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Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2019

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GARY VARTY Peacefully on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Seven Oaks Hospital, Gary, aged 78, was called home by his Lord and Saviour. Gary, being blind from birth, tuned many pianos throughout Winnipeg over his 58-year career. Gary is survived by his wife Gail; sister Bernice Place; nephews, Steven Place and Scott Place, and his niece Kristen Baker. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary's name can be made to Samaritan's Purse. Memorial service 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr., Pastor Arden Boville to officiate. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2019

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Gail, Carolyn and I are very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He will be missed by many. I met Gary in the late sixties or early seventies when he worked at the Loewen Yamaha Piano Center on Portage Ave. Another friend, Roy, worked there as well. We were all "audiophiles" of a sort and I was selling audio gear as well. Gary was into live recording at the time as well as audio and music of course. Roy and I played in some local concert bands and Gary would record the performances at times. Over the years Gary sent a lot of people to American Hi-Fi as well as purchasing equipment himself. Our relationship continued and I was last at Gary and Gail's place late last fall. Gary tuned our piano for many years and we always recommended his services to others. - Posted by: Dennis Penner - American Hi-Fi (Friend and business colleague) on: Feb 13, 2019

  • I knew Gary since the early 1970's. I always enjoyed our conversations on 2 meters. Gary used to phone me with questions about CJNU, the Blue Jays, and American broadcast band radio stations, such as WLS. I always enjoyed those calls. Gary will be missed. My condolences to his family. Dick Maguire VE4HK - Posted by: Dick Maguire (Friend) on: Feb 11, 2019

  • We are truly sorry Gail---Gary was a one of a kind, special person. We offer you our sincere condolences. Sheila and Bill - Posted by: Sheila and Bill Toth (Friends and acquaintances.) on: Feb 11, 2019

  • So sad to hear this. Gail, we had lunch together once this past summer with my parents (Ozzie and Elaine) when we came to tour your building. My dad sure will miss him. - Posted by: Nancy Aasland (daughter of friend/colleague Ozzie Aasland) on: Feb 10, 2019

  • Gail and Gary were friends from the 1970's. Gary had amazing insights and skills despite being blind from birth. He always recognized and greeted me enthusiastically at St James Gospel Chapel or at social events. I never heard him complain and he always was expressing thanks and gratitude. A remarkable man now welcomed into and visualizing heaven. - Posted by: Allan Ronald (friend) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • I got to know Gary when he used to come to the school I used to work as school secretary. and then when I was working with Home Instead Care. I was taking care of Qinn but we used to sit for meals with Gary and Gail. Gail and I are practically twins. My birthday is July 1 and Gail is July 6 (same year) Gail I won't tell what year we were born. lol. I have 2 cd's of Gary that I listen to quite often. He used to play the piano quite well. On Feb. 19, 2019 I have an appointment at Misericordia for a cataract surgery. I will be thinking about you. Love Maria - Posted by: Maria Wallack (friend ) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • Gary was a dear friend with a gentle spirit. His gift of music brought joy to many people. He loved adventure and was determined to both drive and fly which he managed to accomplish. He had a keen sense of direction and it was not uncommon to receive directions from him when we were uncertain of the way. His sense of humor was evident as he chuckled at his handicapped friends who needed lights turned on in a darkened room. His strong faith was evident and it is comforting to know he is with his Lord. - Posted by: Keith & Ruby MacDonald (Friend) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • Gary tuned our piano for many years. It was always a treat when he came to the studio. He loved to talk about hi-fi equipment and the Revox reel to reel that he wanted to make improvements on. He was a gentle man, and was very good at his career as a piano tuner and technician. - Posted by: John Schritt - Channels Audio & Post Production (Client) on: Feb 09, 2019

  • My condolences to Gail and family. I met Gary VE4KB through Ham Radio in the late 1960s. My dad use to loan Gary different tube type vhf radios and I would deliver the radios to him. In the 1980s and until a few years ago Gary and I made numerous contacts from Winnipeg to Killarney, Manitoba experimenting on various weak signal frequencies 144,222 & 432 MHz. Gary had perfect pitch and loved working the VHF & UHF spectrum. 73 (best regards) Gary , DE Bruce VE4KQ - Posted by: Bruce Johnson VE4KQ (Amateur radio friend) on: Feb 09, 2019

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