Gary D. Dr., D.D.S., F.I.C.D
Oct. 25, 1941 – Jan. 29, 2017
The Cumberland family is very saddened to announce that Gary passed away on January 29, 2017 in California. He was 75 years old.
Gary was born in Lashburn Saskatchewan on October 25, 1941. A third generation Canadian, it was important to him to serve his country and he did so by spending his summers during his time at the University of Alberta in the Cana-dian Navy Reserves. He enjoyed his summers traveling by frigate to Antigua and various other warmer climates; and this inevitably led to his love of sailing and winters in Hawaii which he greatly enjoyed later in life.
Gary graduated from the University of Alberta with a Doctor of Dental Surgery and married his beloved wife Barbara Ann in 1965. He and Barbara moved to Red Deer in 1966, and enjoyed an incredible personal and professional life in this close knit, loving community over the next 51 years. Gary spent many years as the Chief of the Dental Division of the Red Deer Regional Hospital, and was a member of the Alberta Dental Association’s Peer Review Committee, and the Screening Committee for Non-Insured Health Benefits Program. He was an active member of the Red Deer community by being both a member of the Rotary Club of Red Deer, and the Red Deer Kinsmen Club/K-40 where he met his very best friends for life. Gary was made a Fellow of the International College of Dentists in 2003. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, sons Jamie (Ed Mantler), Brad and his son Lance, and daughter Alison (Ian Sloman).
Gary loved his summers playing golf and the card game smear with all his Chancres buddies at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club. In light of this, a celebration of Gary’s life will be held at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club on May 27, 2017 from 1 – 3 pm. Due to Gary’s love of summer and appreciation of good humour, the Cumberland family requires a few months to collectively lose 282 pounds prior to seeing everyone they have known their entire lives but may not have seen for decades. Your patience and attendance is greatly appreciated.