Gary Edward Lindstrom

June 12, 1939January 5, 2021

Gary Lindstrom

Gary Edward Lindstrom, a lifelong resident of Kenora, died on January 5, 2021 at the District of Kenora Home for the Aged. Gary was born on June 12, 1939 in Kenora and was 81 years old. He was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Olga (Sandstrom) Lindstrom, his infant brother Gerald and sister Marie Riley. He is lovingly survived by his sister Sharon Nandzik of Loves Park, Illinois, niece Sarah Bexell of Englewood, Colorado, nephew, Aaron Bexell of Beloit, Wisconsin and great niece Carrie Riley and her daughter Samantha of Toronto, Ontario. Gary is also survived by cousins Florence Boylan, Myrna Voell, Leone Durham, Ray Landry and Lois Hinton-Tubret.

Gary worked for his uncle at ‘Tom Hinton’s Mens and Boys Wear’ in Kenora for 40 years. He was a lifelong member of Bethesda Lutheran Church and served as an usher there for many years. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion where he often “worked the elevator”. He was also an avid bowler, being named “bowler of the month” many times. Gary loved to meet and greet everyone he knew in Kenora. He loved to tease and be teased, especially when visiting the Fire Hall and Police Station. He was thrilled when a policeman gave him a ride home in the cruiser telling him to “stay out of trouble”. He was very proud of his baseball cap collection from every business and baseball or hockey team.

He was blessed with the loving care and assistance of his Kenora cousins, Barton and Nancy Bergman, Glen Anderson and Jan Lindstrom in the last several years of his life.

Many thanks go to staff at Pinecrest for wonderful care and making his last months very happy ones. Donations in memory of Gary may be made to Pinecrest Home for the Aged, Bethesda Lutheran, or a charity of your choice.

Private family graveside Service will be held on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Lake of the Woods Cemetery with Pastor Cathy Giroux officiating.

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bill Burris

January 19, 2021

I first met Gary in grade one at southward school. We became friends and although I spent my working life in Vancouver I regularly ran into Gary when spending time in Kenora .Gary never forgot me and always wanted to know how my sisters were doing. On our last visit we had lunch at Emily's and did a delightful tour of lakeside where we grew up . Gary filled me in on who lived where and had a far better memory than I did.I tried to reach him this past summer and phoned when I got back to Vancouver but i guess he had moved to Pinecrest and I had his Park street no. I will miss my loyal and gentle friend. bill burris

Linda Mcneill

January 18, 2021

Gary had a way of making you feel like you made his day by just saying hello. he took his duties at Bethesda very seriously I knew him there, from church council as well and at the Legion Rest In Peace

Robyn Stahls

January 15, 2021

I had the pleasure of growing up with Gary in Bethesda. He was always so friendly. Always so loving. The man would give you the shirt off his back. As the years when on, I lost touch. About 5 years ago, I met up with him again. He remember me and one of my children from church. He will be missed by many. Rest in peace Gary, you are free.

Tammy Pernsky

January 14, 2021

This photo was Gary celebrating 25 years of service at Hinton’s. He was a hard worker there. He could tell which fire truck was going by the store by the siren without looking. “Oh there goes #5.. hope everyone’s ok”. Always kibitzing with anyone he could. Friendly chap who always said hello. R.I.P. Gary. Great guy!

Jan Lindstrom

January 13, 2021

A photo of a plaque Gary received from the Kenora Police Service. A very fitting verse for him.

Shannon Stark

January 11, 2021

New to Kenora in 2001, Gary was the first person I met at the Royal Canadian Legion. Always a smile on his face, he liked to play tricks and tell groaners. Thank you for sharing your table, your stories and your friendship Gary.

Mary and Allan Morris

January 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a great gentleman and good neighbour. Ever time we saw him he always asked if we were looking after 4th Ave.
Rest In Peace Gary.
Allan and Mary

Kari Neil

January 8, 2021

Gary was always so kind and good to me at Parkview. Always helping me carry items to our office , always joking with a smile on his face.
He was a very kind man who will be missed,

Bill Szestopalow

January 8, 2021

Gary was the best neighbor anyone could hope to have...He was a Man among peacefully.

🕊🤎 🌿

Sharon Nandzik

January 8, 2021

In January of 1951, a very sad little girl entered your life and home as your new foster sister, remaining with your family until graduating from High School. We became brother and sister and have kept in touch for close to 70 years, talking often and enjoying many visits. Sarah and Aaron have fond memories of our visits to Kenora. You were loved and will be missed .
Sharon and John, Sarah and Aaron