Locke, Leonard “Garry”

December 31, 1965 – November 16, 2012
at the age of 46 years

Celebration of  Life:  Friday, Nov. 30, 2012    11:00 am First United Church

Garry Locke passed away peacefully on November 16, 2012 at the age of 46. He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Bernice; sisters, Karen (Dave), Lenore (Barry), Lisa (Tim) and by his beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Leonard.  Garry will be sadly missed by his long-time caregiver and close friend of 19 years, Peter Kuzek and family Marley and Haley; room-mate Kevin Wright; Tracey; Sue, Kendra and buddy Jasper. His Shuswap Association Community Living family will forever remember his friendship and humour. His long time dedication as a volunteer at Shuswap Family Daycare (17 yrs); the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (11 yrs); and Churches Thrift Store (14 yrs)  has earned him a community-wide reputation. Garry has friends extending throughout Salmon Arm and beyond who will remember him for his big heart, hearty laugh and practical jokes. Garry has been an inspiration to many through his community work, and his strong love and loyalty to family and friends. Despite the many health issues he endured throughout his life, he is a shining example of how to make the most of each day – with humour, love and compassion for others. Garry has indeed made the world a better place. A special thanks to the staff at Bastion and SLGH for their care and kindness. Please join us in a Celebration of Life on Friday, Nov. 30th at 11 am at First United Church, 20 – 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm.  Reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shuswap Community Foundation, Attn: Garry Locke Memorial Fund.  Box 624, Salmon Arm, V1E 4N7 .



  1. Dear family Locke,

    I´m very sorry to find you on this shocking news for us here in Germany. I can remember Garry as we played in Summer 92 on your ranch in Salmon Arm. He was one most impressing guys that I ever met in my life. He was everytime a happy and patient guy for a non english speaking child like me! I am so sorry you have to live through this loss and my thoughts are with you.
    Rest in Peace Garry

    Sincerely Dennis Klaukien ( Wolfsburg, Germany)

  2. Dear family of Gary,
    I am sorry for the loss of your loved one.
    The Bible holds out a wonderful hope for our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death.
    Please read John 5:28,29 in your Bible.
    Another wonderful future promise is found at Revelation 21:3,4 where it states that , pain and death will be no more. The former things will have passed away.
    When people are resurrected, it will be without the physical defects that mar the lives of so many of us today. Then, you will
    be able to welcome back your loved ones to the paradise earth, with a body free of physical defects that mar the happiness of people today.
    I hope as you read these texts in your Bible , they will be of comfort to you.
    Sincerely Dianne Mullins

  3. I first met Garry when he was admitted to Shuswap Lake Hospital and again in Bastion Place, and it didn’t take long to grow attatched. Garry always had a smile and a kind word for all. Rest in peace Garry, you will be missed by all.


  4. I was very sorry to read Garry’s obituary. I first met Garry while I was volunteering in the Foot Care Department at Fletcher Park Resource Centre. He generally came in with Kevin Wright. Garry had a rather tough “row to hoe” in life BUT he always seemed happy, loved to joke with you, appeared to get along with everyone. Just a nice/good person to know. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  5. Dear Bernice, karen, Lenore and Lisa,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Garry. It has been many years since I have seen him but his voice rings true to me when I think of him back in Cloverdale. He was always one for a smile and a joke and what I remember most about him was his love of his family and his belief in right and wrong. He was a very pure soul and the world is poorer for his passing. I am so sorry you have to live through this loss and my thoughts are with you.
    So sincerely and sadly,
    Shelly O’Connor

  6. Gary earned a place in our hearts with his genuine love and joy of life. His easy smile and unique laughter filled us with happiness. He often told us how much we meant to him and we shared that sentiment back. It is often said that family reaches beyond blood relatives; Gary indeed is one of those special people who entered our hearts and left eternal remembrances that we will forever cherish. To young to be gone.

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