OBITUARY

Gary Darling

April 18, 1948September 17, 2016

Gary H. Darling, 68, passed suddenly and unexpectedly at 7:24PM on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Born and raised in Alberta, Gary was the only son of Carl and Marie Darling. Making his move to British Columbia in 1972, Gary met his wife to be, Kim, in August of 1980, whom he went on to marry on July 4th of 1981, forming an inseparable bond and a lifetime of love and friendship. Gary was also fortunate enough to welcome three sons to his life, Michael, Mitchell, and David, who he loved dearly. Gary had many passions throughout his life; he loved baseball, fishing, and was an avid golfer. Gary was constantly striving to improve his golf game, and recently retired, Gary spent a lot of his new found time working towards the perfect golf game. If he found daily trips to the driving range weren’t helping, Gary found refuge in the pro-shop, where he constantly sought out the elusive perfect club that would turn it all around. Gary loved good food and good company; he was equipped with an infectious laugh that could be heard for miles, and a smile that could light up any room. Family and friends were at the core of Gary’s life. Gary was a proud and energetic force in the Fire Protection Industry. He learned the job from the ground up. This made him unique as a manufacturer’s representative, he had actually gotten dirt under his nails installing and testing the products he sold. After having built a successful fire safety company of his own, Gary went on to make his mark within several fire safety organizations in the Lower Mainland. Gary was well respected in the industry and gave back to the fire protection community by sharing his knowledge with fire authorities and teaching others in the industry. Gary was honored during Fire Prevention Week 2015 by the Township of Langley Fire Department as a Safety Star, recognizing people and organizations for their dedication and commitment to the Fire Department and Fire Safety. He was passionate about his industry and took a lot of pride in his work and colleagues.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kim Darling; his sons Michael Darling (Susan), Mitchell Darling (Stacey), and David Darling (Carley); and his grandchildren Devon, Emma, and Hazel. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ann Hunter; sister-in-law’s Carol-Ann Hunter and Valerie Hunter; his cousin Diane McMullin; and many close friends.

Please join us; a Celebration of Life will be held in Gary’s name at Eagle Quest Coyote Creek Golf Course (7778 152 Street, Surrey, BC) in the Grandview Ballroom at 1:00PM on Saturday, October 1st.

Arrangements under the direction of Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, Surrey, BC.

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, October 1, 2016

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Steve Price

October 10, 2016

Hello Kim and family, my father David Price would of been very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Unfortunately my Dad was in the hospital when Garry passed and he too passed away after a long illness on October 7th. Both men were stalwarts in the Fire Protection Industry and avid golf enthusiasts. We share your sorrow and will be thinking of your family during this time.

Steve Price (Dave's son)

Barbara Macgregor

October 7, 2016

My thoughts are with you Kim

John Cartwright

October 5, 2016

Gary was great guy and always was helpful. He will be missed by the people in the industry that knew him. He was a gentleman, a professional and a friend. My condolences to his family.

Mitch Darling

October 3, 2016

Dad, I miss you beyond words. Our plans of the grand slam will not be left idle. I know eventually our bid for the masters will be awarded and you will be right there beside me as we make our way up the driveway at Augusta. Rest knowing you taught me to be a good man and to not sweat the little things...which I am still working on. You were truly much more than a father to me, you were my best friend. I love you and miss you.

Guy Clarkson

September 30, 2016

Whenever I called Gary for information or a quote, he would always address me as "my friend". I only met Gary once in person and for that I am glad, but I did talk with him on the phone a lot and I am glad I had that part of Gary to remember. I will miss his infectious personality and laugh.
Rest in peace, "My Friend"

David Craig

September 30, 2016

So sorry Kim and family . Gary had a huge personality. If Gary was in the room, he was the guy you wanted to be beside. I was lucky enough to be Gary's business partner and were maybe the most exciting years of my working life. These memories will be with me forever. Thanks Gary.
Take care Kim and God Bless.

Noel Goss

September 30, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers to the Darling family. I enjoyed working and laughing with Gary over the last 25 years. Play through Gary.

Robert Campbell

September 29, 2016

Way too soon so sad

Murray Code

September 29, 2016

My thought go out to the Darlings.

I have been in the fire industry a long time. Gary was one of those people you were glad to know. He really cared about how business was conducted. It has been a pleasure Gary.

Rest well. You have earned it.

Ron Foxcroft

September 28, 2016

We were together having fun, and working for many years.Our common passions,family, golf, laughing and the fire protection industry gave me an excuse to phone you several times a week. Our annual golf meetings,in Kelowna, Kamloops, or wherever were highlights of my year. I hold you up as an example to my kids and staff regularly. I miss you Gary, I'll knock one into the water for you at Men's League today. See you Saturday!

FROM THE FAMILY