January 10, 1945 – January 8, 2018
It is with deep sadness that the family of Gail Garvin announces her sudden and unexpected passing, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision near her home in Rockyford, Alberta, on January 8, 2018, just two days before her 73rd birthday.
Gail leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband John; sons John Jr., Trevor (Sheila), and Troy; grandchildren Amanda, Johnny, Ashley, Oliver, Dakota, Cole, and Danika; sisters Yvonne and Helen; brother Wayne; nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends. Passed before her were her parents Raymond and Louise; brothers Raymond and Frank; sister Betty-Lou; and beloved granddaughter Katelyn.
Gail was born in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and met the love of her life, John Garvin, when she travelled to Toronto to pursue a career in banking. John had also travelled to Toronto from Calgary to attend school. East met West and resulted in a vibrant marriage and several successful family business ventures ranging from photography in St. John’s to a family restaurant “DunRovens on Main” in Rockyford. Gail’s all-embracing focus was family, and her sons and their families were her pride and joy.
As a lifelong team, John and Gail supported each other, their immediate and extended families; many, many friends and their communities. At their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015, the impact she had on all was very evident.
Gail was a very kind, wise and generous woman, who touched all who knew her, and she will be sorely missed. She would ask us to find a song or poem to share to help all the others who share this loss with us to help ease their way.
It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone.
A part of us went with you, the day God took you home.
If tears could build a stairway, and heartaches make a lane,
we’d walk our way to heaven, and bring you back again.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still,
in our hearts you hold a place that no one could ever fill.
Our thanks to the Rockyford Fire Department, Emergency Medical personnel and STARS, and the doctors, nurses, and care team at the Foothills Hospital that are helping John with his recovery. A service celebrating Gail’s remarkable life will be held at future date.
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