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Born: Mar 12, 1938

Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2021

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March 12, 1938 - February 5, 2021

Peacefully, at Concordia Hospital, Garth passed away at the age of 82.
Garth was predeceased by his parents, Sydney and Winnifred Day and his sister, Bernice Swifte.
Left to cherish his memory are his "girls", daughter Kim Hale of Victoria, BC and granddaughter Dani Lane of Langley, BC. He was a loving uncle to Donna McElroy, Glen Swifte and Colleen Swifte.
Garth was a proud, lifelong resident of Winnipeg's West End. His passion was for sports and he began at a young age to excel in every kind of athletics. He ran track and field, played baseball and hockey. Later in life he played on many champion curling teams. Garth's true calling was for football. In high school he played with the Daniel McIntyre Maroons and went on to play for the Winnipeg Rods 1955 to 1957. These were heyday years for the Rods. They won the Canadian Junior Football Championship in 1955 and 1956 with Garth scoring two touchdowns in the 1956 final game. The Rods were inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and in 2009 in honour of their 1955 and 1956 victories, respectively. In 1958, Garth attended the Blue Bomber Rookie Camp, playing in their preseason games. It was at one of these games that he sustained the knee injury which effectively ended his dream of a pro football career.
Garth went on to become a qualified electrician, apprenticing with his uncle, Bert Young. He ultimately decided that it wasn't for him and began a career in sales.
Garth always took great care to give the best, funniest birthday cards and was generous to a fault. He had a sweet tooth and a good sized stash of Cadbury milk chocolate bars. He was truly young at heart, enjoying many kinds of movies and music, especially that of Elton John and Neil Young. These are the things that we will remember when we think of him.
Cremation has taken place. A family service will take place at a later date.
If friends so desire, a donation in Garth's name may be made to the charity of your choice.

Richard Rosin
Funeral Director Ltd.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Dad... Gaffer....Words cannot express how much I miss you. Every day passes and it is still surreal to think you aren’t here anymore. You were a beautiful soul and I know the heavens got one of our best. I’ll miss our talks, all the stories, the songs you played for me over the phone. You made my life brighter and more joyful in every way. Thank you for sharing so much of your heart. I’ll cherish that & you for the rest of my days. I love you. Always. Kimmers ❤️ - Posted by: Kim Hale (Daughter) on: Feb 14, 2021

  • I knew Garth (Gaffer) and spent many fun times with Garth and a few other friends at gatherings at his home On Erin St. listening to great music and enjoying a few cocktails. Garth always had stories to tell and was well liked by those of us who knew him. Garth will be missed. - Posted by: Jack Reay (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2021

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