In Loving Memory of
Garry Paul Leslie
1946 – 2014
Garry Ruston of Blackpool, BC, passed away suddenly on January 11, 2014. He was 67 years of age. Born in Eston, Saskatchewan on September 11, 1946, Garry leaves behind his wife, Sharon Ruston; children Kelly Ruston of Prince George, BC, Rusty Ruston of Surrey, BC, and Lynn Cross of Saskatoon, SK; stepchildren David (Donna) Gerard of Kitwanga, Darlene (Andy) Matusky of Clearwater, BC, Kenda Gerard (Dwayne Patterson) of Sudbury, ON, Jamie Randall of Langley, BC, Blaine Elesko of Edson, AB, Brandy Elesko (Paul) of Ladysmith, BC; brother Aaron Ruston (Nancy and family) of Moose Jaw, SK; and nephew Brent Tatomir (Heidi and family) of Eston, SK. Garry was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Eva Ruston; sister Evelyn Tatomir; mother-in-law Katherine (Rena) Zurba; sister-in-law Robynn Sutton; and brother-in-law Dean Hubbard. Garry also leaves behind many friends.
Garry spent 44 years as a millwright, beginning his career at Camp 2 for Clearwater Timber Products. When Camp 2 closed, he transferred to the Vavenby division, where he worked for the rest of his career. Much of Garry’s work, however, involved serving his community. He was actively involved with the Elks, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Blackpool Volunteer Fire Department and the Highway Rescue Society. In 1979, he was one of many dedicated local residents who helped to establish the Blackpool Volunteer Fire Department. Several years later, he became the fire chief of the BVFD as well as the Unit Chief of the Highway Rescue Society, positions which he held until his passing. In 1994, his selfless efforts in the community earned him recognition as Clearwater’s Citizen of the Year, and in 2004 he received the BC Fire Services Exemplary Service Award. Most recently, Garry and Sharon’s (and many others) efforts have helped to revitalize the Blackpool Community Hall through recurring social events like weekend breakfasts and live local music.
When he wasn’t working or serving community organizations, Garry loved to fish and hunt. He enjoyed walks with his ‘little buddies’ (they were a big joy in his life): Poki, Oscar and Poncho. Garry will also be remembered as a wonderful father, not only of his own children, but also the six step-children who loved him just as much. But it was Garry’s colourful vocabulary that made his family and friends love him even more! His turn of phrase made them laugh on many occasions!
There will be a gathering to remember Garry Ruston on May 31, 2014 at the Blackpool Hall in Blackpool. Contributions in Garry’s memory to the Highway Rescue, Blackpool Fire Department, or the Blackpool Hall may be sent to 1588 Old North Thompson Highway, Blackpool, BC, V0E 1N2. Details of the service as well as the webcast of the service and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.NorthThompsonFuneral.com