Garry Irwin Burlingham

May 19, 1938August 15, 2016

Garry Irwin Burlingham, CPA, of Digby, loving husband, father and grandfather, died on August 15, 2016, in Yarmouth Regional Hospital. He was 78. Garry was born in Saskatoon, Sask., eldest child of Mildred (Brooks) and Irwin Burlingham. His early education was in Saskatoon schools. Garry served as a sub-lieutenant on HMCS Kootenay. He survived the horrific explosion that occurred on Kootenay on October 23, 1969. He returned to school in his late 30’s to study accounting and completed the requirements as a Certified Management Accountant in his 40’s. He believed that it was never too late to get an education. Garry’s last paid employment was as the administrator of Tideview Terrace, a home for special care in Digby. He loved the residents and they loved him. He always enjoyed running into former co-workers who gave him lots of hugs. He was a diehard Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, and enjoyed watching Nascar and M.A.S.H on tv. Garry is survived by his wife, Heather (Duffy), sons Forbes (Katherine) Burlington, Ont; Gavin Burlingham, Halifax; Matthew Snow (Natasha Dugas), Belliveau Cove; twin grandsons Marcus and Matthew Snow of Grand Bank, NL; sister, Lynn (Gordon) Johanson of Calgary, AB and brother Brent (Laurie) Burlingham of Saskatoon. He is also survived by step-grandchildren Danielle and Brendon Saunders, Grand Bank, NL; chosen grandchildren Lacey and Lexi Falkingham of Kelowna, BC. He was predeceased by his first wife, Helen (MacDonald), parents and brother, Darryl. Garry was a ham radio operator, VA1 GB. He recently told Heather that he was happy with his life. Garry has been cremated. There will be a celebration of his life on Friday at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Steve Leroy at Digby Wesleyan Church; reception to follow. His ashes will be scattered in St. Mary’s Bay. The family is thankful for the excellent care Garry received at ER and ICU at Yarmouth Regional Hospital as well as from EHS ambulance service. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to a breast cancer charity, the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia or a charity of your choice. Do you love me? YES! More than ever? YES! And forever? YES!


  • A Celebration of Garry's Life Friday, August 19, 2016

Garry Irwin Burlingham

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August 22, 2016

Our sincerest condolences to all the family; to Lynn and the Johanson family:
Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Love from Grant, Sandra and Stephanie Johanson. Mississauga, Ont.

Raye&Terry Newman

August 19, 2016

So sorry to hear of Garry's passing. May the love you shared get you through this difficult time.

Raye & Terry Newman.

August 19, 2016

Very sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed catching up with Gary and meeting you Heather at the Kootenay reunion where he certainly gave a very poignant speech. Rspectfully Dr. Joe Homer.

August 18, 2016

Heather and Family ...thinking of you at this difficult time ...Hugs to all of you ...Doreen Cowan

Ron& Shirley Melanson

August 18, 2016

Heather & Family..We are so sorry to learn of Garrys passing...he was a very pleasant and caring man who had a smile for all .He will be truly missed by all who knew him.Our Deepest Sympathyto you and All the Family!

Karl White

August 18, 2016

Dear Heather ,Very sorry to learn of Garry's passing.As you know. I was also working in Long Term Care and met Garry through that work.He was very well respected in the field .We also shared "Kootenay stories as I had served in the ship earlier.Sincerely,Karl White,Bedford NS

Gloria Robicheau

August 18, 2016

Heather & Family

I am so sorry to hear of Garry's passing. He was a very caring person and will be missed by so many.
Gloria Robicheau

August 18, 2016

Heather and family,
My sincere condolences to you all. It was so much fun working with Garry in the same office at the Digby School Board, we had a lot of laughs for sure in that room. Then got to see him again when my parents were at Tideview. He was such a wonderful and compassionate person there with the residents.
I know you have lots of wonderful memories, so many more than those of us who knew him as a friend and/or coworker, and may they help a bit to lessen the pain you are feeling now. Thinking of you all.
Patsy Height-Lewis

August 18, 2016

To Heather and family: We were so sorry to hear that Garry had passed away. He was such a kind, gentle man liked and well respected by everyone who knew him. May all the very special ,wonderful memories that each one of you have of him bring you comfort at this time. He will always have a precious spot in each of your hearts and is only a thought away . Our most sincere sympathy. Willis and Maxine Marshall

Joyce Goucher-Richardson

August 18, 2016

With deepest condolences to the family, May god give you the strength at this time of need for the lose of a husband and father. My mom (Nancy Goucher) worked with him at Tideview Terrace for years. Our prayers are with you at this time of lost.