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BELBIN, Gary Thomas

With heavy hearts and tremendous sorrow, we announce the passing of Gary Thomas Belbin, on May 27th, at the age of 64. Gary was born in Placentia, Newfoundland, on July 11th, 1950. He became a Professional Engineer and spent most of his successful career with Imperial Oil Ltd. He was predeceased by his mother, Ellen Belbin and his mother-in-law, Joan Coughlan. Left to mourn are his loving wife of 45 years, Lynn, his children Jillian (Lincoln Loo) and Matthew (Marianne Mandrusiak) and his grandchildren Grace and Nathan Loo, his “Sweethearts.”


He also leaves to mourn his father Thomas Belbin, sister Cathy, and brothers Glen, of St. John’s Nfld, Raymond, of Kelowna and Thomas, of New York. His father-in-law, William Coughlan, of Kelowna will forever miss his “special son-in-law.”


He will be sorely missed by numerous relatives and many cherished friends across the country.


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. D. Sarbit, Dr. G. Dueck and the Renal Group at KGH for their excellent care.


A celebration of Gary’s life will be held in Kelowna at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road.


Should family and friends so desire, donations can be made to The Amyloidosis Foundation, www.amyloidosis.org or The Canadian Amyloidosis Support Network, www.thecasn.org.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th

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The service for BELBIN, Gary Thomas is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Louise Stoodley Barnett says:

    Condolences to the Belbin family. Thinking about you all during this time. A gentle man known and loved by many. Rest in Peace Gary.

  • GUS FINN says:

    I,m sorry to hear about Gary

  • Murray Jamieson says:

    Lynn and family. I was very sorry to hear about Gary passing away. We first met over 25 years ago at IOL. I worked with him and for him several times over the years. He was a great boss and friend who always took time to listen, and offered practical advice and solutions. I still have the Admirals uniform, made from a pair of coveralls, he gave me when I left Scona in ’88. I will always have fond memories of working with Gary, particulary the introduction to Jimmy Flynn. Please accept my condolences.

  • Joe Flynn says:

    sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Remember him from Jersey Side.

  • Doris Mandville Smith says:

    Ray, condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of your brother, Gary.

  • May & Jen Coe & Family says:

    our deepest sympathy to all your family. We are so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing Jillian

  • Brian and Carol Fairley says:

    Lynn, we are saddened to hear about Gary’s passing. Working with Gary was an honour. He mentored many of us with his knowledge, vast experience and fabulous sense of humour. We will pray for you and the whole family.

  • John & Mary Alice Zupancic says:

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a great friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with Lynn and the rest of the family.

  • Barbara, Chris & Marian Brlecic says:

    Jillian & Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. We are thinking of all of you at this time. Please take special care.

  • Ed Stoodley says:

    So shocked and saddened to hear about Gary’s passing…..we grew up together on the JerseySide in Placentia….Although I haven’t seen him in almost fifty years it seems like his is family as we were all so close in those old days back in St. Luke’s school in JerseySide. My prayers and thoughts are with him and his family

  • Jim & Aggie Power says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Belbin family .We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing .I have many fond memories of Gary growing up in Jerseyside . He was a good friend .Rest In Peace Gary !

  • Sherry Green says:

    To Lynn family, Uncle Tom and all the Belbin family, my deepest condolences on Gary ‘ s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all if you at this difficult time. Love Sherry & family at Grand Bank, NL

  • Des & Sadie Gambin says:

    Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you.

  • Kevin & Glenys Dean says:

    Lynn and Family
    Gary was an outstanding individual and friend. We will always treasure our times together with Gary and Lynn in Bedford, visits to Sarnia, travels to Dominion Republic, Mexico, Greek Islands, and more.
    He will be very, very much missed but leaves us with many great memories

  • Olive Power says:

    My condolences to Gary’s wife and family, Mr. Belbin and his brothers and sister,

    Gary was one of the Jerseyside crew who won the 1969 Placentia Regatta. My late husband Ed was also a member of that crew and I heard only good things about Gary. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.

  • Karen & Ron MacPherson says:

    We are saddened to learn of Gary’s passing and send our sincere condolences to you Lynn, Jillian, Matthew and family. We have fond memories of the time you lived on Donview in the house that Gary so lovingly and skillfully built. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Karen & Ron MacPherson

  • John Coughlan and family says:

    our condolences. sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Justine Wilson says:

    Jillian, so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Praying strength and peace over all of you during this difficult time. Hugs to you.

