In Memory of




Obituary for Gary L. Parent

Our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Gary Lawrence Parent, passed away on Friday, May 10th, with his son Jason by his side. He is survived by his loving wife Arden (nee Snyder), son Jason and his wife Gina, daughter Jennifer (Matt and his children Braydee, Tealie, and Justice), his grandchildren, Emma and her fiance Zach, Dana (Josh), and his sister, Darlene and husband Wayne and her children, Sheri, Mark and Michelle. He is also survived by a tremendous network of friends who are his dear extended family. He is predeceased by his parents, Hazel and Lawrence, and brother-in-law, Gerald Pruyn. We treasure his love and devotion to our family and cherish our traditions, including holiday meals, Tigers, Leafs, Lions, and Michigan games, vacations, and trips to Port Elgin. Though he has passed, his memory remains the cornerstone of our family, offering enduring strength, unwavering support, and lasting guidance.

Gary was an exceptional member and fierce advocate whose legacy of devout trade unionism, humble leadership, and dedication to community will inspire and support generations of workers for many years to come. His contributions to the labour movement range from his tenure as Financial Secretary-Treasurer of Unifor Local 444 from 1987 to 2009, his active role as member of the Retired Workers Council Executive since 2016, his role as President of Windsor and District Labour Council that he held for 17 years, and the various union and volunteer roles he’s championed in his decorated career.

His work has touched the lives of many. Gary’s steadfast dedication to bargaining health care and retirement improvements has and will continue to significantly support the well-being of thousands of workers.

His unwavering commitment to helping others is widely recognized in the numerous awards he’s received over the years, including an honorary diploma from St. Clair College and a Doctor of Law from the University of Windsor, Unifor’s Bud Jimmerfield Award recognizing outstanding contribution to workplace safety, the 2019 Outstanding Retired Worker of the Year Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and many more.

Visitation at Families First, 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841 on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 from 1-5 and 7-9 pm. Visiting continues on Wednesday from 10 am until time of Funeral Service at 11 am. Cremation to follow.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the United Way Unemployed Help Center or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with the family at