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South Calgary Funeral Centre and Crematorium

12700 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB

OBITUARY

Gary Johnathan Croft

December 31, 1955February 3, 2020

Gary Croft passed away peacefully on February 3, 2020 at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones and is now an angel watching over us. Gary was an incredible father to Austin and Stephanie and a loving husband to his wife, Karen. Gary was a brother to Christine (Brian) Hall, John (Wanda) Croft, Mike (Nancy) Croft, a son of Elsie Croft and late father Jack (Diane) Croft, an uncle to several nieces and nephews, and a true friend to all that knew him.

Gary would do anything for his friends and family, where he always gave much more than he took and never asked for anything in return. Gary had a remarkable ability to brighten up any occasion and/or room. Gary was an avid skier, golfer, and chef, who brought a smile to everyone's face with his endless offerings of great food and drink. His generosity, sense of humour, loving spirit, and genuine personality will be greatly missed by many. He had a true “Lion heart”.

The family wishes to acknowledge the Doctors, Nurses, and HCA’s of Unit 73 at the Rockyview General Hospital for their compassionate care of Gary.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Glenmore Inn, (1000 Glenmore Court SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. Please wear an outfit that represents Gary’s love for life (leather pants are encouraged).

Services

21 February

Celebration of Life

1:30 pm

The Glenmore Inn

1000 Glenmore Court SE


Calgary, Alberta

Memories

Gary Johnathan Croft

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Witold Gutter

February 15, 2020

Gary - a man who never had a bad thing to say about others, and whom others never had a bad thing to say about Gary. Gary was always smiling, and so kind, and thoughtful and generous to all. He was not a big man - but he was a rock solid mountain. Today, and in the days to come, my thoughts are with Gary's family - especially Karen, Austin and Stephanie.

Robin Bright

February 13, 2020

Dear Stephanie,
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear Dad. I am thinking of you and your entire family, knowing that it is a difficult time for everyone. In a very short period of time, I was able to see what a truly lovely and incredible person your Dad was - and of course, I can tell that because of you! You, your Mom, and your brother are all in my heart. Much love and care to you and your family,
Robin

marie pacileo

February 12, 2020

my deepest condolences to karen, austin, and stefanie. i am so so sorry to here this news. gary was my plumberfor many years and was always like a friend. i can not believe that he is gone. he was a wonderful man and family man . always talked about his family.
just know that he was such a kind k person and know he will be missed by many people, one of the kindness people we got to meet.
may the love of family and friends help you at this trying time.
God Bless.

Teraca Moffatt

February 12, 2020

I first met Gary when our kids were little and playing hockey together. He always made the road trip or wait outside the dressing room a little more entertaining. And of course the parent parties where if anyone had a piano, the next thing you knew Gary was sitting down and giving us a concert. Like most of his friends, if we had a plumbing problem, who did you call. Gary you will be missed.

FRANK KENNEDY

February 12, 2020

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Gary and travelling with him to Nashville for a course many years ago and we remained in contact since then. Gary was one of the nicest and kindest fellows I have ever met. He made everyone laugh - even his laughter was contagious. He will be missed.

Trevor Syrnick

February 11, 2020

I had the opportunity to meet and work with Gary what seems only a few short years ago. I will always remember his forthright attitude and gracious spirit. Whether conversing about his trips to Scotland or to Mexico, his love of golf or cooking or his appetite for Scotch among other finer things in life, he never left anyone feel alone. He will surely be missed as our hearts grow a little more brittle.

Rest in my peace my friend, I am honored to have shared this world with you.

Mike Higgins

February 10, 2020

It is with heavy heart my condolences to Karen, Stephanie, Austin and the whole Croft family. I must admit I was gutted when hearing the news of Gary passing away. I worked with Gary at the airport in 04/05 and remember his contagious laugh. He loved reading the morning paper and would let out long moans when something just wasn’t right especially the political parts. Lunchtime was a culinary experience every day and if he didn’t have leftovers then it was the infamous Donaire. Gary will be sorely missed. He was an excellent friend, buddy, and work partner. I am so thankful to have known you and will meet you on the other side Gary.
RIP my friend.

Bryanne Vergara

February 8, 2020

To the Croft family,

Gary was our plumber and friend for the last several years and he lovingly took good care of our family and our home. He always made and effort to check in when he was in the neighbourhood and he was happy to help any time we needed him. His loss will certainly be felt and his memory will not be forgotten. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Bryanne (Vergara) and Kevin Parbhu

Rick Phipps

February 8, 2020

I am stunned and saddened to hear this news. I have nothing but fond memories of Gary, dating back to Elementary school. Big hearted, full of fun, no bull, standup guy—only the finest words come to mind. See you on the backside Gary!

Kerry Knoll

February 8, 2020

The world just lost one of its most carefree smiles. I still remember meeting Gary in a bar in Calgary, maybe 45 years ago, and laughing all that night and many other nights over the years. God rest his soul and my deepest condolences to all of his loved ones.

FROM THE FAMILY