MANCHESTER, Gary James
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1947 - 2013
Gary Manchester, beloved husband of Judith, passed away on January 18, 2013 at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary, surrounded by loving family. Gary was born in Toronto, Ontario and graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. In addition to Judith, Gary is survived by his children; Kellie (Ron), Travis (Linda), Stuart (Danielle), Craig, Scott, Tracy (Patrick); his brother Gregory; his mother Lorene Manchester; and his grandchildren Kaela and Tayler. Following RMC, Gary began his career in the military in Calgary where he served as an officer with the 1 PPCLI, with assignments in Cyprus, Vietnam, Europe and the Arctic. He left the military in 1974 to begin a career in the oil and gas industry. For the past 30 years he has been with Exxon Mobil where his work and sense of adventure took him around the world, including seven years with his family in Indonesia. Originally a reservoir engineer, Gary also worked on the Mackenzie Valley pipeline project and in off-shore drilling on the East Coast. Gary was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for the mountains and wide open spaces. He was an accomplished mountaineer, a volunteer with the Ski Patrol at Lake Louise, a tennis enthusiast, cross country skier and cyclist. Gary's leadership role always placed him as the master coordinator of regular adventures as he shared his passions with his family and friends. A Celebration of Gary's Life will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Community (800 - 85 Street S.W.) on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Gary's family through www.evanjstrong.com. Gary's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Calgary Hospice Society (www.hospicecalgary.com). Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services. Telephone 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013