RIVERS, Garry Wayne

Rivers, Garry
March 12, 1943 – July 21, 2013

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Garry Wayne Rivers announces his passing on July 21st, 2013 at the age of 70 years. Surrounded by his loving family, Garry’s father Harry and nephew Jason escorted Garry to his heavenly home where he will enjoy walks with his beloved predeceased four legged pets. Garry was predeceased by his fiance, Linda, infant daughter Carley, father Harry and nephew Jason. He was born in Calgary on March 12th, 1943; the eldest son of Harry and Betty Rivers. Garry is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend Nancy, daughter Aaryn (Lyle), sons Shane and Ryan and grandchildren, Sienna, Jake, Karlehn and Ryker. Garry is also survived by his mother, Betty Rivers, brothers Bill (Betty), Jim (Judy), Randy (Andrea), almost brother Keith; sisters Sherron (Gary) and Kelly (Randy), numerous nephews, neices, great nephews and neices, Auntie Eunice, his father-in-law Bob, sister-in-law Cheryl (Matthew) , brother-in-law David and other extended family. Garry spent his entire life growing up in Altadore and for the most part, never leaving the neighbourhood. Garry attended Western Canada High School and was a “star” athlete in basketball, baseball, football and track and field. To this day, Garry holds the record for several track and field events due to metric conversion. Garry retired as Captain from the Calgary Fire Dept. in 2000 after 33 years of service. Garry loved his pets and enjoyed taking his dog “Ollie” to tracking and agility classes in Canmore. Garry always had dog treats in every pocket for any dog that he happened to meet. Garry was a “gentle” giant of a man and was referred to as “Uncle Buck” by nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held at Eden Brook Funeral Home, 17th Avenue S.W. and Lower Spring Bank Road, Calgary, Alberta on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Garry’s Memory may be made directly to the Calgary Fire Fighters Charitable Foundation – c/o Calgary Firefighters Association 2234 – 30th Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 7K9, or to the Rockyview General Hospital Respiratory Care Unit, 7007 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 1P9

  1. On 25/07/2013 at 3:24 pm Kevol Family Said:

    We were all very sorry to hear of your lose of Gary. I’m sure there will be a great void in the Rivers Family. Mum and I wanted to attend the services but I find it is just to hard and tiring for her to get around now. Our thoughts will be with you on a day that will be diffult for you. But, with all the family and friends support hopefully you will get though it as best you can.
    Big Hugs from Mrs Dorothy Kevol, Marlene & Harvey Linville, Dorothy Kevol and Kevin Dow.

  2. On 26/07/2013 at 6:06 am Randy&Kelly Said:

    We never truly lose the ones we love for we need only to look in our hearts and we will discover they are always with us. Keep on Tracking Garry. Peace

  3. On 26/07/2013 at 8:35 am Dan Gilbert Said:

    Jim, Betty , and family,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Garry. I am unable to attend the service today, but my thoughts and condolences are with you at this time. I have many fond memories of Garry. May he rest in peace, take care, Dan Gilbert

  4. On 01/08/2013 at 5:58 pm Patti and Danny Shannon Said:

    Hi Nancy and Aaryn
    We were so sad to hear of the death of Garry. We always enjoyed our time and conversations with him and both of you as well. From your old friends on 15th Street
    Patti and Danny Shannon

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