November 13, 1941 – November 23, 2021
“I Dug Life”
After a lengthy battle with cancer we are sad to announce the passing of Gray Amphlett, shortly after reaching his 80th Birthday. He is predeceased by his son Duane and survived by his wife Ibi, son Eric, daughter-in-law Kara and granddaughters Avery and Addison.
An affinity to the ocean was imprinted on Gray as a young boy growing up in New Zealand. He was born in Morrinsville and spent most of him time in Hamilton before moving to Canada in the late 60’s. His Canadian journey started in Edmonton. Realizing how cold Edmonton got in the winter, he headed out to Vancouver where he met his wife Ibi. This is where they raised their two sons, Duane and Eric.
Many family moments were shared on the waters at English Bay and throughout the coastal islands. His passion for sailing started with his hand built Mirror Dinghy and grew into part ownership of a 26” Columbian sailboat. His adventures included a voyage from Mexico to Vancouver (via Hawaii).
Gray made his living as a self employed excavator operator and eventually transitioned to the role of instructor with an Operators Training School (OTS). He was a skilled operator and was thrilled to be able to share his skills with the numerous students whom attended his classes.
After retiring from working the machines, Gray’s focus switched to helping with landscaping around the Gillis Walk complex, golfing and playing in two bands. Gray particularly enjoyed brass band music where he was able to play a variety of horns. He was able to remain active in these activities right up to the late stages of his illness. Gray returned to Edmonton in June, 2021 to live with his son Eric and family while he completed his cancer treatment and care.
The website https://ericamphlett3.wixsite.com/grayamphlett has been created to share more of Gray’s life.
Please feel free to upload pictures, share stories and connect with others within Gray’s circle of life. As per Gray’s wishes his ashes will be interred with his son in Burnaby, BC at a later date.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hainstockedmonton.com for the Amphlett family.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
December 1, 2021
I am sorry to hear of Gray's passing. I had many lovely visits in the community garden at the church where we shared our knowledge of things growing. Ibi, may you and your family find peace and blessings in your memories of Gray. Thinking of you, Joy
Karen Ellis (Gubbels)
November 27, 2021
Dear Eric, Kara, Avery and Addison,
I am sorry to hear this very sad news. Mr. Amphlett was a fixture cheering us on at the local track meets back in the day. I enjoyed keeping in touch over the years. He was so proud of your family and always kept me up to date with what you were up to. His face always lit up when he talked about his beloved granddaughters. I'm glad he was able to be with you through the later stages of his illness. I just re-watched his "Joy to the World" video greeting from last Christmas. I had saved it because it was so special. He really did bring joy to the world. Unfortunately, the opposite of great joy is great sorrow. My heart is with you through this painful time.
Karen Ellis (Gubbels), Kelowna