. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of Gary's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Thanks to all the caregivers at St. Boniface, Grace Hospice and Home Care. Donations may be made to either St. Boniface or Grace Hospice or a charity of your choice. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 20, 2016

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • He was a good professional plant pathologist, and had a great sense of humor. Will miss him. - Posted by: Vikram Bisht (Professional colleague in Manitoba Agriculture) on: Aug 26, 2016

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to Norma and the family. I worked with Gary for 20 years at the Plant Pathology Lab. He had so many interesting and funny stories, he had a great sense of humour. It was always interesting when he would diagnose plant samples and some of the comments he would make would have you laughing. - Posted by: Pat Vouriot (St. Godard) (former co-worker) on: Aug 22, 2016

  • My sincere sympathy to Norma and family. I enjoyed my conversations with Gary at Reh-Fit - Posted by: RUSS HALFDANSON () on: Aug 22, 2016

  • My condolences to Norma and Family. I got to know Gary when He and I served on a condo board. He was a very Intelligent and Humble member of our team. May the Great Memories of Gary last a Lifetime. Ken Trinkl - Posted by: Ken Trinkl (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2016

  • We are saddened at the news of Gary's passing, but at the same time, thankful his struggles with his health issues are over, and he is at rest. We count it our privilege to have known Gary the past several years. What a fun and interesting guy! And, I might add, humble ------we had no idea he held PhD's until we spent the night at their home and saw his degrees on the wall! We have really missed having them here in Tucson these past two seasons. They made our winters interesting and fun! Our deepest sympathy to you, Norma, and the whole family! Love, Dick and Sharon - Posted by: Dick and Sharon States (Friends) on: Aug 20, 2016

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