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Date of Passing: Apr 16, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Garry was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Betty Hiebert.
He leaves to cherish his memory, wife Donna and son Carl (Laura); brother Randy (Lynn); nephews, David (Carla), Jordan (Debbie); nieces, nephews and cousins; Uncle Richard (Mary) Hiebert, Aunt Edna Zacharias and Aunt Elsie Bevies. Donna's family: brothers, Ken, Tom (Athalie), and Terrence; sisters, Janice (Doug), and Ruth.
Garry grew up in North Kildonan and graduated from River East Collegiate. It was here that lifelong and enduring friendships such as those with Ed Martens and Herb Regehr were developed, a theme that continued throughout his life.
Always inquisitive, Garry set out to experience life. Taking him backpacking twice through Europe, working on an Israeli Kibbutz and travelling 17 times to Barbados, that again developed lifelong friendships.
Garry's professional career involved working for Nelson River Construction and the last 20 years with New Flyer Industries till his retirement in 2019.
In 1985, Garry's continuous love of adventure brought him to Ward Island in Lake of the Woods where he soon became the proud owner of a cottage. This was his happy place, a place where he was always willing to share with family and friends. Garry enjoyed fishing and having a drink with his friends.
In typical Garry fashion, meaningful friendships were continually being developed and brimmed with a reservoir of beautiful fond memories. These we know provided comfort during his journey and battle with cancer.
In 1991 Garry met the love of his life Donna Dahle and created a loving home and life together. Undoubtedly the proudest moment in Garry's life was the birth of their son Carl. Rarely did a conversation not include Carl, his accomplishments and the man that he has become. Carl's wife Laura and her family (Beens) became a significant part of Garry's life in the last three years. They supported Garry and made him feel part of their family.
GARRY'S WORDS :
"I do want people to know I consider myself
to be very fortunate and do not feel cheated.
I have had and been able to live such an
amazing life. To have been blessed with the
most loving caring wife and son, daughter-in-law, parents, brother, sister-in-law, cousins and friends who provided me with unconditional love and support. So many "families" have been a part of my life and helped me experience what life has to offer".
GARRYS MOTTO WAS :
Less Frowns, More Smiles
Less Crying, More Laughing
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, please make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba.
A celebration of Garry's life will take place once COVID restrictions are eased.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 01, 2021
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
I was thinking about Garry today and found this tribute. Sad to see. Garry was a good friend. True and honest guy. Two trips to Barbados with Garry. Wonderful memories from baseball to curling and a variety of others. Ervin, Herb and others were among the many friends. Got to know each other at Nelson River construction. I moved to Vancouver and we lost touch. But never forgot. - Posted by: Ben Friesen (Friend) on: Nov 16, 2021
My deep condolences to Garry’s family and friends. I never met Garry but still feeling connected somehow. We once connected online because of our same name. Many times as I would travel our identities would be confirmed as the same person by a clerk at a hotel. I was born in Winnipeg 1959, raised in Niverville on the farm and our family is Mennonite. Our childhood vacation location was Lake of the Woods and now we travel the Caribbean. I am an avid fisherman and love life and believe anything is possibly. We shared a life very much a mirror miracle in my mind. Even though we never met in person I feel the loss of Garry. Love each other and enjoy the day as today is the best day of life. - Posted by: Garry Hiebert (Same name different life) on: Jun 30, 2021
Donna and family, so sorry to hear about Garry’s death. Sounds like he had a fabulous perspective on life which doesn’t surprise me. Take care of yourself. Leslie and Shayne Udell - Posted by: Leslie Udell (Friend) on: May 15, 2021
Donna and Carl My heart hurts for you as I read that Garry passed away. I am so sorry he had to suffer through cancer. I have many fond memories with you and Garry and George and I. I am sure that George and Garry are having a few laughs together now! Love and hugs to you my friend. I am hear if you need someone to listen. I know how much it hurts Peace. Cate - Posted by: Cate Boyko (Friend) on: May 14, 2021
Donna, Carl, and family, We are so sorry to hear of Garry's passing. We always remember what great hosts you and Garry were Donna and how you both just clicked and loved the same things. I always think of Garry when I hear Jimmy Buffett and I will continue to do so. I will be in touch Donna. Until we see you, take care and Hugs Brenda and Ken - Posted by: Ken and Brenda Watson (Friends) on: May 14, 2021
One of the good guys. I enjoyed working with Garry on various projects and I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. Garry will be missed by his many friends. - Posted by: Ross Watson (Co-worker) on: May 09, 2021
Donna, Carl and family, I am saddened to hear of Garry's passing into the heavens and thinking of you. He will be well remembered by his infectious laugh and caring soul. - Posted by: Lorrie Armstrong (Friend in the community) on: May 03, 2021
Donna, Carl, Laura and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Garry was the most thoughtful, kind, gentle person we knew. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He never wanted to make anything about himself always asking us how we are and what’s happening in our lives. You could always see how much love he had for You Donna and how proud he was of Carl. RIP Garry we will miss you so much xoxo Tracy, Bernie, Colton and Kaidyn - Posted by: Tracy and Bernie Paseluikho (Friend) on: May 02, 2021
My sincere condolences to Garry's family. I met Garry at New Flyer and he always had a smile and was well liked by his friends and fellow workers. May he rest in Peace. Ron Campbell - Posted by: Ron Campbell (Friend/co-worker at New Flyer) on: May 01, 2021
I would like to express my heart-felt condolences to Donna, Carl/Lauren, Randy/Lynn, and the rest of Garry’s family on this loss. Its hard for me to put into words how amazing Garry was to me as a lifelong friend. Funny how life brings people into your life with no harbouring of how a special friendship will result from that chance meeting so many years ago. I consider myself blessed beyond compare to have known Garry and to have enjoyed the benefit of our special friendship throughout my life. What a great guy! I will miss him. Love to all; Herb - Posted by: Herb Regehr (Friend) on: May 01, 2021
Will talk to you in person Donna. - Posted by: Sharon (Friend) on: May 01, 2021
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