MUNRO, Gary Hamilton

November 11, 1933 – April 10, 2020

Gary Munro, third-generation Alberta cowboy and rancher, passed away peacefully at the Foothills Hospital on April 10, 2020 after a brief bout with pneumonia.

The second son of Johnnie Munro and Grace Henning, Gary grew up on the Springbank farm homesteaded by his grandparents in 1894. Born on November 11, 1933, he was a product of the Great Depression and like many of this era, knew the value of hard work.

The mountains of Banff called to Gary as a young man and he went to work as a guide for the Brewsters. Other wranglers became lifelong friends. He met his future wife, Marlene Dusdal, while working at the Kananaskis Guest Ranch and they moved to the Pirmez Creek area in 1964. Gary hired on with Glen and Audrey (Gardner) Macdougall, living and ranching there the remainder of his life.

Kind-hearted and loyal, he loved all living creatures, especially when his favourite cowpony and dogs were at his side. He nurtured his friendships, old and new, with his sense of humour and generosity. He loved dancing and it, along with a rum, was one of his favourite pastimes until COPD took away his breath.

Gary is lovingly remembered by his daughters Colleen Munro (Hal Davidson) Westbrook, Tracey Feist (Kelvin) Bragg Creek; grandchildren Tyler (Fort Collins, CO) Jordan, (University of Victoria); brothers Reg (Edna) Cochrane; Milo (Maureen) Springbank; sisters Joan (Clayton) Griffin Cochrane; Charlotte Munro, Calgary; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Jennifer Thompson, Cochrane Home Care, as well as Sandra Robin and Big Hill Lodge staff; and, Dr. Alain Tremblay and the Foothills Hospital staff Unit 61.

A celebration of his life will be held later this summer. Cremation in care of Cochrane Country Funeral Home. Memorial tributes may be given to The Cochrane Activettes (https://www.cochraneactivettes.com) or The Lung Association (https://www.lung.ca/get-involved/donate).

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

  1. On 14/04/2020 at 9:50 am Brian &Susan Copithorne Said:

    Colleen,Tracey and families,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Gary will be missed by all who knew him. I am glad I spent so many mornings visiting over coffee at the Petro Can.

  2. On 14/04/2020 at 10:31 am Brian & Susan Copithorne Said:

    Reg, Milo, Joan, Charlotte and families,
    We are saddened by your loss and thinking of you all. With heartfelt condolences.

  3. On 14/04/2020 at 3:00 pm Michelle Phillips Said:

    The Phillips Family is devastated. Ourlove goes out to you all. Michelle, Marie, Patricia

  4. On 14/04/2020 at 8:14 pm Eugene and Laura Feist Said:

    Tracey,Colleen and families,Sorry for your loss.We are thinking of you all.Love,Eugene and Laura Feist

  5. On 16/04/2020 at 9:12 am Sandy Jaeger Said:

    Dear Colleen and Family,
    On behalf of the Westbrook School staff, I am sending our thoughts and prayers for your family’s loss. Take care, Sandy Jaeger

  6. On 16/04/2020 at 8:33 pm Steve Peach Said:

    Colleen & Hal
    We were sorry to read that your dad, Gary, has passed away.
    I know that you were close to him and that he has been a big part of your lives.
    Losing him is like losing a small part of your heart. His spirit, with his love
    of country, friendships and generosity carries on in you.
    Deepest Condolences: Steve and Margaret Peach

  7. On 17/04/2020 at 7:03 pm Don and Jocelyn Frey Said:

    COLLEEN AND HAL
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad.Thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Take care .

  8. On 17/04/2020 at 10:38 pm Eric and Diane George Said:

    Dear Coleen and Hal, Tracy and Kelvin ,Tyler and Jordan. Reg, and Edna and family , Milo and Maureen and family, ,Joan and Clayton and family and Charlotte. We r so devastated to hear of Gary’s passing. We have so many memories of Gary! We are going to hold on to all of them in our hearts. We are going to miss him terribly. I He will be a big void in our lives. He was a great friend. He was a great man with a lot of wisdom. He was a kind and gentle man that would listen to conversations and offer his honest oppiinion, which we loved. May it be a comfort to know we feel your pain in this very sad time in your hearts. We love him dearly as you all do. Keep all his memories clinched in your hearts as we will . Always in our thoughts!!! Warm Hugs. God Bless.

  9. On 21/04/2020 at 2:38 pm Shea De La Mare Said:

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I had the pleasure of working for him back around 1993. His wisdom, integrity, and life lessons left a lasting impression on me. I have thought of him often over the years and treasure the memories of both working with him on the ranch or relaxing over a coffee and burger at the Jumping Pound. My deepest condolences…

  10. On 22/04/2020 at 3:12 pm Carolyn Roth Said:

    Colleen, Tracey and family. Just wanted to pass along my condolences to the loss of your father. While I did not know your father for a great deal of time I enjoyed my visits with him greatly at his home. We chatted of days gone by, horses he rode, but mostly of family. He loved you all dearly you were his pride and job. He will always be with you in spirit and in your heart. I feel very fortunate to have crossed with him thru my work. Hugs to you all. Sincerely, Carolyn

  11. On 01/05/2020 at 3:32 pm Allwarden Terry and Joan Said:

    To the Munro family. Our sympathy to all your family on Gary’s passing. First met Gary at Clem Gardner’s branding and infrequent visits along the way ever since. Always a great sense of humor and a very enjoyable visits!
    Terry and Joan Allwarden

  12. On 14/05/2020 at 11:07 am Hawes Family Said:

    Our deepest condolences to the Munro Family. I will always remember Gary as a hardworking fun loving person, as well as helping me when I was young to hold on to a calf or two at branding time. Gary will be missed.

  13. On 21/05/2020 at 11:14 am Dr. Tristan Ziegenhagel Said:

    Dear Munro Family,

    We were saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Gary was such a friendly, interesting man to visit with. We will miss seeing him at our office. Our thoughts go out to Gary’s loved ones during a very difficult time.

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