October 1, 1962 – August 20, 2020
Gary John Falk, beloved child of God, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020 due to an accidental drug overdose. He was 57, living in Abbotsford, BC.
Gary was born on October 1, 1962 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, to David and Irene (Knudsen) Falk. He attended Birch Hills High School, started to pursue pre-law at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of British Columbia, attended Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, and earned his Journeyman Carpenter license from Fraser Valley College.
He worked in construction for a while including a stint in Japan, until injuries and health issues made that impossible.
Gary loved animals and as a child wanted to be a veterinarian: he stayed home from school to help his dog Whispy deliver a litter of puppies, and would care for injured animals. He had a mind for geography and history, and devoured the World Book Encyclopedia. He loved travel, even if stuck on top of a moving train: “Tell mom to pick me up in Prince Albert!”
Gary had a big heart and wanted to help others. In school he often felt bullied and had a hard time fitting in. He was passionate about Bible study and wanted to be involved in Christian ministry, but often had troubled relationships with churches.
He delighted in the off beat, defied conformity, and often lacked a filter. He had a quick sense of humor and a hearty laugh. He suffered for years with drug addiction and related health issues, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, periods of homelessness, and the marginalization associated with these.
He was passionate about social justice and dreamed of being an advocate for others on the margins. The past year he found a stable community in Hearthstone Place,
Abbotsford, his health was improving, and he was optimistic.
He is survived by his parents David and Irene, his two brothers Joel and Daniel, their wives Alina and Kimberly and their children (Helena and Andrew; David and Jonathan). Due to COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
May you rest in peace, Gary. You were a beautiful soul.
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