On Thursday, December 10, 2015, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Juergen “Gary” Grieser passed away peacefully at home following a long, but courageous battle with cancer.
Gary will be dearly missed by his wife of 45 years, Ellie Grieser; daughters Rhonda (Matthew) Down and Tammy Holt (Norm Lefebvre); 5 grandchildren: Tyler and Trystn Down, Akaysha Grieser, Jayden Holt and Tiana Lefebvre, and brothers Dieter (Uli) Grieser and Klaus (Marilyn) Grieser as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Georg and Louise Grieser.
Gary was born in Ohringen, Germany and immigrated to Trail, BC with his parents and brothers when he was 7 years old. In 1964 he graduated from high school in Trail and returned to Germany where he completed a Machinist apprenticeship. He returned to Canada in September 1969 and began working for Cominco Trail as a Machinist. A short time later he met and married his best friend and soulmate, Ellie Coates.
In 1971 the Griesers settled in Elkford where Gary began working for Fording River, a brand new mine in a brand new town. After 35 years, Gary settled happily into retirement in 2006. He enjoyed many years of volunteer work, from building, to maintaining and managing the local ski hill. Always an active man, Gary loved traveling and doing all things outdoors with family and friends. He was also a dedicated member of the Elkford Lions Club. Gary was lovingly devoted to his wife, his daughters and their families; they were the center of his world. His legacy of love will continue to live on within their hearts forever.
Upon Gary’s request there will be no funeral service. A private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association or to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.