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Lawrence Gary Anderson
January 1, 1937 ~ September 1, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Lawrence Gary Anderson, beloved husband of Patricia Jane Anderson (nee Livingstone), passed away on September 1, 2023, at the age of 86 after a brief and courageous battle with an undiagnosed lymphoma. He will be dearly missed and forever loved and admired by his wife of 57 years, Pat, his sons Erik (Bridget) of Lake Country, BC and Chris of Regina, SK and his grandchildren, Mats and Lily. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Martin Svere (Andy) Anderson and Gladys Anderson (nee O’Neil), his brother, Lloyd, and his sister, Gloria (Ross and Ralph).
Gary was born 2 minutes after midnight on January 1, 1937, in Regina, Saskatchewan. His early life in Regina was always full of action and adventure as he spent many hours with his large group of friends on the city's north side. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary and Scott Collegiate on the north side and later Campion College when his family moved to Hillsdale in the south end.
He was a great athlete, playing hockey, football and baseball in the various Regina leagues before choosing to follow in his dad’s footsteps, starting work in the automobile service industry in the late 1950s. Always great with people, Gary moved into front-line car sales in 1980 at Percival Mercury where he soon became a national award-winning salesman. Subsequent career moves to Taylor Toyota and Citi-West Nissan would see Gary continue to take good care of his loyal clientèle in Regina throughout his career.
Gary was a lover of jazz and the originator of the 'Man Cave' as you could often stroll by the family home on Goldman Crescent in Regina to visit with him outside in the company of good music and great conversation. After spending their entire lives in Regina, Gary and Pat moved to Penticton in 2002 to live the Okanagan dream. Gary loved the outdoors and, when he wasn't on the golf course, you would often see him walking about the Skaha Lake area on his daily fartlek. An average day in his retirement years was spent getting up for a leisurely breakfast with Pat before heading over to the golf course for 18 holes and then meeting Pat on Skaha Lake Beach for a swim to end the day. He was a proud member of the Penticton Golf and Country Club, and he was always happiest when his family, including Sandy and Wayne Isted, would join him on the beach.
A celebration of life will be held in Regina next summer. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the charity of your choice.