Gary Stephen Folkes

September 5, 1938February 7, 2021

Gary Stephen Folkes passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2021 after a short battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his beloved brother and only sibling, Donald H. Folkes, and his parents, Harry & Jenny (Jane Moore) Folkes. Gary leaves behind his three nieces, Nancy Hillis, Tracy Folkes Hanson (Rob), and Kelly Lashley (Bill), seven great nieces and nephews, and a great, great niece and nephew. He will be fondly remembered by his Moore and Folkes family members and dearly missed by his friends, especially those from his church community – Greenwood Gospel Chapel.

Gary was proud to have worked for Manulife for his entire career. He loved all sports and was privileged to have known Wayne Gretzky and Wayne’s Dad early in Wayne’s hockey career. He was very involved for many, many years with the East York Hockey Club and you would find Gary’s name engraved on a little Stanley cup at the Stan Wadlow arena! He also volunteered with East York Baseball. Gary enjoyed travelling, including two trips to Hawaii. He has made his final journey and is now at home with His Lord and Saviour.

Due to the current health precautions, a celebration of life will be planned for a later date. In the meantime, donations may be made in Gary’s memory to: Canadian Cancer Society,

MSC Canada or

“Cure Michael” (CureSPG50, SPG50), a “Go Fund Me” campaign for a young boy who lives on Gary’s street and is suffering from a rare degenerative disease.


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Pat Folkes

February 20, 2021

With a heavy heart I am finding it so hard to believe he has passed on into the heavens. I wasn’t close to Gary growing up due to the age difference and the distance living so far apart, but I did know Gary through family functions, and those family gatherings were not the same without Gary there and his sense of humour. It wasn’t until his brother Don had passed away when I started to build a relationship with him. It became much easier when the internet and social media came in to make it easier to communicate with Gary. What started out as a yearly email of “hey how’s it going” to Gary sharing his hockey stories, and memories of his childhood that turned into monthly emails and messenger chats and then quickly turned into checking up on him weekly. Gary had a sense of humour that often showed when Angie and I would visit him at his home, and we on a few occasions would visit him around Christmas time and would make his day with a plate of homemade Christmas cookies. This pandemic made it a little harder for home visits but due to Gary’s failing health and despite the virus we did visit Gary a few times and I am so forever grateful we did. I am also thankful to have been invited to his burial with his church family in which Angie and I both attended to say our goodbye’s. I am going miss my weekly emails and chats back and forth to Gary, but I know he is now with his heavenly family. May he rest peacefully.

Sandra Small Proudfoot

February 19, 2021

Gary was my cousin on my mother's side of the family. Born a year later than me, Don, his brother, Gary and I were the only grandchildren of a two generation grandchildren family, which came later. And thus, Gary and I followed older brother Don around like a pair of puppies at our family gatherings, for Don was a loving and kind brother and cousin to us both. Although I did not see as much of Gary once we grew up, given our widely different living locations, he was a part of my childhood and my family. His admirable strength in coping with a specific medical condition from birth, displayed the courage which his brother Don shared as well, throughout Don's shortened life. And another page is turned in the family.
Sandy Small Proudfoot, Mono, Ontario

Glenna Moore Snider

February 18, 2021

I am blessed to have such divine Moore memories.....
many from our Moore Family picnics........Hopefully Gary has embarked on his journey with some of these in his heart.......♡Glenna

Janet Adamson

February 17, 2021

We were very saddened to hear about Gary's sudden illness and passing. We extend our deepest condolences to Gary's family and his devoted Church friends. We have known Gary since 1956 when our family moved in next door to the Folkes' on Topham Road. .......65 years ago. We remember with fondness Gary's parents Jenny and Harry and his brother Don and family. Gary and his family were very good neighbours. Gary was a good person and we will miss him very much.

Dell Gaiger, Sue Hamilton & Janet Adamson

Susan Maylott

February 17, 2021

Rob and I send our condolences to Tracy, Nancy,Kelly and their families. I have such fond memories of visits with Uncle Harry, Aunt Jenny, Donny and Gary. There were stories told and lots of laughter. Gary always had a great sense of humour. My mother, Gary's Aunt Doreen( Folkes), also wanted to send her love. She doesn't have a computer or cell phone so asked me to send her condolences .

Barb & Jerry Jenkinson

February 17, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Nancy, Tracy and Kelly and families. We met Gary through our friendship with Don and Nancy many years ago. We enjoyed a trip to California with Gary along with Dons hockey team. He did enjoy his sports. May he Rest In Peace. The Jenkinson Family.

Ken and Sandra Moore

February 16, 2021

Our condolences on the passing of Gary, Ken’s cousin. Ken still remembers some of their times together when they were young. I met him at my first Moore Family picnic we used to have. It was a shame that he could not make our last one due to health issues.

All of our love to the family.

Ken and Sandra and Samantha

Janice and Dave Moore

February 16, 2021

We are very sorry to hear that Gary has passed from Cancer. We are comforted by the fact that he didn't suffer for very long. We have great memories of Gary at the cottage in the summer when
he came for his weeks holiday at the Moore cottage. He was a
very funny guy and kept us laughing for sure with his stories. We were sorry that he didn't make the Moore family picnics when we
restarted them a couple of years ago as he always loved the picnics
and being with his family. RIP Gary. Love from cousin Dave and Janice and Lori and Ryan xo