B.A., B.Th., D.D.
March 16, 1942 – Brantford, ON
October 18, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Gary, beloved husband of Marie of Calgary, passed away on October 18, 2013 at the age of 71 years.
Born in Brantford, ON, March 16, 1942, Gary graduated in Theology from Huron College in London, ON, in 1967. As a Priest-pilot, based out of Kenora and Big Trout Lake ON, he ministered to twenty five remote native villages in northern Ontario and Manitoba; as Priest, he served in Norway House and Churchill, MB; and as the Bishop of Athabasca, based in Peace River, he oversaw twenty parishes in northern Alberta. Gary rounded out his 35 years of ministry as rector of St Peter’s Anglican Church in Calgary, AB. After his retirement in 2002, he continued to lead conferences and retreats as well as taking on the role of National Director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. For the past 11 years he has been attending St Martin’s Anglican Church in Calgary, as well as helping out wherever needed. During his eight months in Southwood Hospice, Gary completed two writing projects and saw them both published. ‘On a Wing and a Prayer’ is a book of motorcycle meditations, stemming from his great love of motorcycle touring. ‘Meditations From a Hospice Bed’ follows his own journey from brain surgery to disability in hospice care. Both draw on his 35 years of experience in ministry. Gary will be missed by his family and many friends at St Martin’s and St Peter’s Anglican Churches, in the Chinook Wings Motorcycle Club, and by many others whose lives he has touched.
Gary is survived by his wife and soul mate of 46 years, Marie (nee Tooker); children Todd (Terri) of Fairview, TN, Kathleen of Norway House, MB, Drew (Heather) of Calgary, AB, Tina of Kamloops, BC; grandchildren Shane, Leo, Chad, Peter, and Jordan Woolsey, Alyssa Craddock; great grandchildren Derrell, Skyla and Nyla; sister Diane Bray (Ron) of Brantford, ON; sisters-in-law Jane McCurdy of Dundas, ON, Rose Roach (Daryl) of Burlington, ON, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and again in the evening from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 – 75th Avenue S.W.) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Our thanks to the staff in the Neurology Units at the Foothills hospital, the Palliative Care Team at the Foothills and the entire staff at the Southwood Hospice, who made Gary’s stay comfortable and even enjoyable. We will be forever grateful.
In living memory of Rt. Rev. Gary Woolsey, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences