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Obituary - Gary Sawicki

Gary Sawicki

1967 - 2023

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Sawicki(2023)

It is with heavy hearts we remember Gary Paul Sawicki, who left us January 16th, 2023, while surrounded by the family he loved so dearly.

Born March 8th, 1967, at Saint Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Gary spent the majority of his life in Medicine Hat with stops including Kimberley, British Columbia and Brooks, Alberta. Gary was a proud oil-field employee, with jobs spanning the industry. One of these was as a drill-bit salesman, which had him driving hundreds of kilometers each day. These trips allowed for many long calls with family and friends and were usually a source of good belly laughs as he covered the western provinces.

An avid outdoorsman, Gary rarely passed up an opportunity to fish. Boat, shore, or belly-boat, Gary was a skilled angler and often filled his off days with trips to one lake or another, chasing the big catch.

A jack-of-all-trades would be an apt description as well. Gary had a green thumb, was an outstanding cook (with a stop as a chef in his younger days), had a mechanic’s acumen, and always had a home project on the go. But mostly importantly, he loved helping others with these very same jobs and passing that knowledge on.

Gary leaves behind his wife, Maxine; sons, Nathan (Kaesha) and Zachary (Madi); parents, Michael (Ed) and Gertrude Sawicki; brothers, Michael (Cynthia), David (Alissia) and Chris (Erin) as well as nieces and nephew, Ashley, Amber, Sara, Erin, and Banks. Gary was predeceased by his brother, Kevin.

The family would like to thank the many health care professionals who helped Gary through his courageous journey; Dr Mohanraj, Dr Malik, Dr Stach, and his doctors at the Tom Baker Cancer Center to name but a few. His care was something that gave us solace and we truly thank everyone involved.

Gary will be silently remembered by family and friends without the proceedings of a formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre, c/o Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation, 666 - 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, AB., T1A 4H6.


  1. Brenda & Bruce Brown:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 07:14 AM

    We wish to express our sincere sympathies and prayers to your family at this sad time. We love you all very much and wish we could be with you.

  2. Corey Friesz:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 02:33 PM

    Maxine, I am so sorry about the passing of your husband Gary. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you, your boy's, and all of your beloved husband's family. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.

  3. Susan Flanagan:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 04:55 PM

    Dear Max,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort and guide you during this very sad time.

  4. Shelley Janssens:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 05:47 PM

    Thanks for the memories Gary and for being such a great friend and sometimes my teacher. From our wine bottling antics, to your assistance in my home improvements, to being there for me during the flood, to the fantastic meals prepared with love, to the laughs and conversations we shared... I appreciate and will now treasure these wonderful memories I have of you. REST EASY MY FRIEND xoxo

  5. Vicky Collins:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 08:37 PM

    Maxine, Nathan and Zachary. I am so sorry for your loss. Gary was such a wonderful man. I know you have so many amazing memories and they will help you through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Debbie & Kelly Henderson:
    Jan 19, 2023 at 10:03 PM

    Maxine and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending lots of hugs.

  7. Bea Serfas:
    Jan 20, 2023 at 03:01 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you. I remember all the laughter and tears we shared. Hugs and love to all.

  8. Helene & Lou Savisky:
    Jan 20, 2023 at 01:07 PM

    Our condolences to Gary’s family…especially his wife Maxine & his sons Nathan & Zach & his parents Ed & Gertie Sawicki.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you & keep you.
    May you RIP, Gary.

    Sincerely your cousin,
    Lou & Helene Savisky
    Beausejour, Mb.

  9. Brenda Barton:
    Jan 21, 2023 at 12:59 AM

    Maxine,Nathan, Zachary and all of Gary’s family.
    Our condolences to you all. Gary was a good friend and we made many good memories - especially the trip to Mexico. So many good times and Gary will always be in our hearts. Sending love and hugs.

  10. Nigel & Karen Lonsdale:
    Jan 23, 2023 at 08:19 PM

    We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. I cherish our years of coaching together at Medicine Hat Soccer Association. A lot of good times and always willing to help and volunteer . Our deepest condolences to you all

  11. Wendy MARIE DENBOER:
    Jan 27, 2023 at 03:34 PM

    I am saddened to hear of Gary's passing, I will always remember our regular chats at Greyhound.
    Sincerest condolences to his friends & family, may he Rest In Peace..

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