Gary was born in Goderich, Ontario, and when Gary was only 2 years old, his family began a 14 year tour around Canada, following his father’s military postings. This tour took Gary and his family to Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. At the age of 16, Gary’s father was posted in Germany, and Gary’s obsession was free to grow further. Gary’s move to Germany meant so much to him as he thoroughly enjoyed his exposure to foreign culture. At the age of 17, Gary graduated from a Canadian military school and immediately began working for the Canadian Air Force based in Baden-Soellingen. His father’s military adventures moved the family back to Calgary in 1972, and three years later his Father would happily retire. Gary's history obsession led him to follow in his family footsteps and join the Air Force, and looked forward to learning a trade that would prove valuable in the civilian world. However, due to budget cuts in the military conducted by the Trudeau government, Gary found himself struggling to find a trade available. After considering his only options which were to join the infantry or the armored corps, Gary followed his father’s advice to forgo those options as he believed it would not aid Gary in his quest to later take up an air force trade. Upon lifelong reflection, Gary wishes he took the opportunity to serve his country all those years ago.

As previously mentioned, Gary’s family has a long history of military service. His grandfather served in WW1, and his Father served in the Canadian Army as a member of the 2 Princess Patrician Canadian Light Infantry from 1950 to 1975. His father was also present at the Battle of Kapyong in Korea in 1951.

On November 11th. 2018, Gary and his wife, along with two of their closest friends attended remembrance ceremonies in Mons, Belgium, where Canadian troops ended their war 100 years earlier. In 2015, Gary attended the 100th  anniversary of the Battle of Frezenberg in Belgium, which commemorated the Patricia’s heroic stand on May 8, 1915. On March 31, 2018, he was present for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood in France – where his grandfather’s regiment, the Lord Strathcona Horse, fought their most famous action.

Another obsession for Gary began in 1968 – riding motorcycles. With approximately half a million kilometers worth of joy clocked on his motorcycle, Gary has always felt privileged to have seen most the western United States, six Canadian provinces, and two northern territories. However, the absolute highlight of his riding career was in 2011 - the nine week tour which took him to eight European countries with his trusty BMW motorcycle, lovingly named ‘The Blue Max’.

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