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Gary Larsen

July 22, 1938 ~ January 6, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Gary Larsen Obituary

Gary George Larsen 

July 22, 1938 to January 6, 2024

Gary Larsen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, has left heavy hearts, but also cherished memories of a life well-lived.  Gary was predeceased by his parents, George and Edna Larsen, his wife Rose Larsen (nee Drapeau) and his oldest son Michael Larsen (Lisa)

Chum, as he was known to his family, leaves behind his wife Elizabeth (nee Emans), his sister Sandra Reid, his children Denis, Danny (Lucy) and Sonya and step children Maurice, Conrad and Cindy (Ken), his grandchildren and great grandchildren Greggory (Kelly), Tiffany (Cory), Brock (Ally), Gary (Kyllie) Jessica (Keith), Coby, Trinity, Chase, Michael, Spencer, Nyomi, Navie, Dashiell, Corrina, Madyson, Brook, River and Navy.  He also leaves behind many sister in laws, brother in laws, nieces and nephews.

Gary was a life long resident of Iroquois.  He joined the Navy as a young lad and upon leaving the Navy worked at Abitibi as a papermaker until he retired.  He loved spending his time at his camp on Abitibi hunting and fishing, or in his backyard by the pool.  Gary was an amazing cook, he shared this passion with his late wife, Rose.  He was a member of the Lions Club and had fond memories of being a Lions member.  After retiring he spent his winters in Arizona where he and Elizabeth met great friends and had many adventures, until health issues kept him from travelling. 

Chum cherished his times at Rice Lake with his family and friends.  Sitting around the bonfire, sharing stories and many laughs.  Horseshoes and Flintstone golf were among some of the activities he enjoyed at the camp ground.  Family time meant the world to him, he was a devoted father always willing to listen and offer a shoulder to lean on.

In 2022 he contracted COVID and developed double pneumonia, but fought hard as his time with his family, he felt, wasn’t over yet.  His health declined over the past couple of years, the strong rock of the family lost his fight and joined his late loved ones leaving behind a legacy of love for his family, strength and wisdom.

There will be no service, as per Gary’s wishes, and will be interred in the spring at the Abitibi Cemetery.

Rest in peace Chum, your spirit will forever guide us and your memory will be cherished eternally.



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