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Gary McKague

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GARY MILTON MCKAGUE

November 24, 1945 – June 4, 2024

It is with great sadness, we announce Gary passed on peacefully during the night of June 4, 2024, in the palliative care unit at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 78.


He is survived by his children, Alana and Brian (Jackie), his three grandchildren, Zach, James and Kloe, his sister Judy (Ernie) and his brother Don (Irene) as well as his many nieces and nephews.


Gary was a multitalented person who lived life to the fullest. Beyond his family, his passions were rooted in the outdoors where he loved to garden and observing the wonders of Mother Nature. He is a celebrated artist, and his artwork has been seen on display in many settings throughout Winnipeg. Gary’s passion for family was evident in the time he spent helping his extended family members complete projects on their homes, which he was exceptionally gifted at. He had many talents which were demonstrated through his home and work life. Gary began his first career with Manitoba Hydro which led him to Calgary Alberta for a few years until he returned to Manitoba to begin a career as an entrepreneur. He eventually found his way into the furniture business and operated a small furniture store, Homewood Furniture on Main Street in Winnipeg. Gary eventually left the furniture business, and he had a brief career in the courier industry. Gary always had a flair for art and photography, which led him into becoming a full-time artist. He spent the remainder of his years creating and selling his artwork throughout most of Canada in many galleries and art shows. Gary also opened an art gallery in the Johnson Terminal at the forks where he sold his and other local artists work for a few years. 


Gary eventually retired in Winnipeg Beach where he focused his time on his grandchildren, Zach and James as well as his beloved vegetable garden, which always produced a bounty of fresh vegetables. In his later years, Gary moved to Winnipeg due to his health needs, however, that did not slow him down as he loved to carom around Winnipeg on his mobility scooter. He eventually adopted a one-eyed rescue cat, he affectionately named Bandit. Bandit was invaluable in keeping Gary entertained during the winter months and they developed a very deep bond. One of his final wishes was Bandit be cared for as well as he 'cared for him. Bandit was relocated to the home of his niece and is doing well.


In Accordance with their wishes, cremation has taken place, and no formal service will be held.

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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Karen and Murray Hainstock

June 23, 2024 at 3:43 PM

Our deepest sympathies to family and friends on Gary's passing. I have fond memories of the McKague family as they were neighbours in Inwood.

Janice Morin Fred West

June 15, 2024 at 7:57 PM

Condolences to family and friends, i remember Gary from our hometown of Inwood, Mb where his family had a store and garage. He also gifted us with some of his artwork a couple of years ago. It is beautifu. Janice Morin and Fred West

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