November 29, 1961- December 25, 2022
With broken hearts, we announce the passing of Garry on Christmas Day with his wife and girls surrounding him with love.
Garry was born on November 29th, 1961, to Edmond and Lorraine Leclerc in Winnipeg. His childhood was filled with memories lived on baseball fields, hockey rinks, campgrounds, and the neighbourhood of St. Boniface.
After graduating from Louis Riel Collegiate, he moved on to several jobs and pastimes that allowed him to make lifelong friends and create legacy stories that continue to be told to this day. He spent time at Red River College graduating with his Carpentry Diploma before embarking on jobs in the residential and commercial settings before moving to positions in the Louis Riel School Division.
In 1986, Garry met and married the love of his life and later became a Girl Dad to Carlee and Dominique. His family was his priority and life was better because he was in their lives. As the girls got older, he embraced their passions and became involved in triathlons, volleyball and running. He was the dad who would sit on the phone long distance until the day’s dilemma was solved. His first response was always “what am I going to do about that from Manitoba?” He was their biggest champion as they pursued their educational dreams and found their way as adults. He even smiled and continued to support them when they married Saskatchewan boys. Not an easy feat for a die-hard Bomber fan! Time spent with Madison and Logan brought him great joy. Logan was his mate and their special bond was magical to watch. Madison was his princess and she lived up to the part. She had him wrapped around her finger before she took her first steps. Adventures big and small were always better with Grandpa by their side.
Garry loved his books, doing car, carpentry and woodworking projects, long runs on the coldest of days, watching the Jets play, golfing with his buddies and time in the gym coaching. His favorite nights were cozy ones at home with all his girls (including his pup, Luna) by his side.
After being diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), Garry received the very best of our health care system. We would like to thank Concordia Urgent Care and Grace Emergency Room staff for keeping Garry comfortable until the ICU team at HSC took over. The ICU team and consulting doctors worked so very hard to diagnose and care for him during this time. We are forever grateful for their dedication to the medical profession and perseverance on finding alternative treatment plans until there were no other options available. Also thank you to MICU4 nurses Amanda, Beth and Ruth who treated Garry with compassion and care and helped guide all of us through this journey that no one ever wants to walk.
Garry was predeceased by his dad, Edmond; sister, Gail Phillips; and mother-in-law, Marilyn LaPage. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters Carlee (Cody) and Dominique (Tanner): grandchildren, Logan and Madison; his mother, Lorraine; siblings Brian (Cindra), Ron (Maureen), Sandra; brother-in-law Jeff Phillips; Father-in-law, Dick LaPage; in-laws Cindy (John) Jones; Rick (Melanie) LaPage along with many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at the Pinnacle Club located at IG Field, 315 Chancellor Matheson Road on Tuesday, January 3rd at 2:00 pm. In lieu of donations, please consider bringing a book suitable for children under 14 with you to the service. The books will be donated on his behalf to a school library so others can enjoy a good book as much as he did.
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