June 26, 1961 – October 4, 2021
An amazing son, brother, Uncle and friend has left us suddenly on this October 4th. He has left, but his spirit of life will live with us. Gary was born in Mission, BC to Norman and Eleanor Weber brought home as the first born to the family farm on Nicomen Island, BC in the summer of 1961.
Gary was a man who lived his life with cause, a man who brought love to his family and friends; he will be sorely missed. Let us come together in remembrance of the steadfast presence he brought to all of us in so many different ways, remember those special times we all shared with him throughout the decades of his life.
This man water-skied, sending rooster tails and rainbows behind his wake in the warm summer days on many local lakes. Music was one of his many talents; non stop rhythms flowed into his love of drums; as a teen, Gary played out his rocking beats with his many friends and continued his love of music throughout his life.
As a young man he dreamed about many ventures he may have in his smoking green van, then came the black van dressed in gold velvet which would further the dream of a “rockstar”. Let’s not forget the Firebird and platform shoes!
A marksman’s ability in competitive target shooting; lock and load, hitting the mark every time Gary won many awards of excellence. Gary had a special gift of teaching, he instructed with patience, encouragement and a ready chuckle.
Gary lived his best life surrounded by nature, his career paths from early on kept him within the stunning BC mountains. Starting with putting on his cork boots as a choker setter as a young teen to slinging cedar shake blocks in the Vancouver coastal mountains. Gary could backup a fully loaded B-train down sketchy logging roads like a boss.
His father always marveled how Gary could level land with his excavator and his dad’s bulldozer leaving it pancake perfect! Gary’s dream of flying helicopter became his reality for over 35 years, many of those years Gary was Chief Pilot.
Gary’s love of flying took from Heli-logging, fighting fires and Heli skiing and flew longline with precision, this man was a rockstar of the skies. His niece and nephew would see him arrive for a visit in his helicopter landing in the neighbouring hay fields, coining him “Uncle Uppity”, special moments they cherish.
There are no words that can envelop the beauty of his soaring spirit. ‘Far beyond the blue horizon, there is a “Hanger in the sky”, A home for weary pilots, where spirits never die.’
Whether it was scuba diving with sharks in Australia, or free-falling off a crow’s nest from sunken shipwrecks. Gary was an adventurous soul and yes, he enjoyed a smooth pina-colada when kicking back.
Gary loved the purr of the farm tractor, the smell of fresh-cut grass in the morning dew, and beachcombing with his dad. He spent countless hours on his dad’s old International dump truck across the slough, timeless memories were made.
Applesauce and freshly made pies; his nose would bring him home to his mom, returning to the family farm. Gary always gave his mom the biggest bouquets and hugs on the special days they shared together. These moments with him will remain precious forever.
Gary’s love of animals extended to many furry friends; Caesar will be missing his boots at the door of the hanger.
Our son, our brother, and our beautiful friend. Gary joins his loving father Norman in light and love. He is survived by his mother Eleanor, his brother Reg, his sisters Sharlene and Yvonne.
Also survived by and missed by his nieces Nicole, Rachell, Erin, and Summer, and his nephews Derrick and Grayden, great-niece Roxy and partner Andrea Belsheim. Gary will be forever missed by his friends and colleagues.
Gary lived his best life, please take a moment on a sunny day, look up at the clouds, close your eyes and remember his beautiful smile, as the sky was his true love. At this time a celebration of life will be announced at a later date being held where all family members and friends are welcome to reflect and rejoice his being.
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