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First Memorial Funeral Services - Riverview Chapel

11090 86 Ave, Fort Saskatchewan, AB

OBITUARY

Garry Charles LEPAGE

September 30, 1934August 2, 2019
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Garry Charles LePage

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear father, brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather on August 2, 2019. Garry Charles Lepage was born on September 30, 1934 in Fort Saskatchewan, the youngest of 8 children. Garry is survived by his 2 brothers; 2 sisters; 6 children; 12 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. Please join us at a Service of Remembrance on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 1:00 pm at First Memorial Funeral Services Riverview Chapel. If you wish to honour Garry’s kind and giving spirit, donations to the Dr. Turner Lodge, 9422 – 94 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L0T7 are gratefully appreciated. Garry’s family wishes to thank the staff at Dr. Turner Lodge, Dr. Guari, and the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital for the kindness and care provided to their father. Online condolences may be sent through www.riverviewfuneral.com.

Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Riverview Chapel, Fort Saskatchewan, AB 780-998-9898

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Barb Lemay

August 9, 2019

Leann and family,
Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I am unable to attend the service but know that my thoughts are with you and yours. From our conversations I know that Papa was quite a character and will be missed. Wrap yourself in his love for you and in the happy memories you have.

Barb

Ayla Beaton

August 8, 2019

~ Grandpa Garry ~
I love you forever and always. I will always remember your silly jokes and how you made me laugh all the time. There will never be another grandpa like you to replace you in my heart.

Love Ayla Beaton
xoxo

Leann Hines

August 8, 2019

~ Poem for Papa ~
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I hear a voice that whispers, ‘Grieve not for me’
Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good I lived while I was strong
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you
Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed
Continue traditions, no matter how small
Go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall
I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin
Until that fine day we’re together again.

Author Unknown

Not a day or moment goes by that we don't think of you and wish that you're here, but we understand how it was your time to go. Now sit back.... relax and enjoy your visits with those loved ones in heaven and know that everything here is "Tickety Boo"!!
Love you Papa!!
Love Leann and Garth Hines

Lyle & Sina LePage

August 7, 2019

We will always remember you, uncle Garry with a big smile on your face. Your sense of humour, hospitality, giving nature and your shared love of deep fried foods at the Chinese buffet with your brother, Lyle when we visited Fort Saskatchewan in 2011, was a memory we still laugh about! Don't let any vegetable touch the plate! Lol!
Until we meet and laugh again, you will remain safely tucked in our hearts and live on in our memories. We will miss you dearly. Love, Lyle and Sina LePage
Delta BC

Colleen McNeill

August 7, 2019

Dear Papa. 💕You were so loved and will be forever missed. Smile down on us as we smile up to you. Enjoy every sunrise and sunset and say hi to all those that have passed before us. 💕

Elly Wolff

August 7, 2019

Always in my heart Dad♥️. It is not goodbye, but I will see you again .

Leann Hines

August 7, 2019

~ Poem for Papa~
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I hear a voice that whispers, ‘Grieve not for me’
Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good I lived while I was strong
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you
Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed
Continue traditions, no matter how small
Go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall
I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin
Until that fine day we’re together again.

Not a day or moment goes by that we all wish you where here, but we understand. Now sit back, relax, enjoy catching up with all the relatives in heaven and your smoke... because everything will be "Tickety Boo"!
Love you Papa to the Heavens and Beyond!
Leann

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Biography

Garry Charles LePage came into this world on September 30, 1934, the youngest of 8 children born to Annie and Charles residing in Fort Saskatchewan Garry’s own family consisted of 6 children, Colleen (Bob), Eleanor (Peter), Leann (Garth), Ken (Jacqui), Dawn (Leo) and Troy; 12 grandchildren, Christine (Mark), Bobbi (Daryl), Shawn (Amy), Kyle (Cassandra), Josh, Shawntel, Colin, Ryan, Jaryn, Denika, Ayla and Aiden; and 8 great-grandchildren, Justin, Brittany, Sarah, Emily, Chase, Paige, Jennifer and Ashley.

