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September 29, 1957 — October 22, 2022

Garry Shiosaki passed away peacefully on October 22, 2022 at the Brookhaven Care Centre in West Kelowna, BC.  He was 65 years old.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 37 years, Gloria; his daughter Carly and son-in-law Jake Knight; his siblings Gordon (Debbie), Bernice (Mike Webster), Judy (Mike McDermott); Brian (Tanya), Ronald, Jackie, David, and Cindy; the Engene family, Bennett family, Swanson family, and Mould family; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Long time childhood friends who will miss him include Jeff Middleton and family, Kevin Roche, and the Schwartz family.

Garry was predeceased by his daughter Kayla (d.2022), father Jack (d.1981), mother Yasue (d.1999), brother Eugene (d.1966), sister Susie Engene (d 2002), Sister Nona Bennett (d.2019), father-in-law Lawrence Swanson (d.2015), and mother-in-law Vera Swanson (d.2005).

Garry was born at Kelowna General Hospital on September 29, 1957.  He attended school at Raymer Elementary, and graduated from Kelowna Senior Secondary in 1976.  Garry worked for Kelowna Nurseries, Kelowna General Hospital – kitchen staff, Western Star/White Trucks, Teck Coal – Fording River Operations from 1981 – 2011.

He attended Selkirk College in Nelson, BC in 1977/78 studying pre-apprentice Heavy Duty Mechanics.

Garry married Gloria in Kelowna on June 29, 1985 and they lived in Elkford, BC from 1981 through until 2014.  Daughters Kayla and Carly were born in 1988 and 1991 respectively.

He was a volunteer fireman for the Elkford Fire Department from 1988 through 2012, and a Mine Rescue Member for Fording River Operations from 1988 – 2012.

Garry loved fishing the Elk and Fording Rivers with buddies Russ and Daryl, as well as Koocanusa Lake with buddies Dale, Blair, Dave,Terry, and Doug, and Okanagan and Woods Lakes with brothers Brian and Ron and cousin Rick, and the Shuswap with brother Brian and Uncle Camillo.  He hunted in the Elk Valley with buddy Pete.  Lots of wonderful memories of camping at Lake Koocanusa with long time Elkford friends Hascarls, Huciks, Roberts, Kliments, Tanners, Walshes and Hills. He was always there for friends, family and strangers and would give the shirt off his back to help.  He enjoyed working on cars, trucks, and boats – anything with a motor.  He loved sports and played fastball, slowpitch, golf, bowling, and enjoyed hiking and walking.  A die-hard Vancouver Canucks fan, he had recently become a Seattle Kraken fan.

Garry was a loving, enthusiastic and involved father for Kayla and Carly.  He was a community volunteer coach for youth baseball, women’s softball and high school volleyball teams.  He was also coach for his daughters’ T-ball, softball and volleyball teams.  He was a superb spotlight operator for every annual ice show of the Elkford Figure Skating Club .

He was diagnosed with early on-set dementia in 2010.  In 2014 he retired to Kelowna to be closer to family and friends.  Thanks to family and friends Garry had lots of good times and attended many memorable events.  He moved into Brookhaven Care Facility in October of 2018 and passed away peacefully in October  2022.

Special thank you to Brookhaven Staff who became our extended family.  Thank you for your exceptional care of Garry.  Special shout-outs to the MacIntosh Unit staff and the Spartan Unit staff.  Thank you to Dr. David Whiting and staff – especially Angela.  And of course, many thanks to our wonderful family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 10:00 am, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A reception will follow at the same venue.  If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzeimer Society of BC, or a charity of your choice.

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Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for SHIOSAKI, Garry is scheduled for Saturday, November 12, 2022, at 10:00 am. 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

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Joanne and Dean McKerracher says:

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing! Our deepest condolences to you and yours!

  • Clifford & Angele Dortman says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Gloria & family.

  • Gordon Patrick White & Laina Pearl White says:

    Worked with Garry at Fording River. Sorry for the family

  • Annette Sheppard says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family.

  • Mary and Gordon Leduc says:

    RIP Garry Condolences to Gloria and family cherish the memories

  • Jackie & Morley Gilbert says:

    So very sorry for your loss. When I heard I thought back to some fun times and very happy memories. I remember when he bought Gloria’s engagement ring, showed me and said it was her Christmas gift. I said you can’t just give her a ring as nice as it is she needs a gift too, he bought a care bear to go with it. Love that memory. Jackie and Morley

  • Gail Vandale says:

    My heartfelt condolences for Gloria and family on your loss of Garry. He was such a wonderful man.

  • Jackie and Dustin Ingham says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Heather Ketchum says:

    So sorry for your loss Gloria and family.

  • Doug & Jackie Hill says:

    Gloria thinking of you, Carly and Jake as you celebrate Garry’s life. May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time. We have many fond memories of Garry; he will forever be in our hearts. Love Jackie and Doug

  • Ernie and Allayne Walters says:

    To Gloria and family, so very sorry to hear of Garry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Corey Kortmeyer says:

    I served with Garry in Elkford with Elkford Fire Rescue. He was a dedicated member of the Fire Department. I am so sorry for your loss Gloria. All my condolences to you and yours! He will be remembered fondly by me. He was a kind and caring soul.

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