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Born: Mar 22, 1949

Date of Passing: Mar 17, 2021

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March 22, 1949 - March 17, 2021

With heavy hearts, but joy in his spiritual freedom, we announce the peaceful passing of Garry, in his home, surrounded by his family, on March 17, 2021.
Garry will be lovingly remembered, and leaves behind to mourn, his loving wife Gloria (Sontag), of 50 years, children, Wendy (Don Molton), Sheila (Ken Cade) and Wesley (Kathryn Kinley), sister Louise Golebioski, sister-in-law Geraldine Grycki, and brother Bernie (Shirley) Grycki. Also Gloria's family: her mother, Kay Sontag; her siblings, Richard (Judy) Sontag, Fern (Frank) Kotello, Bob (Corinne) Sontag, Jerry (Ellen) Sontag, Val (Gerald) Werhun, Linda (Bram) Ashwell, as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and many close friends near and far.
Garry was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Anne (Kiernicki) Grycki, twin brother Larry, brother-in-law Ronald Golebioski, and father-in-law Rudy Sontag.
Garry was born in Selkirk, MB and raised near Garson on the family farm. His passion for farming was evident from an early age with harvest time being his favourite. After taking Mechanical Technology at Red River College, Garry worked at Co-Op Implements while part-time farming with Gloria on his family's homestead property. In 1977 he quit his full-time job, embarking on the journey of his life's passion, with his vision being fulfilled as time progressed. He expanded the yard site and grew the farming operation to his exacting standards. During these years he began collecting antique Massey Harris / Ferguson tractors and combines, taking great pride in his collection and preserving the artifacts of his and his dad's era. He enjoyed his involvement in the Springfield Tractor Club, planning and participating in Antique Harvest days, and everything agriculture.
Garry loved his immediate and extended family, which included many close friendships within the local community and well beyond. He had a love for accordions, polka and old time music, traditional Polish and Ukrainian foods (and most foods) and took great pride in all of his collections, traditions and family roots. He loved taking scenic drives, travelling, camping and staying connected with his farming community at the local coffee shops. Garry was strong-willed and unerringly authentic. He was a people person! He gave great hugs! With his huge smile and great sense of humour, he embraced life and all it had to offer.
He will be greatly missed but is always near in our hearts. He will continue to watch over us for all of our remaining days until we are reunited in that Circle of Love once again.
A private family service will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Seasons Funeral Chapel. Those that wish to join the service virtually can do so by clicking the Livestream Link on Garry's memorial page at Interment will take place at a later date at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Garson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Publish Date: Mar 26, 2021


With heavy hearts but also joy in his spiritual freedom, we announce the passing of Garry Steven Grycki, peacefully at his home, on March 17, 2021, just five days shy of his 72nd birthday.
Full obituary to follow.

Family and friends are invited to sign the book of condolences and share memories
by visiting Garry's memorial page at

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2021

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021, Mar 26, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Our deepest condolences Gloria and Family on the passing of Gary. Having worked together with Gary many years ago at Co-op Implements, we enjoyed each others company and acknowledged his love of farming and Massey Harris equipment. We remained acquaintances over the years that followed. In addition, we enjoyed the traditional Ukrainian Culture, and cultural Zabavas. He will be missed! - Posted by: Wendy and Bill Hnytka (acquaintance and friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to you Gloria and family on your recent loss. My recollection of you and Gary, was when I sold you that blue Buick, way back when. May he R.I.P. Brian (BRD Enterprises) ... - Posted by: Brian Dzinkowski (Friend) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • To Gloria & family, my sincere condolences on the passing of your dear husband and father, Garry. To Bernie & Shirley, Louise, and all the extended Grycki family, I am truly sorry for your loss. May God comfort you all at this sad time. Karen Hlady - Posted by: Karen Hlady (Friend ) on: Mar 28, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Garry’s passing so young. Worked with Garry at co-op implements and was there when he left to go farming. He was a great guy and I liked working with him. Stay safe everyone - Posted by: Malcolm Campbell (Co worker at co-op implements ) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • Dear Gloria and Families, We send You and Yours our deepest condolences. We hope knowing that we Care is comforting. Our Prayers are with All of you. Love, Dorothy and Les Creek and Family - Posted by: Les and Dorothy Creek (Acquaintance ) on: Mar 27, 2021

