Obituaries

GARY BRABANT

January 3, 2012

Posted by:
Jane (Wave Track customer)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I stopped by Wave Track today to pick up a few things for the camping/canoeing season. What a cold shock to hear that Gary had passed away. I felt that he had always treated me generously, given me excellent equipment recommendations, and offered invaluable advise to this aspiring backcountry canoe enthusiast. I will miss him.

Posted by:
Gerry (Bruneau)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Sorry to hear about Gary, Sandra. I was glad we got a chance to visit at Christmas.

Posted by:
Robert Stanners (Business, school, MRCA, and a fri

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I remember Gary from the days at The Happy O. He was more concerned with sharing of information than sales. Later on, he helped us with presentations and promotions of outdoor pursuits at our school, Collège Louis-Riel. Once he owned Wave Track, he remained the same, preferring not to sell you a product he felt was inappropriate for you, as in You'll need a longer paddle.It was always worthwhile to consult him on a variety of topics; his expertise and his support of our school trips have been appreciated for years. His presence will be missed. Our condolences to family.Robert Stanners

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Bob Williams (fellow paddler)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Gary made a difference in this world. He shared his passion of the wilderness with everyone and then took the next step and showed them out to access the wilderness and enjoy. The secret canoe routes, the right equipment and the inexpensive ''things'' you might need, all of this he gladly shared. Gary taught so many people to experience the outdoors, stood for hours in the Pan Am pool helping people learn the other half of the eskimo roll all with good humour.He made a difference !!!

Posted by:
Harold and Kay McCort (friends)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Some people you just know when you are associated with them, that they are basically good and kind folks, and that designation is solidly affixed to our friend Gary.God bless the family and give them comfort with many fond remembrances. We were often with Gary at PTE volunteering, where he impressed with his open and helpful friendly manner. Well deserved R.I.P.

Posted by:
Greg & Chris Brabant (Brother)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Our most sincere condolences to you and all that loved Gary, SandraRest in peace Big Brother

Posted by:
kitty (friend)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. Please take care.

Posted by:
Tom Robinson (co-worker)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

My sincere condolences to Gary's family. I had the pleasure of working and paddling with him way back in Happy Outdoorsman days.

Posted by:
Diane Cranston (sister)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Gary will always be remembered as a wonderful son and big brother and a fun-loving uncle to his many nieces and nephews. We love you and we will miss you.

Posted by:
Judy Moir (Sister)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Even though you were not in our lives for many years you will always be remembered and loved by your family. Your Mom, six brothers and sisters think of you often. May you rest in peace.

Posted by:
Darrin Bohonis

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Sincere condolences to Gary's family.Gary was always welcoming when you entered his store. Always kind, honest and eager to share his experiences. His legacy is regarded fondly by many.You will be missed. Be at peace.

Posted by:
Ian Robertson

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Gary would always give an honest opinion of the product he sold you, this instilled a confidence that made me go to the other side of the city to deal with him.

Posted by:
Lynne and Cameron White

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Gary's kindness and willingnness to help all on short notice will always be remembered by our family. He was a man of high integrity and passion who would not sell you what you didn't need! Rest well.

Posted by:
Layton and Maureen Carefoot (Friends)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

We remember Gary from the early days at The Happy Outdoorsman, and he was always a source for good advice and good humour. We managed to meet up with him on many of the May long weekend Manigotogan canoe trips, and his Pan-Am pool kayak lessons led to some joyous years of paddling. After years away, we came back to Manitoba and visited Gary in the store and sure enough, got the 'Hear comes the sales pitch.' Truly sorry to hear of his passing, at far too early an age. Gary, we'll miss you.

Posted by:
Bruno Rosenberg

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I'm very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I enjoyed visiting with him in his store. He was welcoming and generous with his wealth of paddling experience. I'll miss his famous 'sales pitches' as well.

Posted by:
Perry McGregor

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I first met Gary when he instructed a course at the Pan am ohh soo many years ago. Over the following years, Gary and I would continue to run into each other through business, Wilderness Pursuits, Paddle Manitoba and just about any other paddle event as we followed our passions to be on the water though we never got around to doing that together Gary has been a constant on the Manitoba paddling scene and will be missed My sincere condolences to his wife Sandra and family..

Posted by:
Brian Johnston (Fellow passionate paddler and avid

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

I will miss Gary's 'Here comes the sales pitch' as well as his practical advice. My sincere condolences to Gary's family and friends.

Posted by:
Harry and Margaret Stimson (Friends)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

We have known Gary for more than thirty years during which we shared a passion for the outdoor industry, paddling in particular. He was a true gentleman. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by:
Ruby and Vincent (in laws)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Dearest Sandra, Our heart is with you. We had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Gary, when of course, we all united in a week of joy celebrating the marriage of your son Wes, to our daughter Kimberley. Every time I seemed to meet Gary, he was always doing something to help others, and always with a smile. In the moments before I left the room to go to the ceremony, it was Gary who brought my Dad to the door to collect me. Seeing I was not quite ready, Gary said 'I'll take Percy for a whisky shall I', with a wink in his eye knowing I needed another ten minutes! We are so happy Gary played a part in Kimberley's life, and thankful for the memories. We know you are a great Mum-in-Law to her, and that gives us great delight! Until you meet with him again, may life bring you comfort and joy always! xxxxxxx

Posted by:
Hilda Rudnicki (friend )

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

My sympathy Sandra, Wes and Kimberly. What a wonderful man, Gary will be missed by many. At this time we find it difficult to think. But God saw him suffering and took him home. May God give you strength at this sad time. Love Hilda

Posted by:
Libby Laycraft (Friend)

Posted on:
February 2, 2018

Sandra we are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family and friends. We will always remember Gary with warm thoughts and smiles. Take care.Tha Laycrafts (Libby, Dennis, Callie and Blaine)