Obituary of Gary Arthur KNOTT

April 12, 1937 – July 17, 2020

 Calgary, Alberta

Gary’s family and friends celebrate his long life as well as his great love of the outdoors, a passion that he enthusiastically passed along to all of us. We have so many wonderful memories of our adventures with Gary in the Canadian Rockies—camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and skiing. Trained as a geologist, he enjoyed teaching others about rock formations and dinosaur remains in the Alberta badlands. In his professional life, he was a devoted educator and served as a Junior High School Principal with the Calgary Board of Education. He spent many happy summers at our cottage on Gabriola Island in British Columbia, where young members of our clan played for endless hours beachcombing and exploring tidepools.

Gary passed away at home after a brief battle with cancer, surrounded by his family on a beautiful blue, big sky day. As Gary liked to say, we are so fortunate! He is survived by his beloved co-pilot in life, Marlene (Ross), his sons, David (New York City) and Michael (London, England), their spouses Françoise Girard and Giovanna Sessi-Knott; as well as four fabulous grandchildren, Alex (Tiger Smith), Kai, Laura, and Anthony.

He was predeceased by his parents, Reginald and Helen Knott. At Gary’s request, there will be no memorial service and donations in his honor can  be made directly to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, 350 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON K2M 2W1,

Our family wishes to thank Dr. Olu Oyeniran for his kindness and care.

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In living memory of Gary Knott, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle NW, CALGARY, AB T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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