Gary John Forsythe
October 12, 1943 – January 27, 2015
Gary Forsythe passed away at Victoria, B.C. after returning from a Winter driving trip to
Toronto, and back with his son Greg. The goal was to strike off one more thing on Gary’s
Bucket List, a driving trip across Canada. The poor weather and poor road conditions further east forced them to stay in Toronto with family a few days and then headed home. Gary & Greg had a great memory trip there and back but the effort had seemed to take the last of Gary’s strength and he was ready to rest back in Victoria. What a gift this last month has been. We know he is now with his soul mate Nancy (Mori) whom we lost on November 11th, 2013.
Gary was born at home, in Copper Mountain on October 12, 1943. The
family moved in 1951, and he attend school in Lavington & High School in Vernon, where he met and married Nancy Mori in 1965, and moved to Prince Rupert to work at a sawmill, and then on tug boats. Greg was born in Prince Rupert and Nancy worked as a hairdresser and then went into the legal office work. The family moved back to Vernon in 1975 where Gary became a carpenter and Nancy continued in legal office work. They later moved to Victoria and continued working until the last few years when health reasons caused first Nancy to retire, and then Gary finally this past summer. They loved the milder climate for Nancy’s vegetable garden, biking and exploring, and being near water. Camping and driving trips with friends and family and great food was a major focus. Gary helped many a friend and family member with home building, or reno’s, or fixing vehicles. Greg took up mechanic work which seemed fitting as the Forsythe Family Motto is “Repairer of Ruins”. Gary’s brother Bill(’11) had also been a mechanic.
Predeceased by his parents John Forsythe & Cora (Lindsey) Forsythe,
brother Bill, brother-in-law Wally Skelton, and In-laws Minori & Mary Mori.
Survived by son Greg (Salmon Arm), sisters Eleanor Skelton (Prince
Rupert), Donna Forsythe (Vernon), sister-in-law Sanae (Ted), Mizue
(David), Janet (Frank), and brother-in-law Nobby (Karen) Mori (Vernon), nieces, nephews, and many cousins and friends.
No service by request. Cremation with a celebration at a future date.