It is with broken hearts we say goodbye to our beloved Gary who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Claresholm General Hospital. He is predeceased by his father, George Hofer and mother, Ann (Wollman) Pearson. Left to mourn this wonderful man are his children, Luke Hofer, Liam Hofer, Riley Hansen, and Austen Hansen and his love, Debra Dunlop. His sister, Sharon (Jerry) Waldner, niece, AnnaMarie Waldner, and nephews, Jeremy Waldner and Adam Arsene-Waldner will miss him desperately.
Gary touched all who met him with his wide smile and wonderful sense of humour. He had a great talent for storytelling that swept you away into his world. He had a gentle spirit and a compassionate heart making him a favourite among people and animals alike. His entire family truly adored him. He always had time to lend an ear and offer sound advice.
Gary was a true cowboy in every sense of the word. He was always true to himself. He knew who he was and lived that truth. He always loved ranch life and working with horses – he may have preferred them over people.
All who knew him will miss him terribly and we will always hold him close to our hearts and remembering him will always be sweet and will fill us with joy.
At Gary’s request, there will be no funeral service, although his immediate family will gather to celebrate the life of an incredible man.
And Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Gary's family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Fraser Leishman and the amazing staff at Claresholm General Hospital. Your love and compassion will not soon be forgotten.
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