Gary Attfield, born on September 9, 1954, was a remarkable individual who possessed a distinct charm. His brilliant deep blue eyes, cocked eyebrow, crooked smile, and tidy moustache added to his unique persona. Although Gary had a quiet and serious demeanor, those close to him were familiar with his wickedly sharp wit. Growing up in a joyful household with his parents Alec and Joan, he was the third of five children. Family gatherings were filled with love, laughter, and good times, with curling being an integral part of their lives. Little did anyone know that curling would become a lifelong passion for Gary, leading him to compete at the Ontario provincial finals with one of his teams.
As Gary transitioned into adulthood, he embarked on a career as an Ottawa firefighter. To him, it was just a job. However, it was a job that allowed him to witness countless harrowing events and save lives. His commitment and bravery led him to eventually become a Captain at Station House 22, earning him the status of one of our heroes. Throughout his life, Gary was deeply devoted to his family. He found his soulmate in Angela, and together they raised two wonderful children, Gary Jr. and Beverly. Unfortunately, Angela’s life was cut short, but Gary was grateful to witness the happiness of his children as they married and the joy of nurturing his beloved grandchildren.
Gary will always be remembered for his many interests, including his love of music, books, and classic movies. He enjoyed competing in curling, but his true happiness was found when sharing the sport with his family and friends. He had a talent for creating delicious desserts, with trifle being a particular favorite. In addition, he had a green thumb when it came to gardening. Gary’s unwavering devotion to his loved ones, including his parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren, was truly admirable. His passing leaves a void that will be deeply felt by all. Gary was preceded in death by his parents Alec Attfield and Joan Nash, his sister Mary Ann, his wife Angela Senack, and his grandson Michael Melcher. He is survived by his children Gary Jr. (Mikah MacIntosh), his daughter Beverly (Kevin Melcher) and her children Parker, Benjamin, and Cecilia, as well as his siblings Cindy (Gary Mammoletti), Sandra (Dave Chamberlain), Wayne (Nancy Hewens), and their respective families, along with numerous other loved ones.
A Committal Service to bid farewell to Gary Attfield will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Cemetery in Otter Lake, Quebec, on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11 a.m.