Garby, Gerald Dean (Gerry) – 92, Upper Kennetcook
It is with great sadness the family of Gerry Garby announce his passing on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019. He slipped away peacefully at Colchester East Hants Health Centre surrounded by family.
Born in Upper Kennetcook on February 12, 1927, the son of the late Ruel and Hazel (Hennigar) Garby. Having lost his mother at an early age, he spent a great part of his childhood on his grandfather’s farm. It was during this time that he developed his passion for farming and respect for animals. This carried through his whole life.
His early working career included farm hand, woods teamster, and taxi driver before settling into a lifelong career as a mechanic.
He began working as a mechanic in Clarksville for his brother Laurie, later moving to Upper Kennetcook to work for his brother Lew. He finished off working alongside his son Bruce as co-owners of Garby’s Service Station. He not only was a mechanic, but also did welding, body work and painting. He was known for being able to fix the “unfixable”.
A lifelong farmer, Gerry ran his family farm for more than 60 years. After retirement he continued to farm fulltime, spending his days raising Hereford cattle and making daily trips to the garage with his faithful dog, Levi.
He was a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather who took great interest in everyone’s activities and accomplishments.
Survived by sons, Roger (Betty), Stellarton; Bruce (Trudy), Upper Kennetcook; daughters, Ruth (Jim), Parksville B.C.; and Verna (James), Upper Kennetcook. Grandchildren, Lisa, Andrea, Brian (Raylene), Stephanie (Martin), Rebecca (Steve), Nicole, Terri (Justin), Brittany, and 7 great-grandsons. Also survived by sister Estelle Barron, Kennetcook, Aunt Bertha Soley, Arizona and many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Pauline (Hennigar) Garby, brothers, Laurie and Lewis, sisters, Alice Clark and infant sister Marion Bernice.
The family would like to thank Dr Rosie Kepkay, VON Nursing staff, Dr Kelly, Dr Smith and 3rd floor Medicine Unit staff for their professional care and kindness.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 26th, from 7-9pm and funeral service Wednesday at 2pm, both in the J Wilson Allen Funeral Home HWY 354 Kennetcook, Rev Glen Eason officiating. Family flowers only. A private family burial will take place at the St Peters Anglican Church Cemetery, Upper Kennetcook and a reception following service at Kennetcook Fire Hall. Donations may be made to St Peters Anglican Church Cemetery fund, c/o Verna Fenton 5815 Highway 236, Upper Kennetcook, NS B0N 2L0, or charity of choice. Arrangements have been intrusted to the compassionate care of the J Wilson Allen Funeral Home HWY 354 Kennetcook, ph- 1-902-362-2440 or please visit our website at www.allenfh.ca to sign the guest book and send private condolences.