Garry Roy WATCHORN
1945 - 2020
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WATCHORN, Garry Roy June 1, 1945 - December 30, 2020 My Dad was born in Toronto, but moved to the Erin Mills neighbourhood of Mississauga, which he helped to develop and where he spent his adult life. Earlier, while studying architecture at the U of T, he met the love of his life Susan Roberts. They were excited to marry and add to their family, and I (Jocelyn), was born very soon after. My Dad was an accomplished Architect and Landscape Architect, which he was incredibly passionate about. He renovated our home so many times, to the extent that I discovered an unknown secret attic while we were selling the house. My Dad loved my Mom dearly and was devastated at her passing in 2004. To me, my Dad was the absolute best. He encouraged me to be my honest and authentic self. He also taught me that family comes above everything. I will miss him calling me "Shorts". He lovingly welcomed Keith and they both had an immense respect for each other even when my Dad was asserting himself in the claiming of pastries. My Dad has an amazing big brother, Bill, with whom he has always been able to turn to for advice and support. Bill, Maureen and Meghan were treasured by my Dad. My Dad had Alzheimer's and just over a year ago had moved to Sunrise of Erin Mills. Prior to this move, he stayed in his beloved home through the love and support of his neighbours, friends, caregivers and dogs. The staff at Sunrise were phenomenal, I could not have asked for better care for my Dad. Unfortunately, it was COVID-19 that ended my Dad's life but we were grateful to be with him. Please hug your loved ones. We are grateful for the tender care we received from our family, friends and our neighbours. A small, private memorial will be held and a larger celebration will be announced when we are safely able to gather again. Arrangements by Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel.

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Published in Toronto Star on Jan. 3, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
I was floored when I saw the posting on MBTW IG page of Garry’s passing. It has been 10+ years since I left MBTW but I will never forget Garry and his raspy voice and his wisdom. When we had a office summer party in Grand Bend both your Dad and Susan made us feel so welcomed. You could say like family. Your dad and mom I will never forget and I am very blessed to have known them. My condolences and best wishes to the Watchorn and MBTW Group family.
Peter Vanderburg
Coworker
January 19, 2021
So sad to hear. I worked with Garry in the old days of MBT at Bridgeland Ave. and remember fondly our frequent friendly ribbing. I send my deepest heartfelt condolences.
Peter Kaudewitz
Coworker
January 19, 2021
I am saddened to learn of Garry's passing. He was a highly respected OALA member and professional having expertise in two professions that he used to enhance the lives of others in communities across the Province. He has left a positive and lasting legacy for so many to enjoy for years to follow.
Glenn A. O'Connor
Acquaintance
January 19, 2021
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Garry ("Mr. Watchorn" as I knew him when I worked for MBTW as a summer student back in the early 1980's) was always so kind, considerate and encouraging - despite having to share space with summer students in the "boss" corner of the office!! I'm so sorry to hear of his passing, and extend my sympathy and condolences to your family and friends who shared the good fortune to have him in your lives.
Lisa
Coworker
January 19, 2021
Very saddened to see such a talented professional lost to us. Gary inspired many people.
Tim Dobson
Acquaintance
January 15, 2021
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Janet and Don Galley
January 9, 2021
We are so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Sending all our love your way.
Nancy, Meghan and Abby Lawrance
Family
January 5, 2021
I was fortunate to get to know Gary and Susan through their "kids" Jocelyn and Keith. They we so incredibly kind and generous and interested in Jocelyn's friends. I was the fortunate recipient of their great hospitality and I always felt welcome in their family. Gary's smile and enthusiasm for updates on life and his good humour always made conversation easy.

Our deepest condolences to you at this very sad time.

Kelly, Neil, Jack, Shannon and Emmy
Kelly Hoey
Friend
January 5, 2021
In 1954 our families moved to Brighton Ave. in the Bathurst Manor Garry, Myself, Bill and my late brother Ernie form a friendship which took use through our teenage years, as young adults we went in different directions. I often think of the great times we had together
Garry was outgoing, talented, intelligent young who would succeed in any adventure he took on. My biggest regret that in the last 50 plus years our path never crossed. I know he will be missed by his family and friends.

Howard Levy
Howard Levy
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January 4, 2021
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Karon Miller
January 3, 2021
It is with sadness that I learn of Garry’s passing.
We worked together at MBTW-WAI for decades. He was my mentor and role model, business partner and friend. His passion for excellence is unmatched and continues to drive us today. He was a leader within the development industry in the GTA.
His contributions to new community design and construction is unparalleled specially in the area of Architectural Design Guidance which he pioneered
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Jocelyn & Keith and to the extended Watchorn family
Regards Steven Wimmer
Steven Wimmer
Friend
January 3, 2021
We are saddened to learn of Gary Watchorn's passing. My husband and I attended five years at the University of Toronto, School of Architecture with Gary. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.
Louise Dodd
Classmate
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