Peacefully and surrounded by family, Garth courageously gave up his battle with cancer on Friday, October 21 at the age of 63.
He will be deeply missed and forever remembered by his beloved wife Karen–semicolon– son, Kristopher (Jolene) and cherished granddaughters, Alexa, Kyla and Emma. More than anything in this world, Garth loved his family.
Born and raised in Munster, Ontario, Garth married Karen in 1977 and soon headed west, settling in St. Albert in 1979. Garth was a friend to all who came in contact with him. His contagious smile and infectious laugh were his trademark. He was prominent in the St. Albert business community as the owner of Tubman’s Drycleaning at Grandin Mall for many years. Subsequently, he was proud to work as a custodian with St. Albert Public Schools, making an impact on staff and students throughout the district. But without a doubt, Garth’s most satisfying career was his past ten years with GEF Seniors’ Housing, Assistant Manager of Kiwanis Place in Edmonton. The staff and the residents were his family and no one loved his job more than this man did. Going to work gave him immense pleasure and he continued as long as possible during his difficult final months.
Garth was community minded and over the years touched many lives through his involvement in Scouting, softball, hockey, Breakfast Lions Club and Special Olympics Floor Hockey.
His memory will live on in his sisters–semicolon– Sharon, Marguerite, Glenda (Don), Nancy–semicolon– sister in law, Diane (Dave)–semicolon– brother in law, Kevin (Kathleen), very special nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
Garth was predeceased by his parents William and Isabel Tubman–semicolon– sister, Donna and his parents in law, Harold and Catherine Barr.
Garth’s final weeks were spent in the Sturgeon Community Hospital where his room was filled with friends, love and laughter.
The family would like to thank the caring and compassionate staff, particularly those in Unit 17.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to GEF Seniors’ Housing in Garth’s memory (gef.org and click on “Donate Online” at top of page).
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 125 Larose Drive in St. Albert. Garth’s life will be further celebrated at a reception held later that afternoon in the cafeteria at Paul Kane High School, 12 Cunningham Road from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
In Garth’s own words, “The value of a man’s life is measured by the quality of the egg sandwiches served at his funeral.” We promise that the egg sandwiches will absolutely be a fitting tribute to this wonderful man!