~ The Life Journey of Garry Dale Meeds ~
With loving hearts and cherished memories we say farewell to Garry, a gentleman, a man of integrity, deep faith, empathy, and kindness, whose passion for life was filled with humor and dedication to Susan, “the love of his life,” and to his family.
On February 19, 2017 Garry passed away peacefully at the age of 69 years with his devoted wife at his side.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Susan Meeds (nee Harriman), one brother Dennis, one sister Donna, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends. Garry was predeceased by his parents, Delton and Florence Meeds.
Soon after Garry’s birth in Regina, Saskatchewan, the family moved to the U.S. where he spent his childhood years to the eighth grade. In 1961, the Meeds family moved back to Saskatchewan, where Garry completed his schooling.
In 1967, Garry moved to Edmonton to begin work at Core Laboratories where he worked for 15 years before joining the Edmonton Fire Department Prevention and Inspection Branch. He excelled as a Fire Inspector, Fire Code Safety Officer, but his most rewarding work was coordinating the Fire Safe House Program, teaching elementary school children about fire safety. Garry retired in 2007 after 25 years of service.
By nature, Garry was a dependable and enthusiastic person who was dedicated to his faith, his family and his work. He was a factual, detailed individual who connected with all age groups. His enthusiasm and the joy of living he continually exhibited were contagious aspects of his character. He was quick to offer support and mentored many.
Garry’s passion and love for motorcycles began at the age of 18 when he purchased the first of four motorcycles, culminating with a candy apple red Honda Goldwing trike. Next to Susan — and possibly ice cream — the Goldwing was the “love of his life.” For 15 years, he and Susan travelled extensively all across Canada and the lower 48 States, making friends wherever they went.
A service to commemorate Garry’s life journey will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
Kensington Village Christian Church, 3rd Floor, 12603 – 135 Avenue, Edmonton.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Shepherd’s Care Foundation, designated to
Kensington Long-Term Care Music Program would be gratefully appreciated.