|Photo: Lisa Scott|
A perpetual student, Gary had an insatiable thirst for knowledge. A visit to the property always resulted in pockets full of unknowns for future identification. Gary readily invited researchers and surveyors onto the property to learn more about the natural wonders, and he eagerly tagged along. Gary was never idle on his regular visits to Keremeos – he fenced cottonwoods to protect from beavers, installed
owl boxes, piled prunings for wildlife shelter, pulled invasive plants and attended field days. His positive demeanor, enthusiasm and keen interest in the land left an indelible mark on many people.
Gary will be missed by Pat, sons Dave, Mike and Aaron, several grandchildren and many researchers and conservationists in the Okanagan-Similkameen.