  • This is so close to home, in our hearts & family, growing up, neighbours & baby siters & playmates. We lost track of eachother after the passing of his Mother. Then got back together after married life. We will all miss the big Guy. Gloria, we send our sincere heart felt condolences & our love. - Posted by: Don & Jane Libich (Family of both the Libich & Nazarawich ancestors.) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Dear Gloria, children and all extended family. Tony and I wish to extend our most sincere condolences on the premature and tragic loss of Garry. Our lives have crossed on both sides, Gloria--you and I going to high school together, and Garry and Tony working together at Polaris Industries in Beausejour. It was at a Polaris Christmas Party that I first met Garry. Later, during the time Garry was taking his Mechanical Technology course at Red River College, he would often drop by the Circulation Desk in the library where I was working at the time. He was very friendly and a pleasure to talk to. During one of those conversations he informed me that you were taking your Psychiatric Nursing. Later we all attended St. Michael's RC Church in Cooks Creek. How the years have flown by. I believe the last time we were in contact was when Tony's Dad was residing at Eastgate Lodge. For the past 20 years we have been living in the South Okanagan Valley thus our contacts had unfortunately come to an end. Although not in touch over the last 20 years, you and your family have crossed our minds with memories so very often. I believe our son Landin went to school with your children. It is indeed a tragedy that Garry left this world long before his time. Our prayers go out to you and your family; may the Good Lord give you strength to get through this difficult time. We must all be grateful for the good times we share during our time on earth. We always keep in mind that "We're Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time" and must make the very best of each day for it is indeed a "GIFT". Our condolences go out to your dear, sweet and beautiful Mother Kay who with her knowledge, patience and personality for many, many years took care of the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Michael's. God Bless her and we wish her extended longevity. Garry will live on in your hearts and memories until, one day, when all will be reunited to complete "The Circle of Life." With Much Love, Valerie (Krawchuk) and Tony Kent (Stankewich) - Posted by: Tony and Valerie Kent (Friends) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • My condolences Gloria and family. I have really come to value the friendship Garry was so ready to extend to all. We will also miss his accordion at the dances. We enjoyed his music and his jokes. RIP. - Posted by: Lloyd Thomas (Friend ) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • To Gloria and family. What a sad day it was to hear of Garry's passing and our sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. - Posted by: larry ozuk (Friend and coworker) on: Mar 26, 2021

  • Dear Gloria, extending our deepest sympathy on your husband's passing. Thinking of you & your family at this very sad & difficult time. Lynda Ruban, staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Mar 24, 2021

  • Our condolences at this difficult time. Norm and Janet Lofgren - Posted by: Norm Lofgren (Friend) on: Mar 22, 2021

  • Dear Gloria and family, We learned through Richard Rattai that Gary passed away. Our deepest sympathy on your loss. It has been many years since we were all active in CAM, and we remember Gary and you well from those times. He was always a solid supporter you could rely on. And I can still hear his kind of giggle when he laughed. Funny how you remember certain voices. Even though we did not stay in touch, you have often crossed our minds and we keep fond memories. We wish you strength in coping with your loss. Hugs from across the ocean. Toy and Jack - Posted by: Jack & Toy Heemskerk (Friends of old) on: Mar 22, 2021

  • Gloria and family. Very sorry to hear of Garry’s passing. I knew Garry all my life growing up in Garson. A great guy, always friendly and kind. Deepest sympathy. Brian Prychun - Posted by: Brian Prychun (Old friend) on: Mar 22, 2021

  • To all my deepest condolences - Posted by: Don Sherwood (Friend) on: Mar 20, 2021

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