Garth Thomas Kempster

Obituary
  • "Unbelievable that Garth is gone. My sympathy. Elizabeth..."
    - Elizabeth Lubin
  • "I always enjoyed hearing Garth's laughter in the..."
    - Deborah Shepherd
  • "Garth and I were close friends during the years he lived in..."
    - John Coomes
  • - Lorna Shaw
  • "Dear Helen and family, we are so sorry for your loss and..."

KEMPSTER, Garth Thomas Our beloved Garth left us on August 2, 2018. He was a man of quick wit and an incisive mind, able to provide insight and humour in equal measure. Although he left much too early he leaves us with a rich legacy of love and gratitude. Garth was an exemplar of how to live a good life: he was a loving husband and father, a source of pride and contentment for his parents, a caring and close brother, and a colleague and friend who inspired trust and loyalty. A lover of pop culture, Garth had a broad knowledge of music and movies and was always happy to share his enthusiasm. Garth was born on July 9, 1961 in Halifax, NS and spent his early years there. Before moving to Victoria in 1975 Garth spent a year in Scotland with his parents and brother. After high school and graduation from the University of Victoria Garth spent 9 years in Japan teaching English. Garth found he was a born teacher and inspired confidence and belief in his students. Upon returning to Victoria in 1995 he continued his teaching career and upon his death had completed 15 years in the Division of Continuing Studies at UVic. Normally a reserved individual Garth allowed his "wild" side to come through as a drummer in bands both in Japan and in Victoria. This outlet gave him great satisfaction as well as a source of close friendships. Garth found his life's partner and soulmate in Japan. He and Nahoko were a wonderful team and created a loving home for their son Thomas. Garth leaves behind his beloved wife of 25 years, Nahoko, cherished son Thomas, his mother, Helen and brother and friend Kenneth (Makyta). Garth was predeceased by his father Horace and will be remembered fondly by his Aunt Sheelagh and Uncle Tom and by family members and friends in the UK, Japan, and throughout Canada. Garth's family would especially like to thank all the doctors, the nurses, and HCAs who were a part of his journey. He was an exceptional human being and we will miss him. Cremation has taken place but a service will be held at the Interfaith Chapel at UVic on August 18th at 1 pm. Reception to follow at his parents' home at 1981 Ernest Avenue at 2:30. Friends are cordially invited to attend. Access to extra parking is available through path at the Camosun College Foul Bay parking lot.


Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2018