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Garry Philip Stokes

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On July 19, 2021 @ 10:19 am In Obituaries | 45 Comments

May 22, 1952 ~ June 1, 2021

Our husband, dad and grandpa passed away peacefully on the first day of June, around the time he liked to wake up, put on a pot of coffee for us, check on the bird feeders, take some amazing pictures and have some breakfast before calling his brother.

Garry will be lovingly remembered by his wife Margaret, sons Brent & Tim (Melissa), grandchildren Jayda & Ryland, brother Bob (Claire), sister Susanne (Ed), sisters-in-law Karen and Joan (Gene), nieces and nephews Chad (Alana), Troy (Letitia), Cheryl (Benny), Sarah, Justin (Erin) and Julie (Josh). He was predeceased by his parents Phil (2013) and Betty (1982) Stokes.

Garry was born May 22, 1952 in Timmins, ON. The family moved to southern Ontario during his elementary school days, then on to Chibougamau, QC, arriving in Lac du Bonnet, MB in 1970 for his final year of high school.  Marg & Garry met in Winnipeg and were married in 1975. Their wedding day was on Garry’s parents’ birthday and celebrated in Burlington, ON at the church and home of Marg’s parents.  They moved to Pinawa in 1976, where Garry worked in electrical design at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., for his entire 32-year career.

Family trips, visits & games, Ham Radio Field Days and patiently waiting with his camera for nature to provide the perfect pose were his favourite things.  If he wasn’t at home or in the yard, he was probably helping a relative or friend – often without being asked.

Garry loyally served his community at annual amateur radio service events (Manitoba Loppet, Free Spirit Triathlon).  He volunteered communications services in Southern MB during the 1997 Flood of the Century, and flew to Little Grand Rapids in 1999 to provide RCMP with radio backup during the Y2K uncertainty.  Behind the scenes, he spent many hours on the computer drawing detailed ski race and trail maps for the Whiteshell X-C Ski Club, arranging program advertising and assisting with sound setup for the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association.  He sat on many committees (often in his role as a dad) during his 45 years in Pinawa.

A huge thank you to the many wonderful, caring people who helped Garry and our family during his battle with cancer these last 6 months.  The medical team was headed by Drs. Garg, Bruneau, Zeiler, Moffatt and Goldenberg.  All the staff at Pinawa CancerCare, Hospital and Ambulance Services were our special angels: nurses, aides, paramedics, cooks, cleaners.  We appreciate you all so much!  Our heartfelt thanks to friends and neighbours who have supported us in so many ways.

In lieu of flowers, donations to support our amazing hospital may be made in Garry’s memory to Pinawa Health Auxiliary, P.O. Box 82, Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0, or to a charity of your choice.

A celebration of the life of Garry Stokes will take place at 1:30 p.m., Wed. July 28 at the Pinawa Alliance Church.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family welcomes you to be a part of the service via livestream at www.webex.com on your PC or via the WEBEX app on your mobile phone.  Enter the Meeting Number:  1826159705 and Password: DTph7YMMF86 to view the livestream. 

For direct access to the LIVESTREAM can be accessed HERE.

In addition, you are welcome to join the service in the parking lot of the church by tuning your radio to 98.1 FM.  There will be an opportunity to sign the guest register and acknowledge the family from your vehicle.  Interment will follow in the Pinawa Cemetery.


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Condolence from Jo-Ann Jones on June 4th, 2021 12:22 pm

So sorry to hear of your husband’s passing Marg & family. My thoughts are with you all.

Condolence from Judy Farr on June 4th, 2021 12:31 pm

So very sorry for your loss ! Condolences to your family as you grieve your loss .

Condolence from Holly & Dennis Parcey on June 4th, 2021 12:43 pm

Marg and family, our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Bev Dougall on June 4th, 2021 12:55 pm

Condolences to you and your family Marg. I can tell by Brent’s posts how many wonderful family memories Gary has left for you all. He was a quiet, supportive man to the community in many ways and shall be greatly missed ❤️

Condolence from Glenna Zetaruk on June 4th, 2021 1:08 pm

How sad and unfair life can be. But friends, faith and family will support you.
Since, Glenna

Condolence from Virginia & Sandy Mathews on June 4th, 2021 1:40 pm

Dear Margaret –
We are so sorry for your loss. Please share our condolences with your family and friends.

Condolence from Carman Stevens on June 4th, 2021 2:19 pm

Our deepest condolences. Carman, Amanda.

