← View All Tributes

Gerrit (Gary) Gary de Vries

August 14, 1958 - February 10, 2019

Tribute

Gary was born in the small town of Cornwall, Ontario on Aug 14, 1958. Gary was the youngest of 6 children and grew up with his siblings Luke, Hennie, Tryne, Harry, and Albert. Gary moved to BC in 1981 to pursue his career in printing. Gary was a dedicated employee and worked for West Key Graphics for 38 years. Gary found Anita within 2 months of coming to BC and there began their beautiful love story. Within 5 months, he popped the question and they were married on May 28, 1983.

Gary and Anita jumped right in to start a family. Danai arrived on May 13, 1985 and Gary was overjoyed by his beautiful baby girl. Quentin came in 1987, Cole in 1988, and their baby girl Keshia in 1991. Gary was blessed with a large and loving family. He partnered with Anita and raised his children with patience, discipline, and humility. He often took them on long family trips camping to see the natural beauty of Canada. From the very beginning, he dedicated his children to God and encouraged them to have a relationship with Jesus, read the bible, and live a generous, faith filled life. Gary stepped up and became a strong 2nd father to his sons and daughter in law.

Gary became a Poppy in May 2016. He was thrilled and excited to begin the grandparent fun. He enjoyed Dutch licorice and hooked Ethan to his favorite candy. In Gary’s last week, the family welcomed little Finnley. Because of Finnley, Gary, Anita, and the kids spent time together every day in his last week. The kids feel so blessed to have this additional, special time with their Dad.

Gary touched the lives of many and leaves in his wake a beautiful legacy and example of a man who truly loved the Lord. Gary was kind, happy go lucky, and easy going with a positive word of encouragement for all in his path. He was devoted to his best friend and wife of 35 years, Anita.

Gary was predeceased by his parents, his mother in law Kathy, and his nephews Nathan and Albert.

Gary leaves behind his wife of 35 years Anita, his children Danai (Tiberu), Quentin, Cole (Lexi), Keshia (Nate), cherished grandchildren Ethan and Finnley, his father in law Pieter, brother in law Gerald, nieces and nephews, church family, and many treasured friends. Gary was joyfully anticipating the arrival of his next grandson due this April.

 

We are assured that Gary is safe in the loving arms of his Saviour and until we meet again, he will be profoundly missed.

 

Please join us for a Celebration of Gary’s Life.

 

Saturday Feb 23 1 pm

Christian Life Assembly

21277 56 Avenue

Langley, BC

Condolences

Send a condolence, light a candle and/or share a memory, click "Send Condolence". Once your message has been approved by the moderator it will be posted to the website.

From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: John & Joanne Vink
Relation: Best friends from Ontario

Dear Anita & family,
We heard the sad news about Gary and are deeply saddened by it. He was a good friend and he will be truly missed. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers.
John and Joanne Vink

From: Annette and Hank Vandenbrink

Dear Anita and family,
we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary, your husband, father, grandfather. We just very recently heard of the sad news and have been holding you in our hearts. He has surely left a huge hole in your family and in your broken hearts. You will miss him terribly. Know that we think of you and pray for peace and comfort. Hank and Annette Vandenbrink

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 23, 2019
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Christian Life Assembly
21277 - 56 Avenue
Langley, BC Canada

21277 - 56 Avenue
Langley, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Send Flowers

Floral Tributes may be ordered directly through our supplier for delivery throughout the entire lower mainland, from Hope to Vancouver:

Wiebe & Jeske Funeral Home
202-31314 Peardonville Rd.
Abbotsford BC
V2T 6K8

info@wiebeandjeskefh.com
604-859-5885

When ordering please have the name of the deceased, the date of the funeral service and the address/phone number of the delivery location for handy reference.

Donate In Memory

Send Condolence - For Gerrit (Gary) de Vries

Use the form below to send a Condolence, light a memorial candle and/or share a personal memory.

Your email address will not be published.

Please upload a small jpg file (Max file size is 1MB)

← View All Tributes