  • Gerald (Pearly) & Maureen O'Reilly says:

    To the Belbin Family

    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was very good friend to both us. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  • Patsy Bragg. Ash says:

    My condolences to the Belbin family.I remember growing up with Gary in Jerseyside. Rest in peace my friend

  • Darlene & Mike Mullaley says:

    Sending our sincere condolences to the Belbin family. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Ken and Pat Smith says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Lynn and the family. Gary was a wonderful friend and colleague through countless adventures and challenges at different sites in the IOL circuit over the years; truly one of the good guys.

  • Marie Jordheim says:

    Dear Lynn and Family,
    Our heart felt condolences for your loss. So sorry to hear of it, Gary will be missed!
    Love from Marie and John

  • Ron and Eileen Gurak says:

    We are very sad to hear about Gary’s passing. I worked with Gary at Imperial Oil; his quiet but effective demeanor combined with his sense of humor will stay with us forever. We will never forget.

  • Daniel Evoy & Brigitte Samson says:

    Deepest sympathies from our family to yours.
    Gary was a wonderful warm person and a great mentor.

  • Randy and Donna Rawson says:

    Very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. I had the honor of working with Gary several times throughout my career at Imperial Oil. I will always remember his passion, his fun loving approach, and his smile. Our deepest sympathies!

  • Gerry and Debbie van Haaften says:

    Lynn and family
    Debbie and I were saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I had nothing but the greatest respect for Gary as we went through some difficult times at Scona. He was always optimistic and cheerful as we tackled the next challenge. His positive attitude was contagious to all around him. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Gerry and Debbie

  • The Walsh Family says:

    Dear Mr. Belbin and family,

    We extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time. We all had the pleasure of knowing Gary. He had a beautiful spirit and a million dollar smile that lit up a room. May treasured memories comfort all of you in the days to come.

    Let There Be Memories

    Let there be memories –
    Fond recollections of special occasions
    And everyday things.
    Let your heart start on its journey to healing
    By feeling the comfort remembering brings.

    Let there be memories –
    Pictures, mementos, and favorite stories
    Both funny and sad.
    Let your mind wander
    The path of remembrance,
    Reliving the joys
    And the good times you’ve had.

    Let there be memories –
    Signs that our love ones
    Remain near in spirit
    Long after they’re gone –
    Tender, surprising, heartwarming, and welcome
    Sweet proof of the promise
    That love will live on.

    – by Linda Barnes

    Thinking of you,

    Sue, Jim (Betty), Linda (Tom), and Fred (Mary)

  • Arthur and Sharon Hodder says:

    Our thoughts are with you and your family at such a sad time.

  • Harry Mercer says:

    Lynn and Family
    Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Although I have not seen you and Gary since graduation from NSTC in 1971 I have fond memories of our time together working our way through Engineering school. It was a true pleasure to have gotten to know Gary.
    Take care

  • Gerry Woolnough says:

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We have great memories of Gary being the life of the party when he was in Edmonton. We think of the great host that Gary was when we visited Halifax. Great memories. Great guy.Bye Gary

  • Ron and Lane Shupe says:

    We are so very very sorry for your loss. A life so well lived was cut way too short.

  • Jan Taylor says:

    Jillian, Lincoln, Grace and Nathan:
    I was so very sorry to hear of your loss of your father and grandfather. Speak of him often and share the memories and stories. Gary lives on through all of you.

  • David & Marianne Nichols says:

    Dear Lynn & family,

    We are very saddened to hear about Gary. We have many fond memories of your time as our next-door neighbours in Rainbow Cove and Gary’s fun-loving, generous spirit. Especially, we remember the time he saved our trip to Aruba with a high speed delivery of a passport to the airport!

    Know that we are thinking of you.

    Hugs, David & Marianne

  • Malcolm & Christina Murray says:

    Lynn…We are saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a great friend and colleague – definitely one the best. His sense of humour was contagious! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the family. Blessings.

  • Freda Lannon says:

    Lynn and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I remember him as a genuine, kind, decent man with a lovely sense of humour. I hope that all the wonderful memories you have will help you through this sad time.