Condolence from Susan Kaatz on June 4th, 2021 2:32 pm

So sorry to hear of Garry’s passing, my condolences to his entire family. He was such a nice man, worked in the same department in the early 90’s.
Keep your memories close.
Susan Kaatz

Condolence from Kirk & Carole Edwards on June 4th, 2021 3:09 pm

Our deepest condolences to you Marg, Brent, Tim and families. We’re so very sorry to hear of Garry’s passing, and we wish all of you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Audrey Miller on June 4th, 2021 3:25 pm

I am so sad to hear of Garry’s passing and send my condolences to the Stokes family. Garry was such a kind and soft spoken man who alway had a smile and a “Hello” when we met. I have fond memories of curling with Garry and Marg for many years. Garry was so caring that he would follow me up and down the ice when I was pregnant to catch me if I slipped. Garry was always “there” for his family — driving Brent to hockey tournaments in the middle of a snow storm or helping Tim with “Dad can fix it” projects. That’s the kind of man he was! Garry will be missed by so many of us!

Condolence from Oswald Meyer on June 4th, 2021 3:27 pm

My condolences to the Stokes family. Garry and I worked in the same department at Whiteshell for about 15 years. I am sorry at his passing at such a young age.

Condolence from Jacquelyn Landry on June 4th, 2021 3:50 pm

I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May he be pain free and watching from above.

Condolence from Blake and Tanya Cutting on June 4th, 2021 4:05 pm

Sincere sympathy toMarg and family on the loss of Gary.

Condolence from Arlene & Bill Boivin on June 4th, 2021 4:37 pm

Was sorry to hear about Garry. Thinking of you and your families at this time.

Condolence from Cheryl Ryan on June 4th, 2021 4:45 pm

Deepest condolences Marg, Brent and Tim and family.

Condolence from Lori Evenden on June 4th, 2021 5:04 pm

Sending our sincere condolences to Marg and your family at this sad time. HIs loss will be felt by our community.

Take care,
Bill and Lori Evenden

Condolence from Carl Sabanski on June 4th, 2021 6:22 pm

Dear Marg & Family:

Everything our community expressed about Gary is true. What a legacy to leave to
your family.

Love – Barbara and Carl

Condolence from Don Mather on June 4th, 2021 7:34 pm

Sorry for your loss but know that he is now in a better place.

Condolence from Brad Honke on June 4th, 2021 8:40 pm

I have known Garry for 25 years through Ham Radio meeting him when I was only 13 years old. Had many conversations with him on the Pinawa Repeater while out at my Camp. Always was a real pleasure to chat with him on the air.

Condolences to Garry’s Family, thoughts and prayers to all of you!!

Brad Honke. VE4XM

Condolence from Anne and Dennis Smith on June 4th, 2021 9:15 pm

Sincere sympathy and condolences to Marg and family at Garry’s passing – thinking about you at this very difficult time – Anne and Dennis Smith

Condolence from Rich & Connie Hamon on June 4th, 2021 9:25 pm

We’re so very sad to hear of this unfortunate tragedy! Sincere condolences to all family members and friends!
Garry has long been a dedicated and talented contributor to various work and community events/projects, while remaining characteristically modest. Pinawa was blessed by his presence, and we will certainly miss him dearly!

Rich & Connie Hamon

Condolence from Dorothy.cafferty on June 5th, 2021 1:47 am

So Sorry to here your Sad loss. My Thoughts are with you Margaret and Family Rest Well Gary God Bless

Condolence from Mary Greber on June 5th, 2021 8:34 am

We are so saddened for your loss Marg, Brent, Tim and families. Our most sincere condolences and thoughts for healing times ahead.
Mary and Georg Greber

Condolence from Linda on June 5th, 2021 9:39 am

Marg and family I am sorry for your loss
Gary will be missed.

Condolence from Brian and Brenda McKenzie on June 5th, 2021 10:05 am

Pinawa has lost a very generous person, one who used his time and talents to better our community. Our condolences to the family.

Condolence from Ken McCarthy on June 5th, 2021 11:08 am

I am so sorry to hear of your loss of a great man. I haven’t seen Garry in 50+ years but always kept abreast of the goings on through Bob. WE spent many a night camping, playing cowboys, fishing, curling and learning a lot about the outdoors from Garry’s father in Chibougamau. May he now rest in peace.

Ken McCarthy

Condolence from Peter and Shirley Cliche on June 5th, 2021 11:19 am

Our condolences to the Stokes family. It is time to remember all the great times as you celebrate a life dedicated to family and community. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you.

Condolence from Ray and Carol Wazney on June 5th, 2021 12:00 pm

Marg and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad and difficult time of loss of your beloved Garry. May the memories you shared as a family bring you comfort and peace.

Condolence from John LaPorte VE4ZP on June 5th, 2021 12:05 pm

Sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathies to you. I have known no kinder men than he. Knew him for his time at AECL and I remember wel, our very rushed trip to Dominion City with Generators and Radios during the big flood. We were the last guys threw the ring at Morden. Too young.

Condolence from Wayne and Janet O’Brien on June 5th, 2021 12:26 pm

We were saddened to hear of Garry’s passing! We recall the Christmas eves at Bob’s and were always appreciative in being invited. Our condolences go out to all of you! Marg , Brent, Tim, Bob and Sue as well as your families!
May he rest in peace!

Condolence from Peter & Valerie Orlick on June 5th, 2021 2:55 pm

Our Condolences to the Stokes family. Worked with Gary for a long time at AECL. We’re sure he will be sorely missed in his home, specially in these difficult times.

Condolence from Jan & Ron Hoffman on June 5th, 2021 4:19 pm

Marg and Family, Bob and Claire

Our most sincere condolences to you and your family on Garry’s passing. I know you have a lifetime of fond memories to help you through this difficult time.

Jan and Ron Hoffman

Condolence from Bill B on June 5th, 2021 4:31 pm

I met Garry when I worked at WL when he provided consultations. Garry’s work was excellent and he was always great to work with. His knowledge of WL was immense and he shared his knowledge with me freely. His sharing of knowledge helped me greatly in making me more effective at my job and in my career. And even with his quiet demeanor, I got him to chuckle a couple of times.

I thanked you in person and I thank you again now. My condolences to Garry’s family, loved ones, and to the community he served.

Rest in Peace Garry.

Bill B
(former WL employee 2012 to 2016)

Condolence from Laurie & Brian Ikeda on June 6th, 2021 3:32 pm

We are so sorry to hear of your loss of Garry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you – Marg, Brent and Tim and family. Garry was very active in the Pinawa community and he will be missed.

Condolence from Thelma Boase on June 6th, 2021 9:25 pm

I am saddened to learn of Garry’s death. I send you, Marg and all your family my most Heartfelt Sympathy.

Condolence from Val Bannister on June 7th, 2021 3:32 am

My thoughts and sympathies are with you all. It was so good that Garry got in touch a few years ago and we were able to share some family pictures and history. I never met Garry (son of my cousin Phil who I only met a few times during WW2, when we were both very young and both in England) but I felt I got to know him from his emails, photos, and interests. I shall miss receiving them.

Condolence from Lois Bernardin on June 7th, 2021 11:53 am

My first memories of meeting Gary were of him rushing to our home – not 15 minutes after he was asked -to provide the latest changes to a ski trail map for the loppett. I wondered how he had time to make the change, not to mention drive over and deliver it. I later had the opportunity to work with Garry on the ski club executive, where he served as treasurer. Garry was a very conscientious worker, paying attention to detail. The memory of Gary that hits closest to home for me is when he rescued me when my furnace thermostat quit working in the middle of winter. He drove to Lac Du Bonnet to pick up, and then came over to my house with Marg to install the new thermostat. Making sure I knew how to operate the finicky electronic manual before he left. My condolences to Marg, Brent, Tim and the rest of the family.

Condolence from Katherine Mather on June 8th, 2021 7:01 pm

The little town in Northern Quebec that I grew up in produced some mighty fine men. Garry was one of the finest. Sincere condolences from a childhood friend.

Condolence from mary korczynski on June 9th, 2021 12:20 pm

To Bob and the family: Our hearts go out to you. Be assured that all your wonderful memories shall remain alive to help you go through the loss of Garry….from your Chibougamau / Val d’Or friends,…… Carol, Lyne, Ginette, Suzanne & Mary

Condolence from Kathryn Wilkinson on July 20th, 2021 11:26 am

My sincere condolences to you and your family on Garry’s passing. I am grateful I met Garry July 2019 while travelling with his sister-in-law, Karen. Garry was a wonderful host and tour guide, I saw and learned many interesting facts about Pinawa and area. May all the memories you shared as a family bring you comfort. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Richard and Myrna Suski on July 21st, 2021 10:28 pm

We are very sorry for your loss. Keep the happy memories close.! Richard and Myrna Suski

Condolence from Judi Lambert on July 22nd, 2021 10:37 am

I was saddened to hear of Gary’s death. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Maureen and Bruce Williams on July 24th, 2021 11:13 am

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Garry. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marg and the family.

Condolence from Kathy/Susie eggert on July 28th, 2021 12:45 pm

Marg and your Crew and Sue and Bob and theirs.. A great loss that will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. His spirit shall live on in all of you.

Condolence from Nancy Bremner on July 29th, 2021 10:05 am

My deepest condolences to you Marg and your family. I am sorry i was unable to be at his memorial but my thoughts were definitely with you.

I had only touched the surface of who Garry was from reading his obituary but what I knew of Garry he was a very kind and for me a very helpful volunteer. Something I will never forget is his time that he donated to me in setting up and take down of the town markets.

Then later out of the blue Garry and I kept in touch with bird sightings and shared the goings on at our feeders.

He will be greatly missed by your family but in time I hope you can take pleasure in all the wonderful memories you shared. My condolences again.

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