Gary Wm. Kraft
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On Monday, April 5, 2021, after a long illness Gary Wm. Kraft passed away at his home in Toronto with his partner, Dennis McKibbin, at his side. He was in his 72nd year. Gary is survived by his sister Kathy (John) Theisz. He was predeceased by his mother Betty (nee Holt), his father William Kraft, and his sister Karen (John) Bacon. Gary had a rewarding career as a teacher with the Waterloo Regional School Board for 31 years. He was assisted by Peggy Martin, Donna Stevens and Earla Querengesser. The children in his class were physically fragile and their lives were made significantly happier and safer because of the positive atmosphere he created for them. As a young teen, Gary lived in the home of his Aunt Marian and Uncle Cyril Davis. Their four children Rick, Lynn, Cindy and Patti were like siblings to Gary. He was ever thankful for the safety and love he was given in their home. Gary also had a special bond with his Aunt Ada Holt. Gary and Dennis travelled the world and had a wonderful life together for 38 years. A special thanks to Wendy Abbott, Yul Doo, Carol Martin, Doreen Henderson and Cindy Davis for all the support and help they gave to Gary during his illness. There are few people in the world who have that special gift and ability to truly connect with people. Gary was one of them. He was kind, loving, generous and genuine. If you were fortunate to have been loved by Gary you knew what unconditional love felt like. Gary's cheerfulness and kindness will be missed by all who knew him. Due to Covid restrictions, a celebration of life will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made directly to Lupus Canada at

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Published in Waterloo Region Record on Apr. 14, 2021.
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April 21, 2021
Gary Kraft was a friend since 1976. He was such a kind and loving man and will be sadly missed by my spouse John & I. He is out of his dreadful pain and is now with his family in Heaven. Our deepest sympathies go out to his partner Dennis, Gary's sister Kathy and all of the remaining cousins.

Ron McKercher
April 17, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Dennis and Gary’s family. I feel blessed to have had a chance to work with such a wonderful, caring individual.
Marion Sullivan
April 16, 2021
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April 14, 2021
I worked part time with Gary at the Sunnyside Nursing Home in Kitchener when we were teens. He was a kind and caring person and left a lasting memory of that with me. We had many good times. I am truly sorry for your loss and hope that good memories comfort you.
Mark and Heather
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