Gerhard “Gary” Both

It is with heartfelt sympathy that we announce the passing of our Father, Opa and Brother, Gerhard Both at the Vernon Hospice House on February 10, 2010.

“Gary” was born to William and Minna Both on May 5, 1929 in Nordenburg, Germany. On October 14, 1949, he married Lieselotte Klopp and continued to spend the next 60 years with her. In 1956, he moved his family, which included two children, Marina and Sunny, to Canada. He eventually resided in Vernon where they had two more children, Jenny and Brian.

Even though Gary worked as a Brick Layer for many years, he spent the last 15 years of his working career at the Vernon Safeway, where he retired in 1992.

Gary is predeceased by his daughter, Marina Nickoli Both and his sister, Liane.

Gary leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Lilo, his children Sunny (Arlene) Both, Jenny (Jim) McIntire, Brian Both; Son in law, Gordon Nickoli; Grandchildren, Ryan (Serena) Nickoli, Ginger Nickoli, Angie (Dan) Mendes, Brent (Jacquie) Both, Nick Both, Josh Makarenko, Natasha Makarenko; Great Grandchildren, Jessica, Amanda, Sara, Owen, Aubrey and Kalyb. He is also survived by his brothers Rudi (Hilde) Both, Luther (Darline) Both and Dieter (Traute) Ortman, all in Germany.

The Family would like to thank the caring staff at the Vernon Hospice House for their support in his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vernon Hospice House or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Funeral Service will be held at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Thursday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Richard D. Schulz officiating. A light lunch will follow. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. and is open to everyone.