Garry grew up in The Fort where his siblings often had to look after him, he was their baby and their nickname for him was Cooper or Coops, after the popular actor of the day Gary Cooper.

In his younger adult years, he worked at the old Fort Jail. His grandfather was one of the first Northwest Mounted Police in the area and Garry was a proud member of the Legion of Frontiersmen as well as volunteering his spare time to the Fort Saskatchewan Fire Department. He received a medallion from the fire department when they celebrated their 110th anniversary.

In the early 1960’s Garry moved to British Columbia to work in the forest industry. He worked at various sawmills operating graders, skidders and other equipment in the Prince George and Houston areas, often staying in camps. He was proud to be the driver of the largest logging truck in BC at the time, but enjoyed his many hours at the controls of his grader the most. Another favourite piece of equipment was the feller bunches (tree shearer). Garry was quite the handyman around the house too, as he always enjoyed tinkering and fixing things.

Garry married Millie in 1957 and they had four children, Colleen, Eleanor (Elly), Leann and Kenneth (Kenny) before eventually divorcing. He later married Fay and adopted her son Troy. Millie also remarried and had a daughter, Dawn who was also considered a part of Garry’s family. Garry’s family went beyond the bounds of the traditional, the list of which is too numerous to mention. Family was very important to Garry and he always enjoyed being with family for visits and celebrations. He also loved his dogs and had several over the years, the last ones being Pookie, Rambo and Mazy. Garry also loved his small fish and had an aquarium for many years.

Garry eventually moved back to his birthplace in Fort Saskatchewan where he retired. He took up residence in the original Dr. Turner Lodge located within the old downtown area. He spent many a day driving around the countryside of the Fort Saskatchewan area in his truck with his coffee and cigarette, visiting all the places he used to roam as a younger man, reminiscing while trekking through places like Lamont and Elk Island. Later on Colleen and Elly would take him out for coffee, lunch and on tours to see the Christmas lights. He also loved the sun and had a particular love of beautiful orange red sunsets. And Garry enjoyed his food; if there was liver and onions on the menu that was what he ordered. Chocolate bars, popcorn twists, ginger snap cookies and cinnamon buns where also high on his list.

When the Dr. Turner Lodge moved, Garry went with it. Here he was given the privilege of selecting his room, which was in the back corner closest to the back entrance, where he could easily wander out and enjoy a smoke, outside in the sun when it was warm or in his truck when it got colder. Eventually, Garry and others would inspire The Lodge to construct a smoke room just outside that same back door, for those who needed a sheltered place to socialize while they smoked. Garry enjoyed spending time with the other residents at the lodge. He especially enjoyed spending time with ‘the girls’ in the smoke shack. He was a quiet man who didn’t say a lot but he always enjoyed listening.

While living in the Lodge making new friends and attending events was fun for Garry, his greatest source of relaxation and fun was his big-screen TV. You would often find him snoozing in front of the TV while his favorite channels, “The History Channel”, old movies or “CMT” played in the background. Garry enjoyed learning about history, especially Canadian history and local ghost stories. He also enjoyed reading novels, particularly Westerns as well as various magazines like the People and the National Enquirer.

In 2014 Garry made his dream trip down south to Nashville where he was thrilled to get to go to the Grand Ole Opry for a concert. He loved old country music and actually had an extensive record collection which included 78’s, 45’s and LP’s. He also made a stop in Las Vegas on that trip south but he couldn’t really see the point of feeding those slots.

Even until the end, Garry was very strong-willed and was the main source of fun. You would never see him without a grin or using his charming way with words to make you smile. He was quite the jokester in his own subtle way and he was a very independent man, never wanting to be a burden or a bother to anyone. He always appreciated seeing family and was grateful for everything they did for him. Never one to worry or share his problems, whenever you asked Garry how he was doing, he was fine.

Garry will be forever missed, never forgotten, and will always be in the hearts of his family and all those who knew and loved him. We know he will be “Tickity-Boo” eternally.