April 2, 1954 – September 30, 2018
Garry was born on April 2nd, 1954 in Melville, Saskatchewan to parents Alfred and Ella. He had a humble beginning growing up in a small house on the family farm. Garry and his siblings were taught the value of hard work early in life, which he never forgot.
In 1972, he moved to Quesnel, B.C. to try his hand at logging. It wasn’t long after that that he found the love of his life. Garry and Kelleen were married in Quesnel on October 3rd, 1975 and ever since they have never left each other’s sides.
In 1979, Garry and Kelleen moved their family to Smithers which they have called home ever since. After 25 years in the logging industry, he changed course on December 1st, 1997, when he purchased Evergreen Industrial Supplies. In 2014, he and Kelleen sold the business and retired allowing him to return to his farming roots.
Garry’s passions over the years were of the simple variety, really anything that required work to achieve a goal. Designing, help build and landscaping new homes for his family is something that he quite enjoyed. He loved to be outdoors whenever he could and spending quality time with the family. He enjoyed camping in the summer months and spending time at their cabin. He loved fishing, snowmobiling, quading and really enjoyed one surprising task, getting firewood.
Above everything else, Garry was a beloved husband and father. Everything he did he always had one thing in mind: what was best for his family. He worked very hard to provide opportunities for his family and provided a great example of what could be achieved through hard work and dedication. And more recently he found another passion; he was blessed with some wonderful grandchildren who brought him great joy and he adored to no end.
Garry was a great man and was the backbone of our family. He is loved by many and will be missed dearly.
Garry is survived by his loving wife Kelleen; daughter Tamara (Myles) and their children Gabe and Dayton; sons Tyler (Kyla), and Kyle and his children Seth and Keva; mother Ella (Gord); siblings Beverly, Dale (Yvette), Roger (Judy), Richard (Naomi), Darwin (Leanne), Brenda (Darren), and so many loving nieces and nephews.
Garry is pre-deceased by his father Alfred Ferster.
A Celebration of Life was held for Garry on October 7th in the Smithers Hudson Bay Lodge.
Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.