With deep sadness and love, we announce the death of Garth Funk. He passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital on May 18, 2014 at the age of 71. His heroic battle with cancer is now over.
He is remembered by those around him as the teacher giving lectures and debating at the kitchen table until the end. He is survived by his two daughters, LaDawn (Mark) and Laurelle (Chris and young Cooper, and new brother and sister Beckett and Shelby) and Anita, his dearest friend and closest companion for many years. He is also missed by his extended family, Jenny and Neil at Sunday night dinner, along with Geoff, Milla and Anna. Many dear friends in Spruce Grove and Edmonton will remember him at the curling club where he enjoyed his years playing, watching and coaching from behind the post.
He is remembered lovingly by his sister, Elaine (Willard); his brother, Wayne (Sheila); his sister in law Loree; his sister in law, Elaine (Alvin) and sister in law, Marlene along with their families. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and extended family members will remember sharing stories with Garth as he enlightened and enjoyed the banter of conversation. His personality and strength will be remembered by those who never heard him complain about being sick.
He is predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth, his brother, Kerby and brother in law, Donnie and his parents, Jake and Marie.
Cremation has taken place, and a memorial will be held in the summer of 2014 with notification by email. Garth wanted to sincerely thank Dr. Bector and all his specialist doctors for their unwavering support and the team at the Cross Cancer in Edmonton and all the facilities in Edmonton helping him over the last 6 years. Donations to your own favourite charity would be appreciated very much.