We knew Garry as "Brownie." He was a friend of our whole family and part of my life when I was growing up on Queen's Road in St. John's, Nfld. I recall spending quiet, pleasant summer days in his company. As a young man he was a good friend of my brother, Austin. I am very sad to learn that he has died. Please accept my condolences. God bless you all. With love, Sheila (Parsons) Curren. (North Vancouver, BC)
Aunt Sheila and Family: My condolences. Uncle Gary was a larger-than- life individual with a huge heart. I always enjoyed his stories about his many exploits. No doubt, he will have new adventures to share with his fellow travellers. The adventure continues...
Sheila & Family,
My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Gary was one of the most honest and loyal gentleman I have ever met. I will be forever grateful and indebted to him for letting me be his friend.
Love and deep sympathy for all of you,
506-810 Pinecrest Rd.
Sheila and family
I can't believe it! Garry was my best man and it seems like just yesterday. Anne and I send our heartfelt condolences.
Dear Sheila, Garry, Chris and Geoff & families,
It is with profound sorrow that we offer you our sympathy on the death of our beloved Garry. You know how grateful we were to have shared him like a brother from the earliest days. I (Judy) shall ever treasure the memories of our childhood where he loved me and protected me and was ever unfaltering in his faithful outreach. Memories come flooding back of our days at our home on Circular Road and also his home on Queens Road and at the beautiful Mitchell's Pond. But some of the most treasured memories involve my Dad, Garry's Uncle Kevin, taking both of us to small outport areas beyond St. John's to share in camping, fishing and hiking. Those, in fact, are some of the most cherished memories of my youth. Garry was the brother that I never had, and I count myself very blessed for his consistent outreach to me.
When Lynn e-mailed us as regards Garry's passing, we happened to have been in Cape Breton where Jack's choir had begun a series of the usual summer concerts. Thus, a day passed before we were able to monitor the news. We understand from Lynn, whom we have since phoned, that the funeral is Friday. She said that there may be some element of Garry's military career reflected in the funeral service. Were we not living on opposite ends of the country, not only would we have planned to attend, but our son John would figure logically, perhaps, into the pattern. John has just assumed the responsibility of Head Chaplain for the Land-based Military in Atlantic Canada. He thus replaces a fine RCMP gentleman who is retiring and who formerly held the mandate. We relayed the news of Garry's passing to our three children, John, Chris & Lynn\, (who recall fondly having met Garry at my Mom's funeral in St. John's), and they asked us to pass along sincere condolences on their behalf.
In the light of your request to channel remembrances of Garry through charitable donations rather than flowers, we shall be honouring his memory through a donation to Jean Vanier's L'Arche here in Antigonish; we are part of that community having been co-founders. We were always impressed with Garry's compassion and outreach to the vulnerable, the suffering and those persons who needed support in their challenges along life's journey. That is epitomized in those served by L'Arche in our communities all over the world. You will receive notification of this gesture.
Know that we are with you all in our thoughts and prayers and are trusting that Garry, now united with your darling Heather, is now at peace.
Love and deep sympathy to you,
Judy & Jack
I am so sorry to hear of your loss...may your cherished memories carry you forward. Please accept my condolences.