Mr. Gary Frederick Prior
January 29, 1948 – May 9, 2019
PRIOR, GARY FREDERICK 1948-2019
Taken from us all too soon, our beloved Gary passed away suddenly at home while sitting in his favorite chair.
Gary is predeceased by his parents Fred and Irene Prior, his loving wife Ada of 44 years, and his cherished Audriana.
He leaves to mourn his sister Nola (Lorenzo), nephew Christopher (Brandy), niece Meghan (Andrew), great-niece Logan, great-nephew Colten, treasured cousin Teri Anne (Michael) and many other family and friends.
Born in New Westminster, Gary attended school at Herbert Spencer Elementary, Vincent Massey Junior High and graduated high school from Centennial Senior Secondary. He was an only child for eleven years until his sister Nola brightened his life with her presence. They had a special brother/sister bond right to the end.
Always adventurous, Gary left home at 20 to make his own way. He worked for, and retired from the Liquor Control Board. He had an avid and lifelong love for sports; in his younger years he played hockey, lacrosse and tennis. Later in life he was hooked on golfing and bowling.
At the age of 22 Gary’s life was forever changed when Ron, his best friend at the time, introduced him to Ada Margery Jacklin. Ada became his beloved wife and lifelong partner. They married in 1972 and lived all of their married life on the lower mainland.
Gary and Ada enjoyed a rich life with family and friends; favorite activities were vacationing at Cultus Lake and relaxing at their Washington State-Birch Bay property. They loved collecting trinkets of all kinds, the more the better. Gary and Ada never had any children of their own; however, their life together was enriched by Teri Anne and her daughter Audriana, whom they embraced like a daughter and granddaughter.
Gary was known for his generosity, great sense of humor and an ability to make friends wherever he went. He loved to play games, and his competitive spirit often shone through when he played crib as this was a favorite. He was an extremely shrewd poker player and often took pleasure playing at the local casino. He was a tremendous tease and could be known to think up the craziest nicknames.
Gary was known to be sentimental and would often take a drive through the parts of the city where he grew up, and talk about “the good old days”. He loved his family deeply and was devoted to those he held close in his heart. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday July 6th, 2019 at 1:00pm at First Memorial Burkeview Chapel located at 1340 Dominion Avenue, Port Coquitlam with a reception to follow.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 6, 2019
- Reception Saturday, July 6, 2019
Mr. Gary Frederick Prior
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July 5, 2019
Steve’s favourite cousin Gary became a favourite of mine too!
He’s the only person who called me “Beautiful“ ...But, he probably said that to all the girls.
Steve would tell Gary that he needed glasses!!!
The last time that we saw Gary was on March 16th. Steve and I went out for dinner with Gary. When we arrived at our favourite Chinese Food place, Wonton House, on Lougheed, we found out that it was closed for their holidays.
So, we found another place, but on the way there was a detour. So, while Steve was driving down side roads and trying to get there, Gary was reminiscing about his parents in that area, on Thermal Dive.
He was on junior hockey teams at Queens Park and could walk there on his own from home. He talked about their German shepherd dog, their cat, garden and very eclectic patio at the house on Cumberland Street? How he had met Ada through his best friend. It was interesting to learn even more about his past. I was looking forward to learning more the next time we’d get together but then he was gone.
Gary was very warm-hearted, very giving, sentimental and FUN to be around!!!
He was so good at any card game too!!! So it was always good to have Gary for a partner. He gave me many good tips!
A few times I called him up from our cabin for advice when Steve was trying to make a new rule in crib.
I remember when we first started camping at Alloette Lake and then at Cultus Lake. Gary and Ada’s tent was nicknamed the Taj Mahal !!!
You name it, he had it inside and outside of the tent⛺️.
We just couldn’t resist giving him our fold up crib table.
Oh, I also remember Gary playing Red Mittens with Chris & Jenn.
Their hands would be so red while Gary would slap and laugh.
Chris especially would continue in pain because he believed that he could beat Gary.....meanwhile I hoped he would stop ASAP!!!
He played this crazy game with Zach too...ouch!!!
I’ll never forget his chuckle😊
I miss you and Ada❤️❤️
June 22, 2019
Gary was such a cool cat, even as a kid I remember thinking he’s a cool guy, and so much more ofcourse. I remember Gary and Ada from a very young age, Gary was always one to spend time with us kids and talk to us, and spoil us. Some memories that stand out are his crazy telephone collection, his amazing variety of patterned pants, his trailer when he would come camping always had the best accessories and strings of fun lights. I learned a lot from him over the years and I can credit him and his dad Fred for the cribbage player I am today. He had such a pleasant demeaner and I loved his laugh. A few years back myself, my partner Jamie, my brother Chris and his wife Nicola joined Gary and Ada’s Sunday night bowling league, we had a lot of fun, I was proud to call him my cousin. I’m thankful we were able to spend as much time as we did together and enjoyed each other’s company. I miss you Gary! I hope you're with Ada now. I love you both.
June 19, 2019
So very sorry to hear of your loss Ada and Nola.. Gary was such a special guy, so positive and always smiling.
We have shared many good times with your family that will never be forgotten.
Love to all.
June 19, 2019
Gary, Gary, Gary…I miss you man!
You always told me you weren’t a perfect man and I was always quick to agree with you, lol.
However, and fortunately, it was well known between us that you were so special to me and that I learned things from you that others never taught me. I am honoured to have known you and to have loved you dearly, my cousin. It wasn't long before your passing that Lita, you and I had dinner out and I spoke to you a couple of days before you left so I have recent memories as well as many, many more from over the years.
The only saving grace is that, as far as we know, you had a peaceful departure from this earthly plain.
I’m sure that being reunited with your beloved Ada, other family members and friends is a good thing for you. But it’s always the ones ‘left-behind’ that have to feel the loss, and I sure do.
Once again cuz, I love you, I miss you, and please know that you left a very positive mark on this-here-man.
Rest In Peace my man
Picture of Gary, my son Chris and I at a BC Lions Game