November 3, 1943 - July 23, 2012
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Passed peacefully away at St. Joseph's Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Predeceased by his son, Ron Waterfield and his mother and father, Harry and Agnes Waterfield. Leaving to mourn his loving wife of 48 years, Janet, son Gordon (Sandra) of Royston, daughter-in-law Nadine of Comox, grandchildren: Andrea, Kersten, Gavin, Madyson, Jayla, Shylane and Curtis, brothers Ken (Darlene) of Courtenay and Fred (Susan) of Cumberland, father-in-law Jim Evans, brother-in-law Ben (Arlene) of Bowser, sisters-in-law Rose of Cumberland and Glenys of Okotoks, Alberta, special cousin Doug (Liz) of Vancouver, a large circle of extended family and friends and his faithful four-legged companion, Sophie.
Garry was born, raised and lived his life well in Cumberland. He married his sweetheart, Janet in 1964 and went on to have two sons that would grow up to inherit his love of the outdoors, fast cars and collecting things. As a teenager he was known for his love of fast cars around Cumberland. So on a Saturday night when you heard the squeal of tires, you would hear it being said "There goes Bucket".
Garry's life ambition was to be a faller. Starting his career in logging with VanWest at the age of 19 and retiring with Timberwest at 55. Everyone enjoyed listening to Garry's logging stories as much as he delighted in telling them. After a full career of hard work in the bush, he made a remarkable transition into a leisurely career of what he loves best: hunting, fishing, gun shows and planning the next garage sale reconnaissance with Harry. His cabin on Comox Lake was his refuge, a gathering place for family and friends and a place to renew the spirit. Many people share fond memories of their time at Bucket's cabin.
Garry was a gentle giant. He was a man's man and his unassuming presence drew people in and instantly put them at ease. He has left a legacy of people who love and admire him. His love of family was unwavering and he conveyed an easy affection with each of his grandchildren who in return respected and look up to their "Papa".
A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, August 4th, 2-4PM upstairs at the Cumberland Cultural Centre, 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in Garry's memory.
Published in Comox Valley Echo on July 27, 2012