August 9, 1942– Edmonton, AB
August 12, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Surrounded by his loving family Gary passed away on August 12, 2014. He will be remembered as a kind, compassionate, family man who made the world a better place for those that had the pleasure of knowing him. Throughout his illness he was unselfish, brave and remained positive, teaching us all to live with “no regrets”.
Gary was born in Edmonton, where he grew up and went to the University of Alberta obtaining a degree in Commerce. After marrying his true love, Judy, they moved to Calgary to begin their life together. Gary started his career as a Landman in 1967, which led to an appreciation for all aspects of the oil and gas business. His knowledge, integrity and passion for people gained him respect and admiration from his colleagues. Gary always believed in every negotiation there were two winners and any deal could be finalized with a handshake. In April of 2014, he proudly received his forty-five year Canadian Association of Petroleum Landman award.
Gary is remembered by his loving wife of forty-eight years, Judy, his daughters Jill Rossi (Ken), Laura Metcalfe (Darryl) and his son Ross (Kirsteen), as well as his sisters Barb and Susan and their families. Many of Gary’s cherished memories were spent with his grandchildren Mark, Kevin, Garret, Kieran, Jennifer, Payton and Dylan. They will forever treasure his wonderful sense of humour and his unconditional support in all their endeavors.
Active living was a priority to Gary. He enjoyed his early morning runs, racquetball games and golfing at Priddis Greens. Gary was a bright light in this world and his spirit will forever be with us.
Our family will have a private celebration of life but encourage friends and colleagues to forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. We are strengthened by the many people whose lives he has touched. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/SSLPage.aspx?pid=209 or a charity of your choice. We would like to sincerely thank all the staff in Unit 47 at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their compassionate care.
In living memory of Gary Aitken, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences