Gary Alcock passed away peacefully on November 22, 2018 following a long and courageous battle with a rare illness. He will be forever remembered by Mom & Dad, Bert and Bernadette Alcock, his brother Ken (Vicky), his sister Bonnie (Joe), nephews Jason and Kevin, niece Kimberly, many cousins, special cousin Lorry, many other relatives and of course his best friend Wade.
Gary was an avid outdoorsman and nature lover, fishing and hunting were some of his favourite things to do when he was not playing the drums. Gary was an explorer and treasure hunter and enjoyed investigating remote lakes and wooded areas. He loved walking the forests and fields for deer “sheds”.
Gary always had a soft spot in his heart for all living creatures and was known to care for and foster little critters like salamanders and birds. He was very fond of his dog family and was a loving doggie daddy. Anyone who knew him were made aware of his quick wit and sense of humour. He always had a comeback under any situation. One thing some people may not know is that he was a talented artist and painted some amazing scenes on snow ploughs, even on his truck.
If help was needed Gary was there. He was a loyal friend to those who knew him. The family would like to thank many of his friends who helped us with transportation to appointments, the kind visits, and the outings and lunches that helped to cheer him. Many people visited him in hospital and helped him take care of his home and property that he so loved. Thanks to all the medical team of nurses and doctors, and many friends for their support.
If desired, in memory of Gary, contributions to: A Dog’s Life or to the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated. A “Come & Go” will be held at Alcock Funeral Home in Keewatin on Friday November 30th from 2 – 4 pm.
Gary suffered many losses in the past year but none of them daunted his spirit to live on.
Gary had hopes of returning to his house in the woods after his transplant so that he could continue with his small engine repairs and maybe a doggie or two for company. He fought more valiantly than anyone we know but lost the battle, much too young. We know he is accompanied by his loyal canine Bentley on his final journey home. Gary was the kind of guy who always marched to the beat of his own drum!
“We love you Gary”
Tribute to Gary from special cousin Lorry Alcock
Thursday, November 22 I lost my drummer, my cousin, but most of all my friend, Gary Alcock.
Gary was awaiting a liver transplant, which unfortunately never came and his tired body was no longer strong enough to carry on. He fought with great courage to the end.
Gary and I played in many bands together over the past 20 or so years. From the Boogiemen, Free Hand, Special Delivery and then Fat City, Gary has been part of my musical life.
We had some incredible times with the many musicians we shared the stage with over the years and Gary loved every minute of it. Warm ups for The Stampeders, Randy Bachman, Paul Brandt and many more but most notably Blue Rodeo were highlights.
Gary most enjoyed playing for our annual Salvation Army fundraisers that involved many musical friends sitting in and jamming with us. He was there for each and every one, as he knew how important these fundraisers were to me. Over the years he helped raise around $13,000 for the local Salvation Army as part of the Miracle Marathon. Little did we know that the fundraiser last November 2017 would also be the last time we would play together and he would sit behind a set of drums to play. I will remember it always.
Gary helped bring a lot of smiles to a lot of faces at our shows, even though he himself seldom smiled, as those who knew him can attest. He especially liked to see young drummers playing and would always talk shop with them. This included my son Justin who Gary gifted his old black Pearl drums to. Justin was extremely moved by this generous gift!
Gary was always there when you needed him. He enriched my life with his friendship and his compassion for music. We had SO much fun. He gave me many musical memories and I will miss him.
Thanks Gary! It was a great ride! We had a blast! Rest easy.
Your cousin, your bass player/guitar player, but always your friend.