  • Pat and Doug Scheer says:

    Lynn and family. Doug and I were very sad to see the notice about Gary. We have a lot of great memories of the days in Sarnia spent on the tennis courts followed by drinks and socializing on the deck. Gary brought a lot of fun to these events with his great sense of humor and ready smile. Our deepest sympathies.

  • Joy McGinnis says:

    Dear Lynn and Jillian
    I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. My heart and thoughts are with you all.

  • Jim Hancock says:

    To the Belbin Family,
    Sincere condolences on your loss. Gary and I were good friends and shared many happy times during our childhood growing up in Jerseyside and all through our school years. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.
    My thoughts are with you during your period of bereavement.

    Jim Hancock

  • Gary & Willi Locke says:

    Lynn and family, we are deeply sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. One of the greatest highlights of my career was having the honour to work with Gary and to be inspired by his passion for life. Our memories of Gary will always be good ones.

  • Barb and Andy Brennek says:

    Dear Lynn and Family. We are so sorry to hear about Gary. Our hearts go out to you and we will hold you in our prayers.

  • Peter and Barb Ingle says:

    Lynn – very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. We very much enjoyed our times together in Bedford and again in Calgary. Gary’s strength and sense of humour were amazing to see and admire. He was a great mentor in so many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • Cheryl Umpleby says:

    Lynn, Jillian, Matthew and family,
    We are thinking of you with sad hearts and many fond memories.
    Ann, Cheryl and Helen

  • Bill Pippy says:

    Lynn and family. I remember quite well the night you and Gary met at that Tech dance in Halifax. It was obvious you were meant for each other. Gary and I go back to our early days at MUN and our relationship continued all the way through Tech. So sorry to hear about his passing. He was a great friend and confidant in those days. I will always remember him fondly.

  • Mary Pyne says:

    Dear Cathy and your family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear brother. May your fondest memories bring you consolation in the coming weeks. I never had the pleasure of meeting Gary, but I do know how loved he was by his baby sister. There is a little piece of Gary in all of you! He will always be with you! God bless till you meet again.

  • Richard and Claudette Nosotti says:

    We knew Gary and Lynn 35 years ago in Dartmouth NS with ESSO. Sad to hear of Gary’s passing. Please accept our condolences.

  • Brenda Elford says:

    Tenderly may time heal your sorrow; gently may friends ease your pain; softly may peace replace heartaches and may warmest memories remain.

    With Sympathy,
    Brenda Elford

  • Anna Hall says:

    Lynn, was so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I have very fond memories of him and the time we all shared on our Cruise. I am sure there were days that he was not feeling well, but he always had a smile and something positive to say.
    You are fortunate to have good friends, and I am sure they will wrap around you like a blanket as you and your family go thru this difficult time. Although I am sure you have been bracing for his passing, we are always hit with the finality of it all. Judy will be a good shoulder for you to lean on, you have both been hit hard but are strong women. My thoughts are with you……… hugs Anna

  • Jeff Dawkins says:

    Lynn & family – so sorry to hear of your loss – my thoughts are with you


  • Robert et Odette Theberge says:

    It is with great sadness that we have learned of Gary’s passing. I will always remember him as a caring, fun loving person. Our thoughts are we you and your family.

  • Ron and Marlee says:

    Lynn and family; Very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. We always remember the good times with the Dartmouth Refinery gang. Our love to you.

  • Judith Coughlan-Lambly says:

    Our sincere condolences cousin Lynn the loss of your dear husband. We knew through Len and Betty of his recent illness. Please give our love and condolences to Uncle Bill.
    Judy Coughlan Lambly and husband Peter.

  • Lloyd M Wilson says:

    Our sincerest condolences to family and friends on Gary’s passing. I knew Gary through high school and boarded or roomed with him during our 1st year at MUN. I remember Gary being into weight lifting and working out on a regular basis at the gym. I also spent over 20 years with Esso Minerals / Esso Petroleum in Toronto but never knew until now that Gary was a fellow colleague working at our refineries….it is indeed a small world. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him, however briefly.

  • Judy and Jim Berg says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing – our deepest condolences Lynn, to you and all of your family, as you deal with this huge loss.

  • Ken and Heather Hubley says:

    We are very saddened to learn of Gary’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you Lynn and your family.

  • Norma (Brown) Oster and John says:

    Dear Lynn and family, Bev told me about Gary’s passing. So sorry for your great loss . . . Grief is the price we pay for love.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Sincere condolences, Norma and John

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