DeWilde, Gary

William Gary DeWilde (Gary) March 6, 1965 – February 26, 2022

With heavy hearts, we the family have to announce that our beloved Gary passed away February 26, 2022, at the Grey Nuns Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with family by his side. Gary leaves behind to cherish his memories, wife of 23 years Mable Underwood – DeWilde; son Tylen Dennison DeWilde; daughter Tralanne Daltone DeWilde; Mom Ina June DeWilde (Smith); Dad William Roger DeWilde (Bill); sister Debbie Annette Ulrich (Terry); niece Nicole (Kirck) and their two daughters; nephew Jeremy and one son; as well as a large extended family and friends! Gary’s friendly smile and infectious laugh will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

Gary lived in Fort Saskatchewan his whole life and he lived it to the fullest. If he was not spending time with family and friends, he was doing something with his brain, usually a game that consisted of numbers. Gary could remember numbers and calculate math like nobody’s business. It is something he instilled in the kids as well: no calculators, use your brain power. Gary would carry on a conversation with anyone at any time and could be the crackerjack if he wanted. (Life of the party as well)
Gary graduated from Fort High School and went on to work 25+ years in the oil and gas industry as an Instrumentation Technician. Gary faced many challenges in his life, but not once would you hear him complain or give up. He was a man of determination and a will to prove and out prove everyone wrong. He did this time and time again with everything he did. Still today many people say they remember when Gary did this or when Gary did that.

Gary worked with determination and integrity and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. Gary’s kind and caring nature drew many people to him.

Gary’s most prized possessions in this world and he would tell you this straight were his two beautiful children through and through. The sun and moon rose on his children. There is nothing he would not do or drop at a moment’s notice for his children. Family was first and foremost to Gary.

Summing up Gary’s life and how he lived his life: “Value the person when they are alive and don’t cry for them when they are dead” ‘Love King’

The family would like to thank the staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital for the kind and caring support they showed Gary during his stay and the support they have shown our family during this difficult time.

Donations can be made in Gary’s name to the Gymkhana club that his daughter is a member of: Attention: Kris @ Woodlands St. Anne Gymkhana Club 82 Feero Dr. Whitecourt, Alberta T7S 1E7 or to a charity of one’s choice.

‘Bury My Body But Don’t Bury My Beliefs’

A time will come when my life ceases. But when that time comes, I ask that you remember these things:
BURY MY BODY but don’t bury my beliefs
BURY MY HEART but don’t bury my love
BURY MY EYES but don’t bury my vision
BURY MY FEET but not the path of my life
BURY MY HANDS but not my diligent efforts
BURY MY SHOULDERS but not the concerns I carried
BURY MY VOICE but not my message
BURY MY MIND but don’t bury my dreams
BURY ME but don’t bury my life.
Randall Rohr/Captain Ronnie Melancon

Serenity Funeral Service – Fort Saskatchewan
780 998 1422

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Mona Jansen (Ford)

I was saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. My heartfelt prayers are with the DeWilde family. I met Gary in middle school. He had a contagious smile and caring heart. One particular summer at Gull Lake with his mom and dad is etched in my memory. How blessed to have known such a soul as Gary. We look forward to Reunion day until then from strength to strength.

Keith Wallis

We lost a good one too early. May we see him in heaven and for sorrows that you have. He was gone too early. May you always smile looking down at us. He was a great friend with a big heart. Will miss you Gary.

Mark Hawco

My condolences to Gary’s family and friends. I meet him many years ago while working in Fort McMurray. I will always remember is quick wit, sense of humour and personality. Take care of each other during this difficult time.

Martina And Terry Kelly

Our sincerest condolences to the family. I went to school with Gary. He was always the funny guy. I haven’t seen him for a couple of years however if it was a day, a week or years when you saw him he would give you a big hug. Rest easy my friend with that big smile you always had.

Mike and Kathy Martel

Gary will be missed. We were saddened to hear of his passing and remember all of the good conversations we had with him while having coffee at A & W. To his family, nothing said will bring him back, but our memories of him will live on in our hearts and minds. It was an honor to know him.

Jeffrey Fischer

To Bill, Ina, Debbie, Mabel and family
Sincere condolences on the passing of one of my longest life long friends, Gary! Many memories rush back from the early years in the Fort (starting at around 6 years old) to the last time I saw Gary filling his truck up at the local Shell station. Gary in short( like his buzz cut) was one of the most honest and loyal friend a person could have and I will dearly remember him for his sense of humor, big smile and great laugh. Many, many great times together and to soon to say goodbye my friend.

Jennifer Waddington

I am so very sorry for your loss of Gary. He was an amazing man with a gigantic heart of kindness. Heaven has welcomed another angel.

Corene Matier

I was so sad to hear of Gary’s passing.. My thoughts & prayers go out to the entire DeWilde family. I grew up with Gary and our families have known each other my entire life.
I have wonderful childhood memories of times spent with Gary , getting in and out of trouble together& great summer days. No matter what he faced it was always with that amazing smile of his. Rest in peace my friend!


Murray Melnyk

My condolences to Gary’s family and extended family. This is shocking news that I don’t want to believe. I have had the privilege of knowing Gary since an early age through playing hockey and then in junior and high school since I was from the other side of town. I swear Gary never had a bad day. He was always smiling and that’s how I will remember him. The world lost a good person. Keep on smiling my friend. Rest In Peace Gary

Shannon Knowles (Cummings)

Dear Mabel & Family,
We are sending our most deepest condolences & love to all of you in hearing of the passing of Gary. Although it has been years since I have seen him the memories flood back. Memories all involving our children growing up down the street from what is now your home. Seeing Gary dropping the kids at the pool for swim class & gymnastics. He was one hell of a hands on dad that’s for sure. Gary & Paxton knowing each other from Safeway I believe in the late 80’s/90’s. A community man who stopped at nothing & always had a smile on his face, ready & eager for a conversation & catch up. Forever the memories. All our love. Shannon.

Dale Bauman

My sincere condolences to Mable and family. I t was my pleasure to have known Gary as our neighbor for years , rest in peace my friend


Jan Bettac

Sending my deepest condolences to the Dewilde family. I was lucky enough to have known Gary since we were young. He always had a smile and was always up for a chat. Rest in Peace Gary.

Connie Buck

My Condolences to the Family of Gary . This saddened me as I have been known to Mabel for a lot of years ! May he RIP ! Cherish the Memories you have !

Bill Elko

Dewilde Family,
My sincerest condolences to all of the family. My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Heather Lewis ( Clark)

Dewilde Family,
I cried when i heard of Gary’s passing.. He has left this world far too soon. Gary was a great man and true friend. Have known him my entire life and have many memories of good time shared. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him
Sending our love and condolences in this very difficult time
Rest in peace my friend

Shona Patterson

My deepest condolences and prayers to Gary’s family and friends as well as anyone fortunate enough to know him, I have fond memories of Gary from high school. One of the kindest people I have ever known, he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He very kindly helped me pick up my books that I accidentally dropped in the school hallway, I’ve never forgotten that. Rest In Peace Gary, the world has lost an incredible person and heaven has definitely gained an Angel.

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