Major (Ret’d) Gary Edward Bart CD

Gary died, truly loved and at peace, at Jessica’s House in Exeter on October 2, 2021, after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of Eileen Bart (nee Sillifant), loving father of Troy (Mary) Bart and Kelly (Robert) Tajti. Grandfather of Alexander Bart. Predeceased by his parents, Lester and Frances Bart (nee Carpenter), his sister Barbara Dietrich (nee Bart) and his brother Ronald Bart. 

Gary was born in Goderich, Ontario and raised in Stratford, Ontario. While still in high school he was a member of the Perth Regiment. On graduation Gary was accepted into the Officer Candidate Program for the Canadian Armed Forces and in 1961 he was posted to the 1 Field Ambulance, RCAMC at Fort Anne, West Germany. While in Germany, Gary transferred to the Armour Corps. Throughout his career he served with the Fort Garry Horse, the 8th Canadian Hussars and the Royal Canadian Dragoon Regiments, with postings in Canada, Germany, United Nations Duty in Cyprus, the Long Armour Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky and the High Technology Test Bed at Fort Lewis, Washington. Gary was a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and wore the CD medal, Service Medal for NATO, UN Forces in Cyprus medal, and the Canadian Forces Peacekeeping medal. 

On retirement in 1988 Gary and Eileen built with their own hands, a beautiful Chalet home on 25 acres about 20 minutes north of Wiarton, on the Bruce Peninsula. There they spent the next 27 years enjoying the slower pace of life and tranquility of the Bruce. The Barts travelled whenever time allowed, seeing the world and enjoying multiple cruises. Gary found his second career constructing homes, cottages, garages and whatever needed tending to. He cut all his own wood for the winter, got in his “tractoring time”, sailed his small boat, drove his dune buggy and watched his Blue Jays games on television. He spent many long hours in his amazing basement workshop, which the neighbours joking referred to as the “Annex to Canadian Tire”. 

Gary and Eileen returned to Stratford in 2015 when life became more difficult to handle on the Bruce. After returning to his childhood hometown Gary was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is 2016. 

Gary was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 202, Lions Head for the past 26 years and a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Stratford. 

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Prout, Dr. Ali Kara, Dr. Marco Mura, Dr. Yuen-Ming Lam, and Maria Willms. Thank you to the IPF Support Group, London Chapter for their continual encouragement to Gary and Eileen. The family is grateful to the PSWs for night care and nurse Dorie of Care Partners for their loving home care. Heartfelt thanks goes to the medical staff and volunteers at Jessica’s House in Exeter who cared for Gary with compassion and dedication during his final days. 

Visitation will be at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Monday, October 25, from 5-8 p.m. Those who wish to attend, please call or email the funeral home. A private celebration of Gary’s life will follow. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, Jessica’s House, Exeter, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Stratford or the charity of your choice through the funeral home. 519.271.7411

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