Posted: April 3, 2019
Obituary for Gary Bogaard
July 25, 1956 – March 23, 2019
Gary Bogaard, 62, of Marysville B.C. left this world fearlessly and courageously on Saturday March 23, 2019. Gary passed away peacefully in his beloved home with his daughter Amber and caring friend, Kelly by his side.
Gary was born in Vancouver B.C. on July 25, 1956 to Peter and Thea (Van Kesteren) Bogaard. Over the years Gary proved to be a very challenging, mischievous child that his mother couldn’t help but love. Gary “Bogie” Bogaard graduated from North Delta Secondary School in 1974 alongside countless lifelong friends. During this time he dedicated himself to many activities including skiing, baseball, water-skiing, and camping. Gary met his former wife, Lori Kotush, in Kimberley B.C. in the summer of 1976. Gary and Lori married in 1980 and had 2 children together, Amber and Burke. In 1997 Gary traded in his “west coast” roots to feed his desire to live the “Rocky Mountain” lifestyle.
Gary was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, hunting, sledding and just having a good time. He was hard-working, constantly having some sort of project on the go. He enjoyed the company of his family and friends immensely and always had a beer for anyone that stopped in. Gary adored his home and you could often catch him watching football there, riding around on his John Deere, playing croquet or dancing to any one of his favorite records. Gary was a much respected Master Carpenter devoting much of his life to his profession. He set the standard high to many with his level of precision, accuracy and intelligence.
Gary is survived by his mother, Thea Bogaard, three sisters, Regina Brien, Loesje Deutch (Joe), Michelle Flemons (Wade), daughter, Amber Wetherill (Jordan), son, Burke Bogaard (Miranda), grandchildren, Kyleigh and Madison, numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, countless friends and his pride and joy, his horses, Chico and Loco.
A memorial will be held in honour of Gary this summer, July 2019 with details to follow. In the end…. it’s not the years in the life but the LIFE in the years.