February 15, 1977 – October 3, 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our beloved Garry – son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.
Garry overcame much in his life. He started out with an alcoholic abusive birth mother, and at the age of 7, he was put into foster care. He was adopted by Rolf and Diane Andersson in 1986. He suffered from Fetal Alcohol Effect, which caused some brain damage. School was a struggle for him, but he graduated in 1995. Garry had a lot of struggles in his life, but he kept on plugging away, finding ways to overcome the many obstacles he faced. In spite of it all, he maintained a positive outlook, and he was a happy outgoing guy.
Garry was able to overcome the anger of his early life. He became a member of the SGI, a Nichiren Buddhist group, and was told several times by one member that he had already attained Enlightenment. He was a fine man – accepting, non-judgemental, kind, and compassionate. He broke the chain of abuse and alcoholism of his birth family. We were so proud of him.
Garry was predeceased by his father Rolf, sister Nikki, and his Grandfather and Grandmother de Bruyn. He is survived by his mother Diane Andersson, his fiancée Hannah Konkin, his brother Wayne Mercer, a niece and a nephew, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends. We will all miss him so very much.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
We would like to thank the Grand Forks Funeral Home, the Castlegar Funeral Home, Susan Barth, the RCMP from Grand Forks and Castlegar, the Genelle Hall, and the members of the Genelle Seniors for all the assistance, kindness, and compassion they have given our family.Print Obituary & Condolences