Dr. Garry Hurd

1936 - 2021

of Dr. Garry Keith Hurd – Knowing fully that he was entirely loved by all who knew him, Garry slipped away peacefully at the age of 84 on Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Wiarton. Left with precious memories of cherished treasured moments is Garry’s wife Catherine “Cathy” (neé Ellis), daughter Sandra Bromberg (Hardy) of St Jacobs, son Kevin of Halifax, and 5 grandchildren - Annaliese, Carola, and Breyer Bromberg, Devin and Jayden Hurd. Predeceased by his parents Alfred and Lillian Hurd and sister Jeannie. Garry was born on August 2, 1936 in Winnipeg to Alfred and Lillian (neé Johnson) Hurd. His older sister Jeannie passed away at the age of two before Garry was born. Garry had no other siblings. Moving often due to his father’s job with the Woolworth Company, Garry additionally lived in St. john NB, Sherbrooke QE, Edmonton AB. He attended one year at University of Alberta when his father was relocated to the Woolworth store in downtown Kitchener in 1956. Garry transferred to the University of Toronto – Dentistry, to be close to his parents. Longtime family friendships from their days in Sherbrooke would lead to a wonderful romance between Garry and Cathy. Garry graduated from dentistry in 1961. In March of 1962 they were engaged and married later that same year on September 1st upon Cathy’s graduation from nursing. They moved to Owen Sound where Garry practiced dentistry and Cathy worked with the VON nursing and the Owen Sound General Marine Hospital. In 1964 Garry began studying Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at U of T. He was their only student admitted into the program for his year. Cathy nursed at Women’s College Hospital and also in the Oral Surgery Dept. Clinic during that time. In 1967 he graduated from Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and they settled in Kitchener. Garry ran a longtime practice and cared for many people from 1967 until his retirement in 1997 (30 years). During his time as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, he did in upwards of 5 volunteer medical missions to Moose Factory to serve the Inuit community, and wife Cathy would join him to help the local nurses with community home visits. He also taught for a time in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the University of Toronto. Later, in his retirement until his passing, he and Cathy made their home in Wiarton enjoying the quiet solitude and beauty of nature at the family cottage. He was a longtime member of Westmount Golf and Country Club (44 years) having served as president in 1987. He was a volunteer for various things such as the Labatt Briar, the LPGA DuMaurier Classic, and the Players PGA Championship. His free time was divided between playing bridge, curling, golfing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, sailing the Great Lakes aboard “I’m a Keeper”, and the cottage in Wiarton “The Broken Oar”. He and Cathy travelled to many places around the world enjoying each other, their family, and their friends on those occasions. Garry will be affectionately remembered as a kind, sensitive, compassionate individual; giving of himself and appreciative of others. He loved his family and friends dearly. With respect to Garry’s wishes, he leaves this world just as he lived in this world … quietly, gently, humbly and without fanfare. No funeral will be held, and a private family gathering will take place at a later date. His family wish to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Dr. Grigg and the team of nurses and support staff at the Wiarton Hospital who were so kind and caring towards him in his final days. Donations to the Grand River Hospital will be gratefully accepted on Garry’s behalf to continue to help the hospitals and those in need of their services for which he worked for 30 years. Arrangements organized through the Thomas C. Whitcroft Peninsula Chapel, Wiarton (519) 534-5341. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

 

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