Passed on: February 14th, 2016
KELLER, Gary Wayne
February 15, 1946 – Moose Jaw, SK
February 14, 2016 – Calgary, AB
It is with great sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Gary Keller following his battle with cancer at the PLC Hospital in Calgary, AB one day before his 70th birthday surrounded by his family. Gary went peacefully with his usual wit and humor until the end.
Gary was born and raised in Moose Jaw, SK where he enjoyed a happy childhood; eventually starting a family and settling in Calgary with his wife Joan and their three sons. Gary was very athletic. An avid baseball and hockey player, curler and golfer, he passed on many of these loves to his sons through coaching. Gary worked as a salesman for Sleeman Brewery until his retirement at age 65. Then bored with retirement he took on a job of Safety Officer for the last 5 years developing and maintaining a COR certified safety program. Gary married Alana in 2003 and spent the remainder of his days travelling, golfing and enjoying life with her at his side.
Gary will be lovingly remembered by his wife Alana (nee Diewold); mother Phyllis; sister Sharleen (Harry); sons Brad (Tracy), Brent (Catherine), Kirk; step-daughter Cassandra; grandkids Jared, Cameron, Shelby, Austin and great grandson Riley as well as numerous other relatives and in-laws. He is predeceased by his father John and first wife Joan (nee Rogers).
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, February 19, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as well as Saturday February 20th from 09:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Funeral Services to be presided over by Pastor Wayne Lewry and held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, Alberta) on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with reception to follow. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Provincial Office, Sun Life Place, 710, 10123 – 99th Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1 Telephone: 1(866) 412-4222.
In living memory of Gary Keller, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Calgary, Alberta. Telephone: 1-403-276-2296.