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Gary Vandinther
Thursday, July 5, 2018
at age

Friday 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00p.m.


Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Church
Saturday 10:00a.m.


A reception will be held at 52 Oren Blvd. Barrie on Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm


After a brief but courageous fight with Stage 4 metastatic melanoma, Gary Vandinther, 69, of Barrie, Ontario, died peacefully at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, on Thursday, July 5 at approximately 4:15pm. He was surrounded by his wife and four children in his final moments of life. Gary (born Caspar Wilhelmus Maria van Dinther) arrived in Canada from the Netherlands in December 1969, at the age of 20, where he first settled in Toronto's High Park neighbourhood. Ten years later, he met his future wife at a donut shop in the East end. The two fell madly in love and were married less than a year later. After working a series of different jobs, Gary landed full-time employment at the TTC, where he remained for the last 34 years of his life. He had a passion for photography, a talent for building things with his hands, and was a self-proclaimed tech geek who was well-read and savvy on the topic. And above all, he always enjoyed a good laugh. Gary was an incredibly smart, loving, romantic, and funny father with a keen curiosity for life who always put his family first and did everything he could to ensure their health, happiness and prosperity. He is survived by his wife Marilu of 38 years, as well as his daughters Jackie and Nicole, and sons Erik and Michael. The Vandinthers would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the entire medical staff at Princess Margaret Hospital, with a special thanks to the teams on Floors 16 and 17 for their loving care and support during Gary's treatment. The family would also like to thank Jennett Funeral and Cremation Centre for their accommodation and understanding during this challenging time. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 13 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at Jennett Funeral and Cremation Centre in Barrie. Parish Prayers will happen at the funeral home at 8:45pm. A funeral service for Gary will be held Saturday, July 14 at 10am at St. Mary''s Parish in Barrie. Gary will be laid to rest during a private burial at St. Mary''s Cemetery. An open reception will follow at Janet, Bob and Joanna Keats of 52 Oren Blvd, Barrie, ON. Light snacks and refreshments (non-alcoholic) will be provided after the mass from 11am until 2pm.. In lieu of flowers, the family is kindly requesting that donations in Gary''s memory be made to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, specifying fund allocation to either the Melanoma Research Fund or the Melanoma Immunotherapy Research Fund or the Palliative Care Program Fund.


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    The family has requested that donations be made to one of the following charities. Please click on the charity you prefer to make a donation to:
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation


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Those we love don't go away They walk beside us every day Unseen, unheard but always near Still loved, still missed , and still very dear With love Bert and Helen
By Bert and Heken

Both Alan and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you all as you move thru the coming days and months ahead. While we never got to meet Gary, we learned a lot about him in our conversations with Mike. He sounded like he was a wonderful, kind, devoted husband and father with a love for life. May you all find comfort in your treasured memories of him. Thinking of your family at this sad time. With love, Alan and Donna. (Robert’s parents).
By Alan & Donna Wearing

I was greatly saddened to hear of Gary Vandinther's passing. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.
By Zoltan Egri


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