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Born: Jan 23, 1945

Date of Passing: Aug 22, 2019

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Our Champion - our Husband -
our Father - our Grandfather.

Gary John Albo was a fearless warrior, always overcoming what the world threw at him. He constantly succeeded and amazed all those around him by exceeding expectations. This was definitely true with his 20-year battle with cancer. This fight continued to the last minute, until on August 22, 2019 he passed away peacefully with family at his side.
Gary was the first son in a family of five children of Paul and Gudrun (Goodie) Albo. Born in Winnipeg on January 23, 1945, growing up in St. Charles and then moving to Transcona for his high school years.
It was in Transcona that he met his friend for life, Sharon Albo (nee Patterson), his wife of 52 years. The two of them moved around frequently – with stops in Windsor Park, Saskatoon, St. Charles and Mississauga. They finally settled in Fort Richmond raising their loving children – Bryan (Kirsten) and Kristin (Rob).
Gary was always supporting his children's activities – especially passing on his love of sports. He was an accomplished football and lacrosse high school star. The list did not end there – including racquetball, pickleball, golf, etc. His love was in coaching his son in hockey and his daughter in ringette.
Gary's true love was in his grandchildren – Justin (Emily), Brendan, Grayson and Avery. His love and support for them was second to no one!! He supported them watching sports games, attending concerts, always picking them up and passing on his wisdom and encouragement.
Gary and Sharon found a second home in Mesa, AZ at Venture Out. Many winters were spent down south with their new friends. Both Bryan and Kristin's families enjoyed great vacations visiting Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa was up for every activity his grandchildren challenged him with.

He truly was the Albo's champion and hero!!

What has been loved deeply we can never lose, for all that we deeply love
becomes part of us. - Helen Keller

Donations in memory of Gary can be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. A private family celebration will take place at a future date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2019

Condolences & Memories (15 entries)

  • Sharon We just heard yesterday about Gary and are very sorry for your loss. He was always so nice, and gave encouragement and sound advice for improving Ron's pickleball game. Each year at V.O. we bicycle past your place and wish you were both there. We are happy to have known him. Our sympathy to your family. Ron and Cindy Welch - Posted by: Ron and Cindy Welch (Friend from V.O.) on: Sep 17, 2019

  • I was extremely sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I will always remember Gary's competitive nature on the pickleball courts in Mesa. Always a lot of fun playing with and against him. - Posted by: Dean Robinson (Friend) on: Sep 16, 2019

  • I biked by Gary's place for years on the way to Pickle ball. He always had a big wave and smile and usually a comment or two. He had a very positive attitude and was a good PB player. He will be missed at Venture Out. - Posted by: Steve Powell (friend and neighbor on Navajo street) on: Sep 16, 2019

  • Sharon and family, so sorry to hear about Gary. WHAT A FIGHTER! Knowing you both over the years in Arizona was a true pleasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. - Posted by: Wally & Marilyn Andrus (Venture Out friends) on: Sep 16, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences go out to you Sharon and Family! Gary Had the warmest smile ....Always enjoyed talking to him. Hugs to the family! - Posted by: Ken and Danielle Sigurdson (Cousins) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Gary hired me as a young upstart when I was 24 to run 2 Willson stores....I had 20 different jobs there over a 21 year career...I also lived in the same neighbourhood for 3 or 4 years and played baseball with him on the same team...Gary and I were transfered to Toronto in the late 70s and worked together for a few years until Gary returned to Winnipeg with Sharon and family. I learned more about business from Gary than anyone in my career....especially organizational skills and planning...he was a very knowledgable and wise mentor. In my life Gary was one of the strongest and mentally tough people I have ever known. He was an interesting, gregarious, fun loving guy and had a very warm heart. His family was always number one....thank you for everything my dear friend and mentor...see you down the road Gare - Posted by: Brian Miles (Friend and business associate ) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • On behalf of Gary's friends and college classmates, I offer our sincere condolences on your loss. The world was a better place with Gary in it. I don't recall ever seeing him without a warm & genuine smile, and a mischievous twinkle in his eye. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! Bob Strong, University of Manitoba (Commerce '66) Classmate - Posted by: Bob Strong (Friend & Classmate) on: Aug 26, 2019

  • Bryan, Kirsten and family, we were both very saddened to hear of your dad's passing. Remember all the great memories you were able to make with him. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Linda, Stephanie and Rob - Posted by: Rob and Linda Starodub (Friends of Bryan and Kirsten) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • So very saddened to read of Gary’s passing. Our sympathies to all of the family. Hugs to all Wurtak Family - Posted by: Rhonda & Cliff Wurtak & family (Friend ) on: Aug 25, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to you Sharon and family. Gary was a strong influence to his family and people around him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Pat and Tom Walker - Posted by: Tom and Pat Walker (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • My Condolences to you Sharon, your family and Gary's. He was one of the first students that I associated with when our family moved to Transcona 1960. In the classroom, on the sports field or at a teen dance. Will always remember the good times that I had with him. God Bless you and your families at this time - Posted by: Harvey Creek (School classmate and friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I was lucky enough to have Sharon and Gary as my parents/my neighbors growing up. I will always remember Gary driving off waving in his convertible and always with a great story to tell. Gary was always so kind and had such an evident zest for life and love for family. His unwavering strength to fight was inspiring. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Sharon and family. - Posted by: Rhiannon Vermeulen (Neighbor) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • So sorry for your loss Sharon. My deepest condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Barb Pichlyk (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • To the Albo family: I was so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. Andrea contacted me this morning when she heard, and we shared warm memories of him and the time we spent working for him at his clothing shop. Gary gave Andrea her first job. When he hired me a couple of years later, I would regularly pass on a day of substitute teaching in favour of taking a shift at the shop. It was pretty much the best gig imaginable for a couple of young women who loved to chat and shoot the breeze with all of the regular costumers. Gary was the kindest, most generous man, and about the best boss ever. Those qualities were matched only by his infinite patience and his ability to laugh about almost everything. On a customer’s way out, he would say “Enjoy the balance of the day!” ... formal but warm words that still make me smile to this day. Thank you Gary for the role you played in encouraging my big personality and for reminding me of the importance of relationships. - Posted by: Chantal Boutin and Andrea Harrison (Friends) on: Aug 24, 2019

  • My condolences Sharon to you and your family. I'm so glad that Gary and I got together for lunch. I'll hold that memory of him. - Posted by: Wayne Wedge (Friend) on: Aug 24, 2019

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