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Born: May 27, 1956

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2021

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May 27, 1956 - January 9, 2021

Peacefully on January 9, Garry Ballan passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.
Garry was predeceased by his mother Lena; father Steve; infant brother Joseph; father-in-law Albert Dreger and sister-in-law Doris Zborowsky.
He leaves to mourn his partner Debbie Dreger; brothers, Randy, Vernon, David; nephew David; mother-in-law Linda Dreger; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Adrian), Becky (Tim), Gail (Joe); brother-in-law Dean; niece Katrina; many relatives, close friends and special buddy Crawford.
Born in St. Pierre, Manitoba on May 27, Garry was raised on the family farm in Calowrie, MB until 1966, when the family moved to Winnipeg. After completing high school, he started his career with CP Rail, retiring after 35 years. Not ready to leave the workforce, he found new employment at Headingley Correctional Institution. He cherished the lifelong friendships that were made through his employment. Throughout his life, Garry enjoyed outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and taking the occasional trip to locations in Canada, United States and Mexico. He also appreciated spending time at the lake with family and friends.
The family would like to sincerely thank the team at CancerCare Manitoba, including Dr. Akra, Dr. R. Wong, Dr. T. Fatoye, Marybeth, Karris, Keith, Crystal and Caroline, as well as the Palliative Care team for their excellent care and compassion.
Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will not be held at this time and a private family interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or an animal shelter of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences to Debbie and the Ballan family. Garry was such a nice man with a heart of gold. One of a kind. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Lou and Evelyn Gunther (Friend) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • My condolences to Debbie, Randy, Vernon and David. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. - Posted by: Sharon Hooker (cousin) on: Jan 28, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of the loss to your family, never knew him that good but the few times. When we did meet he was always the cheerful person. - Posted by: edd and minetta kraynyk (cousin) on: Jan 24, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about Garry. Garry and I worked together and shared laughs. One thing that stands out was Garry was the only one ever to stop in the field I was working on, and gave me a beer or 2. I'll never forget that and you pal. Rest in peace. Condolences to you Deb and the Ballan family. Louise and Todd - Posted by: Todd Doberstein (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2021

  • Debbie losing the one you love is so hard. So I'm praying for you, for peace, for comfort, for whatever you need. Though he is physically gone, your memories of Garry are forever and will never fade. Treasure all your memories of Garry. My sympathy is also extended to Gail & Joe, Becky & Tim & Katrina and all your families. May our Heavenly Father surround you with his love. Love Marie - Posted by: Marie Virtue (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Garry's passing. He was always there with a joke or a smile. I am so sad for his beautiful partner of over 40 years, Debbie & her family. I wish you God's comfort & grace in this sad times. Much love to you all. - Posted by: Debbie Pieterse (Johnson) (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Very sorry to hear of Garry's passing. My condolences to the Family. - Posted by: Ivan Ewonchuk (cousin) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • Rest well my dear friend. We will drink rum and coke later..... - Posted by: Duane Johnson (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • We were so saddened to hear about Garry's passing. Our deepest condolences to Debbie, Randy, Vernon and David. When we were kids we all spent a lot of time together. Our hearts go out to you all. - Posted by: Elaine Yaremchuk (Cousin) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Ballan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Evelyn, Darlene, Ray, Peter Micheal, and Suzanne. - Posted by: Darlene Chubaty (Cousin) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • I am so sorry you had to leave everyone so early Garry. Love and Prayers to Debbie and the families take care Debbie - Posted by: Linda Stabner (family friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • You were called too early my dear friend. I will never ever forget u Garry. As they say, "one in a million". Always there for my brother and sister - and everybody else. Always cheerful and happy. God has blessed us to have you in our presence. Sincerest Condolences to Debbie and the families. - Posted by: Linden Johnson (friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

  • Sorry to here Garry's passing he was a good guys and a good friend. - Posted by: carm aiello (freind from C P Rail) on: Jan 16, 2021

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