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Born: Nov 19, 1961

Date of Passing: Dec 25, 2022

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November 29, 1961- December 25, 2022

With broken hearts, we announce the passing of Garry on Christmas Day with his wife and girls surrounding him with love.
Garry was born on November 29, 1961 to Edmond and Lorraine Leclerc in Winnipeg. His childhood was filled with memories lived on baseball fields, hockey rinks, campgrounds and the neighbourhood of St. Boniface.
After graduating from Louis Riel Collegiate, he moved on to several jobs and pastimes that allowed him to make lifelong friends and create legacy stories that continue to be told to this day. He spent time at Red River College graduating with his Carpentry Diploma before embarking on jobs in the residential and commercial settings before moving to positions in the Louis Riel School Division.
In 1986, Garry met and married the love of his life and later became a Girl Dad to Carlee and Dominique. His family was his priority and life was better because he was in their lives. As the girls got older, he embraced their passions and became involved in triathlons, volleyball and running. He was the dad who would sit on the phone long distance until the day's dilemma was solved. His first response was always "what am I going to do about that from Manitoba?" He was their biggest champion as they pursued their educational dreams and found their way as adults. He even smiled and continued to support them when they married Saskatchewan boys. Not an easy feat for a die-hard Bomber fan! Time spent with Madison and Logan brought him great joy. Logan was his mate and their special bond was magical to watch. Madison was his princess and she lived up to the part. She had him wrapped around her finger before she took her first steps. Adventures big and small were always better with Grandpa by their side.
Garry loved his books, doing car, carpentry and woodworking projects, long runs on the coldest of days, watching the Jets play, golfing with his buddies and time in the gym coaching. His favorite nights were cozy ones at home with all his girls (including his pup, Luna) by his side.
After being diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Garry received the very best of our health care system. We would like to thank Concordia Urgent Care and Grace Emergency Room staff for keeping Garry comfortable until the ICU team at HSC took over. The ICU team and consulting doctors worked so very hard to diagnose and care for him during this time. We are forever grateful for their dedication to the medical profession and perseverance on finding alternative treatment plans until there were no other options available. Also thank you to MICU4 nurses Amanda, Beth and Ruth who treated Garry with compassion and care and helped guide all of us through this journey that no one ever wants to walk.
Garry was predeceased by his dad Edmond; sister Gail Phillips and mother-in-law Marilyn LaPage. He is survived by his wife Mary; daughters, Carlee (Cody) and Dominique (Tanner); grandchildren, Logan and Madison; his mother Lorraine; siblings, Brian (Cindra), Ron (Maureen), Sandra; brother-in-law Jeff Phillips; father-in-law Dick LaPage; in-laws, Cindy (John) Jones; Rick (Melanie) LaPage along with many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Pinnacle Club located at IG Field, 315 Chancellor Matheson Road on Tuesday, January 3 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of donations, please consider bringing a book suitable for children under 14 with you to the service. The books will be donated on his behalf to a school library so others can enjoy a good book as much as he did.

Friends and family are invited to visit Garry's memorial page, where memories and condolences may be shared.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Interlake Cremation & Memorial Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 31, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • I went to school with Garry from early elementary years all the way up to our graduation. He was always kind and a person you could depend on. Later in life we connected again - on the volleyball court, coaching teams against each other. His wife Mary would also cross paths with me through connections in the school division we both work for. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for Mary, Carlee, Dominique and the rest of the family. Sharlene Keenas - Posted by: Sharlene Keenas (School friend/Volleyball friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • RIP Garry! My condolences to Garry’s wife, children, grandchildren and family. Garry and I were best friends through high school. He always was able to make me laugh and we had many fun times together! He was a very thoughtful and pleasant person to be around. My high school sweetheart (whom I married) also thought that Garry was the best friend I could have. Till we meet again my friend XOXO. - Posted by: Joanne Harris (High school friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • Dear Mary, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts. Sincerely, Wendy Kuryk - Posted by: Wendy Kuryk (Co-worker) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • We are very saddened and shocked by Garry's passing. He was a wonderful person, a family man with high character and a great sense of humour. He always had a positive outlook and was great to be around. We will miss our golfing buddy and good friend dearly. To Mary, Carlee, Cody, Dominique, Tanner and the rest of the family, we share in your loss and offer deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Bernie Bohunicky (friend) on: Jan 03, 2023

  • I only met Gary later in life through mutual friends. He was such a great guy, he was easy to talk to and always a great host for poker night. I think he lived his life according to the three F rule; Family, Friends and Fun. My condolences to his loved ones during this difficult time, and just to say that he was loved by many. - Posted by: Eric (Friend) on: Jan 02, 2023

  • I was lucky enough to work with Garry for 13 years at Victor Wyatt. I would bring him the occasional coffee because he was always helping me with the various messes that happened in my Kindergarten room. His humour often brought a smile to my face no matter what was happening in my life. He was a wise man who was obviously deeply devoted to his family. He often talked about his daughters and their accomplishments. I moved to Saskatoon in 2016 and promised him I would remain a devoted Bomber fan! I was blessed to have to opportunity to know him. I will be donating books to our local school in his memory. - Posted by: Janice (JJ) Jackson (Coworker ) on: Jan 02, 2023

  • One of the good guys! I’ll miss walking into the LaPage-LeClerc residence seeing Garry with his comfy slippers, a book in hand, his readers on his nose, and a big “HI Sue”! Garry and Mary built such a beautiful life together, both drawing the very best out of each other. And those girls! Girls that they graciously shared with Auntie Sue, my heart bursts for them. From time to time, Garry gave me advise on love and relationships. I always thought he must have been wrong because, well, I’m still single. What I’ve come to realize, he was right, I just wasn’t listening!! Mary and Garry showed care & compassion ALWAYS, even when life threw them curve balls. I’m so sorry for the loss of a thoughtful husband, a wonderful father, but also my friend too. Much Love Always! - Posted by: Sue Sydorchuk (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • Garry has left a permanent mark in our family. First, as a volleyball coach to a Taylor and eventually as friends and co-coaches in our club volleyball years. Garry (and Carlee) were always quick to lend a hand, exceptionally detailed practice plans, and the kindest of ears. We will forever cherish our time with Garry and his family. Heartfelt condolences to you all Mary and family. - Posted by: Glenn, Jamie, Taylor Evans and family (Friends ) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • To say that Garry will be missed is an understatement. He was another brother to me and between him and my brother Brad, guys had to 'beware". My heart truly is sad!! RIP Garry - Posted by: Sonia Feakes (Friend) on: Dec 31, 2022

  • Garry was such a special person. My fondest memories are spending time having drinks and appies at Smittys. So many laughs. Wish there had been more of them. My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Mary, Carlee and Dominique. Sending love to you all. Dar xoxo - Posted by: Donna Lempen (Friend ) on: Dec 31, 2022

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