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Born: Aug 18, 1942
Date of Passing: Jun 23, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Gary was born on August 18, 1942 and grew up in the west end of Winnipeg. He attended Daniel McIntyre High School, University of Winnipeg and finally the University of Ottawa where he achieved his Master's of Applied Criminology.
Gary found employment at Weston's Bakery and the Canadian National Railway during his educational years and eventually made his career with the Government of Manitoba in Probation Services. Gary had the ability to connect on a personal level with his clientele and was involved in the initiation of numerous new programs within Probation.
In 1973, Gary and Flo were married and embarked on 41 years of building a life together with their three sons in Windsor Park. This included Friday night movie nights, yearly camping trips to Falcon Lake, and many memories at the family property in Stead.
Gary's happiest times were with his boys and he took great pleasure in being with them and spending time together. We are so grateful he got to know his first grandson and enjoy the first year of Wesley's life.
Music was an integral part of Gary's life; if he did not have music playing, he was singing a song to himself, often creating his own lyrics to well known tunes. For many years, Gary's New Year's Day Tradition was taping the top 100 hits of the past year.
Gary's congenial personality, accepting demeanour and sense of humour led to lifelong connections with all those he met through the years.
We would like to thank the staff and Dr. Finnlayson at Seven Oaks General Hospital, fifth floor Unit 1 for the care they provided our dad.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a graveside service will be held on Friday, July 3 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Johns Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, 96135 Stead Rd. Pastor Jeremy Langer officiating. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 930 Winakwa Road, Winnipeg, MB, R2J 1E7 or St . John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Stead MB, R0E 1Z0.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 27, 2020
Condolences & Memories (17 entries)
My sincere condolences to Dylan, Garett and Jordan. I had the privilege of visiting with Gary almost every other week for the past several years as I cleaned his home. He often had the stereo playing as he sang along. I remember he loved to joke around and had a warm smile for whomever he met. The last couple of times I saw him in late winter of this year, he would often show me pictures of Wesley and he often talked about Flo. His favourite stories were about taking you boys camping. I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Brenda Thiessen (employed by Gary as his house cleaner) on: Jul 20, 2020
Gary: I enjoyed our conversations. Your witty humor, compassion and intelligent assessments remain as great memories. My condolences to the family and friends. - Posted by: Jim Yankoski (Past colleague) on: Jul 06, 2020
I worked with Gary at Probation Services. Always appreciated his laughter and ability to find humour in many situations. Also recall visiting him a time or two at Falcon Lake. Good memories. My condolences to his family. - Posted by: Brent Apter (Past Co-worker) on: Jul 06, 2020
I liked Gary a lot and it was my pleasure to know him. I am sorry to hear of his passing. - Posted by: Ginette Abraham (acquaintance) on: Jul 04, 2020
To the Adamchuk Family, We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We grew up across the street on Pacific Ave from the Adamchuk Family. We had many wonderful interactions, and memories were made. Gary and my brother Jerry were good friends and until Jerry’s passing last Sept, Jerry and Gary continued to keep in touch. Jerry would pick up Gary and bring him to my moms and she would make a big spaghetti dinner for Jerry and Gary. Gary was a wonderful man and friend. Our families shared many fun times together. A real loss for his sons, and his sisters. Our deepest sympathy! He will be missed! I can only imagine when they meet again, what fun they will have! Devuono and Ziesmann Families - Posted by: Joann Ziesmann (Family Friend) on: Jul 02, 2020
Dylan, Garett, and Jordan----Mary Jean and I were devastated to hear of the passing of your father. He has been a good friend since high school. We enjoyed many "get togethers" with you boys, our boys (Brian and Grant), and your mom and dad. Whether it was at your place, our place or the lake we always enjoyed the experience. Please accept our sincere condolences. Love, Bob & and Mary Jean Davis - Posted by: Mary Jean Davis (friend) on: Jul 02, 2020
I was a summer student at Weston Bakery, and my Mother, Irma, worked in the administration office. She had gotten me the job. When I was working my first week, she made a point of getting Gary to meet me and keep an eye on how I was doing. What a great help he was. I've never forgotten his kindness in helping a 16 year-old take his first steps in the working world. Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Greg Marshall (Friend) on: Jul 01, 2020
Dylan, Garret, Jordan; Sorry for your loss. Missing him as I walk by the house. Peter - Posted by: Peter Tkachuk (Friend) on: Jun 30, 2020
I was one of the summer students working at Weston Bakeries , way back when. Gary was always a friendly type and very welcoming for a newbie on board. I am talking '60's now. A few (quite a few) years later I was visiting my sister in Windsor Park, and he came up to me and said, "I know you"! I have never forgotten that, nor have I forgotten Gary. Very, very nice gentleman, and person to know. My condolences to the family. An old worker who remembers a friendly face. - Posted by: Claude Nolin (long time co worker) on: Jun 29, 2020
Gary was my dear Godfather. It is with a heavy heart I have learned of your passing. I have admired your love, your love of your family and your compassion for life. Your smile, warm words & family dinners with your unforgettable laugh will be truly missed. Cherished forever are the memories I have. My condolences and prayers go to Jordan, Garett, Dylan and the entire family. Love always Colleen & Corey Fudge - Posted by: Colleen Fudge (Goddaughter ) on: Jun 29, 2020
Gary and I were young probation officers during the 70's. As we used to say back in the day, "Gary was a good P.O." I was saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his three boys and to the Adamchuk family. - Posted by: Derek Knipe (former colleague) on: Jun 29, 2020
Married to Gary's cousin, Jim, I had wonderful memories of laughter and friendship with Flo and Gary over the years. I am so sorry he has passed, though I know of the struggles he had experienced the past few years. Sending big hugs and condolences to all his family. Love, Denise - Posted by: Denise Lyzun (Family friend ) on: Jun 27, 2020
Adamchuck and Johnston Families: Sorry to hear of your loss. Gary was a great friend of my brother Joey. We spent time together, especially when he worked on the trains and he would visit Joey in Vancouver on his stops there. Our condolences and prayers go out to your families. - Posted by: edward bohonos (old friend) on: Jun 27, 2020
Gary and his sister Sharron and their Mom and Dad were integral parts of my life growing up in Winnipeg. Our family often spent time at their house. The music comment in the obituary really connects with me because Garry seemed to know all the pop music and all the lyrics. I have nothing but good memories of Gary and the family. As I moved to Vancouver in the early 70s, I didn't see much of Garry over the ensuing years, but he was a terrific cousin and friend to my sister Johnna. I kept up with Gary and his life through her. Both myself and my wife, Sharron, were sorry to hear of his passing. He will always have a place in our hearts. - Posted by: Dan Lyzun (cousin) on: Jun 27, 2020
I had the pleasure or working in Probation with Gary. He was kind, patience and funny which made working with him a great experience. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. - Posted by: Teresa Letwin (Worked together) on: Jun 27, 2020
Dylan, Garett and Jordan I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Your Dad was a amazing man. For all of his accomplishments through his life. I offer all three of you boys my sincere condolences. Your old neighbor Leo Carriere. - Posted by: Leo Carriere (Old neighbor) on: Jun 27, 2020
Jordy, sorry to read about your Fathers passing. I quite enjoyed hearing about the trips to Falcon lake in the Motor home. May his memories live in your heart forever. - Posted by: Cheryl Cole (Former Co-worker of Jordy) on: Jun 27, 2020
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