Sluman, Garry William


Garry William Sluman

August 27, 1940 ~ January 17, 2024

We said good-bye with profound sadness, to Garry on January 17, 2024. He was predeceased by his parents Newton and Mary Sluman (nee McCann), his brothers Newtie, Garth, Bob (Zelma), Wayne and Ted. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Margo Sluman (nee Tait). He will be sadly missed by his step daughters Jennifer Keigher (Trevor Burton), Melissa Keigher (Eric McKiee), his sister Nancy Sluman, nephew Rob (Susana) and family, great niece Nicola Mitchell and her mother Jan Mitchell, sister-in-law Merna Sluman, niece Alicia (Frank) and family and dear friend Ron Hegre. Garry was born in Kearney, ON and had many fond memories of growing up in Ontario’s north country. He worked at various jobs including Purolator and A.C. Neilson Co. which took him all over Canada doing customer research. After being diagnosed with M.S. in ’84, he drove a Beck taxi in Toronto before working at Toronto City Hall on the computer help desk. In 1993 he met Margo through a mutual friend and two years later they moved in together, before being married in Ketchikan, on an Alaskan cruise in ’98. During the next 5 years Garry was thrilled to get his scuba licence (adapted), fly to Roatan, Honduras, to dive down over 90’ and come face to face with a huge but friendly grouper. They both traveled the world before buying a house in Brantford, ON to look after Margo’s folks.They were happy to put down roots and enjoyed their gardens and some wildlife close to the Grand River. He readily helped Margo with rescuing many abandoned cats over the years which brought much joy. They shared a love for all their feline friends and an unconditional love for each other. Garry was happy and proud in his role as step-father to Melissa and Jennifer and enjoyed hearing their many accomplishments and adventures and most recently their upcoming marriages! It was unfortunate that dementia robbed this kind and gentle soul of so much, for several years, but his wish to die at home and not in hospital was made possible by Dr. Butt. We love you so much Garry. You are with us everywhere. A huge thank you to Stedman Community Hospice Outreach Team and all involved in Garry’s care at home. We are so grateful for your professionalism and compassion. A special thank you to Roj, Garry’s PSW who went above and beyond for us. Donations in Garry’s name to the Stedman Community Hospice would be appreciated. 99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway, Brantford, ON, N3S 6T6 phone 519-751-7096 or any charity of your choice. Cremation has taken place and a private gathering will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 to remember Garry.


10 replies
  1. Kathy Lea
    Kathy Lea says:

    Garry was a kind an gentle soul. I am so glad he met Margo and they had those 25 years together. I think he went way too soon. Margo I am so sorry for your loss. I believe you were the reason Garry did so well for so long. Loving support from Kathy and Don Lea in Alberta.

  2. Corinna Philip
    Corinna Philip says:

    Margo, Jen (Trevor), Melissa (Eric), and to all of Garry’s other family and his friends, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to meet Garry on the two occasions I had to visit Brantford. I remember hearing a little bit about the trip you (Margo) and Garry had to Alaska, where you got married so many years ago. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to Garry’s rich and full life of adventure, and love with you Margo. You two were and will always be a blessed and beautiful couple. Hope to hear the whole story of your Alaska wedding one day, it sounds magical. Love from me, Adnan, Julie, and Jason

  3. Margo
    Margo says:

    I just read your condolences. Ruthie, Marcie, Aiden, Trevor and Jen – Thank you so much.
    It really means so much you took time to reach out here.

  4. Trevor Burton
    Trevor Burton says:

    Garry was a great guy, caring, compassionate with a wonderful smile. I feel comforted he knew my Dad. What a great surprise to learn that. I am very sorry for your loss, sending my condolences and love

  5. Jennifer Keigher
    Jennifer Keigher says:

    How can words convey a life, and a life time shared?
    as hard as it is, you have captured it beautifully Mom

    Garry was simply a wonderful man. Decent, kind, true, a gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a father figure to me, a wonderful step dad. I will miss him so terribly yet take comfort and happiness in having known and loved him.
    He was a light in this world and he will be both missed, and always remembered. Love you Garry.
    My deepest sympathies to all who had a chance to know him x


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