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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 Gary's family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Calgary Hospice Society ( Arrangements in care of Evan J. Strong Funeral Services. Telephone 403-265-1199.

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Published in Calgary Herald from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2013.
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February 3, 2013
Dear Judy, Kellie, Travis, Stuart and families:
I am very sorry for your loss. Gary was a man of integrity. I admired his enthusiasm and tenacious approach to life and his yoga. Our hearts extend to you at this, but hold onto your memories. Namaste and love, Kathy and Newton Nash
Kathy Nash
January 26, 2013
Stu. Our condolences to you and your family.
Rob and Susan Young
January 22, 2013
Last summer at the Manchester home
Parm Ollek
January 22, 2013
I will always remember Gary for his cheerful smile, loving, caring and generous heart. I do not recall him ever raising his voice or getting angry. He was a happy,joyous man with a big heart which touched the lives of many...most certainly mine and I will miss him oh so much.
Parm Ollek
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