GARRY VERNON STESKI
June 9, 1954 - December 15, 2022
The Man. The Myth. The Legend.
Garry was born on June 9th, 1954- half an hour after his older twin brother, Glenn, entered the world. Welcoming them were his mother Grace, father Frank and older brother Norman. Garry met his wife Judy in 1977 and they were married shortly after in 1979, starting their 45 years of life together.
Judy and Garry welcomed their kids, Jared in 1982 and Cailin in 1985; he was the best dad either of them could have asked for. He gained a daughter-in-law when Jared married Megan in 2014 and prior to that, a son-in-law when Cailin married Steph in 2012 who gave Garry his little angels. His first granddaughter, Amelie, was born in 2013, and then Talia in 2018. His granddaughters were the light of his life and while we grieve our loss, we will forever be thankful for his love.
Garry met Judy during a ski trip and after they were married, they had planned to spend their honeymoon skiing as well. Unfortunately, they had a difficult start when Garry broke his leg skiing. Poor Garry had to make it up to Judy for their entire life together and would often say “whatever the Judster wants”. Judy and Garry had a very loving marriage and enjoyed many vacations together with their most favorite being Maui and Hilton Head, South Carolina. They just arrived home from a wonderful month-long vacation in Naples Florida prior to Garry falling ill.
Garry grew up in Cresecentwood where he made lifelong friendships with his River Heights crew. He enjoyed the annual “Hogfest” and golfing almost every Monday at Falcon Lake in the summer. Garry’s other set of friends were “the kids” who Jared grew up with. There are many stories that will remain untold but will be fondly remembered by those who enjoyed late nights with Garry whether it was at the lake, the Steski household, or during one of the wild weekends golfing or seeing an NFL game.
Last but not least, Garry had Tommy (Mary) who had a standing date at Earl’s for many years.
In 1996-Garry became a Chartered Financial Analyst and was able to enjoy a number of years grading CFA exams in Charlottesville Virginia, where he made many dear friends with whom he remained in touch.
In his final year of grading, Garry was presented the Tuttle Award for excellence in CFA examination grading. His career started at the Legislature in Treasury and then he took the family to Regina for five years to work at Farm Credit Corporation. We have many great memories of our time in Saskatchewan, but Judy was happy when Garry was offered a position at the City of Winnipeg and brought the family home. He retired briefly but that didn’t last long and he took on a role at the Province where he officially retired as Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance/Treasury Division in January 2020. Garry loved his work, but more importantly the friendships he made with his colleagues. He enjoyed many dinners, hockey games and football games with his buddies. Garry was privileged to travel across Canada and the US and also see London, Germany, Paris, China and Ireland. He also was able to golf twice at Pebble Beach among other prestigious courses most people only dream of playing.
Garry lived his life to the fullest. We are saddened at how quickly Garry left us, but we also find some comfort knowing he had no regrets. He was larger than life-Always had a smile on his face and a naturally positive attitude. His favorite place to be was at the camp on McConnell Lake where he was able to enjoy many pontoon rides, late night drinks, doing puzzles and being with his family.
We know Garry is enjoying drinks with his father Frank, father and mother in law Glen and Dom, and sister in law Sandy, as well as friends who were taken far too soon.
The family wishes to extend gratitude for the outpouring support we have experienced from all of those who loved Garry. While we are devastated by our loss, we also feel very lucky to have been loved by Garry so much.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations given to Siloam Mission or the Winnipeg Humane Society in Garry’s name.
A celebration of life will be held on Friday, January 20th, 2023 at 3pm for anyone to attend at Greendell Community Club located at 75 Woodlawn Avenue.
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