Gary Champ

Gary Lee Champ

September 10, 1932 - August 8, 2020
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Gary Lee Champ

Peacefully on August 08, 2020 at the age of 87 surrounded by family. Beloved husband of the late Mary Champ (2015). Loving father of Catherine Wilbur (David), Stephanie Champ, Larry Champ (Mary), Melanie Walker, and Carol Shanks. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren: Christopher (Katie), Rose (Vidoje), Matthew, Michael, Lia, Colleen, MacKenzie, Hunter and his great grandchildren Ilija, Aleksandar, Andrija and Katavias. Dad was fascinated by his grandchildren’s many travel adventures across the globe.

His internet savvy skills enabled him to keep in contact with his grandchildren. Son of the late Leila and Arthur Champ. He will be sadly missed by his three siblings: Dixie Champ, Gail Rembish (Earl), and Rick Champ (Debbie).

Our father worked as a pin boy at Crescent Lanes and forged many lifetime friendships as well as the love of the sport. Dad worked for Sterling Drugs as a Chemist then was hired by the University of Windsor as a Scientific Buyer, a Purchasing Manager, and the Director of Institutional Analysis. He often shared his skills with organizations like the Bowling Association and Windsor bingo halls to develop products which are still in use today. Dad volunteered with the Rotary Club of Windsor-1918, as their web master and photographer. It gave him a great sense of pride to ensure that Rotarians were able to access information worldwide. He was a baseball coach of South Windsor Fastball who mentored young boys into men. He was also a member of the Probus Club and an Honoured Member of the Riverside Library Book Club.

We will miss his warped sense of humour and his bantering. Special thanks to the Stroke Unit at WRH – Ouellette campus for their outstanding and compassionate care.

If you so desire, donations may be made to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cremation will take place. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date.
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Rhoda Young

Posted at 06:32pm
Dear Stephanie, Kathy & families,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad has a special place in my heart. The “baseball “ years bring back so many memories. My (husband) Terry and Gary and Gary spent many happy hours coaching and barely managing the Ticket Wicket Party team. So many fun times with Chilli suppers, cases of beers, lots of pranks and jokes. They were like a couple of recycled teenagers! Your mom Mary and I just rolled our eyes and waited for the next mishap.
With deepest sympathy,
Rhoda Young

Gary Siddall

Posted at 05:18pm
Thinking of all of you as you celebrate the life of your dear dad, Uncle Gary. May the many memories of him bring you comfort and laughter as you know he is at peace especially now that he has reunited with Aunt Mary.
Uncle Gary (the other one) and Kathy Siddall

Stephen Ratko

Posted at 10:34am
My condolences to the Champ family. I spent many a summer evening with Larry and his mom and dad travelling to baseball games throughout the county. Gary and Mary were always generous with their time and I remember his grin when Mary would get a little worked up about a bad call by the umpire or a dirty play by an opposing player. Thank you for being a big part of my growing up.

glenn willis

Posted at 07:52am
so sorry to hear of GARY'S passing and we will miss him dearly .he was great customer and always had great advice for the 40 years i have had the pleasure of knowing him and the whole family!(GLENN,ILEAN and all the staff at WILLIS SERVICE CENTRE !

Brenda Roehler

Posted at 09:43pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of your dad bowling at Crescent Lanes.
Brenda Fazio-Roehler

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