Obituary for Larry McGarry
Larry McGarry, resident of Dawson Creek, passed away in Prince George on January 17, 2018 at the age of 77. A memorial service was held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel. Expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the Canadian Cancer Society, 565 West 10 Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 4J4.
Life Story for Larry McGarry
Lawrence (Larry) Robert McGarry, was born in Buckingham Quebec on May 13, 1940 to parents Andrew McGarry and Lois (Clemenhagen) McGarry. They had three children Lawrence (Larry) R. McGarry, Marion (McGarry/Lewis) Pacy, who is currently living in Winnipeg, and Raymond McGarry (predeceased).
Larry was a huge presence in the lives of his family and the close friends he made. He spoke his mind and at times had no filter when it came to expressing something.
The last 14 years were lovingly spent with Betty Lavigne, living in Grande Prairie, Swan Lake and then Dawson Creek. Larry and Betty enjoyed traveling and went to Maui, Alaska, and three trips back east to Ontario and Quebec to visit family and make great memories. We hope these memories will carry Betty through the grieving process and hopefully bring some great laughs that they experienced during their time together.
Early in his life, Larry married Joan Orange (predeceased) and they had a daughter Natalie Anne McGarry, who is currently living in Ottawa, Ontario.
In 1974, Larry remarried, and will be remembered with much love by Shirley (McGarry) Mitchell. They spent 34 years together and shared many memories that will be treasured forever.
They have a son Jody Robert McGarry, who gave us a beautiful granddaughter, Juliet Alexis. Jody is currently living in Dawson Creek, BC. In Sept 2017, Jody married a lovely Filipino lady Roselyn who has a daughter Kathlyn. Because of immigration issues they have been unable to come to Canada sooner, but will finally arrive after 17 months of waiting. Roselyn and Kathlyn arrive on April 17. We are all so very sorry that Larry was not able to meet Jody's new and beautiful family.
Jody is blessed to have spent the last 7 years clean and sober and built a very close relationship with his Dad, he has many special memories to keep in his heart. Jody was in touch with Larry almost every day and was with Larry throughout his illness.
Larry loved to tie flies and was self-taught. He tied them to have when he went fishing but got far more pleasure in giving them away. This is a hobby that took a lot of patience but seemed to be a relaxation time for him. Those of you that know Larry know there were times when patience wasn't happening in that moment, but when it came to tying flies and his other hobbies, he had all the patience in the world.
Larry, to say the least, was an avid fisherman and proof is in a time at Chaunigan when he had a broken foot and could not walk, while another elderly gentleman had issues with his back and walking. They both decided that they needed to go fishing and rode ATV's sidesaddle to the dock, and crawled down the dock and into the boat on hands and knees. The old saying “where there's a will, there's a way” certainly applied in this instance. They did however need assistance in getting out of the boat.
Larry also was an excellent dog handler and trainer, training in obedience protection and tracking. His pride was a German Bred Shepherd named Shamus and his first attempt at training; he was successful in taking him to the Championship level. We were all so proud of him and his determination. Shamus was just early into his training and I believe Jody was about 5-6 years old when Larry handed Jody the leash to hold Shamus and told Jody not to let him go, while Larry took off to the other arena. As he turned and ran away, Shamus took off a dead run to follow, yep, as instructed Jody didn't let go and was dragged along behind Shamus. Larry neglected to give Shamus the order to stay, so he did what he had been trained to do and followed his handler. Obviously Larry was an excellent trainer/handler.
Larry had many other hobbies that he was extremely successful at including amazing woodworking and wine making. Whatever Larry attempted, he put everything into it; his finished products were shared and appreciated by many of us.
There are too many stories to tell here but we all know that Larry was a special person with many wonderful traits, and will be missed by those who knew him.
Rest in Peace Larry. You have certainly left so many with so much.
Following Larry's wishes, this summer Jody and his family will take his ashes to Chaunigan Mountain as his final resting place. Larry has special memories and spent many years at Chaunigan; first working there and then returning many times to fish and visit with friends he had made.