Gary Louis Ferro
December 9, 1942 – October 1, 2017
Gary Louis Ferro was born in Trail on December 9, 1942 to Louis and Mary Ferro (nee DiPietro) and passed away peacefully on October 1, 2017 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer Disease.
He is survived by his wife Carol, daughters Michelle and Nikki (Josh), grandchildren Nathan, Nicholas, Gianna, Madison and Zakk, brother Wayne (Lynne), sister Wendy (Darrell), brother Glenn and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gary will also be deeply missed by Carol’s four children, their spouses, her nine grandchildren as well as Carol’s sisters, brother and their spouses and children.
Gary was just like that – immediately loved and embraced by all who met him.
Gary was employed with the Trail Times for 40 years during which time he was able to pursue his passion for both hockey and baseball.
He was a natural athlete and well known as a sports enthusiast. His passions were primarily hockey and baseball but he easily mastered all sport including skiing, racquet sports, curling and golf.
As a Senior Smoke Eater, he was both a team and crowd favourite known for being a gentleman both on and off the ice.
One of Gary’s greatest thrills was being selected to represent Canada in the World Games in Sweden in the early 70’s. Over the years he continued to fuel his love of hockey through his lifelong support of the Trail Smoke Eaters and as a player for various other commercial and recreational teams.
Greetings of The Ripper or Goose were normal wherever he went. Gary continued to play hockey until he made the decision to hang up his skates at the age of 61 because of multiple nose surgeries – the result of having had his nose broken more than once.
Gary was equally well known for his years of playing baseball or coaching girls ball or as an avid supporter of his daughters numerous and varied athletic endeavours.
Gary’s legacy as a sportsman is one of fairness, humility, loyalty and dedication. He was not only a gentleman – but a gentle man – who never failed to have time, a smile or kind words for everyone.
We would be honoured to have you join us in celebrating Gary’s life – Gary’s way – in casual dress with lots of camaraderie at 11:30 am on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Colombo Lodge located at 584 Rossland Avenue in Trail.
Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Servicestm has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society at alzheimer.ca or to Columbia View Lodge – Special Care Unit c/o KBRH Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail BC, V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services