Issue: Christmas 2020
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Next deadline: January 22


It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved husband and father, Gary Charles Theriault, who passed away at home on Monday December 21, 2020 at the age of 72. Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Joseph Alexander (Alec) Theriault and Ethel Elizabeth (Embree) Theriault. He was also predeceased by his brother, Karl Orman Theriault. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.Gary met his wife of 46 years, Susan at her house when a friend introduced them in 1969. They had been inseparable ever since. They married in 1974. A Gulf War veteran, Gary spent 26 years as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, working as an Aviation Technician in the Air Force, focusing on Sea Kings. He spent many months at sea while the Sea Kings were deployed. Gary was very mechanically inclined, and he was always looking for ways to complete difficult tasks more efficiently. If there wasn’t a tool to do the job, he would build one! The family would often tease him about this, but he got the last laugh when he received a commendation for building a tool to complete a task while serving in the Persian Gulf!He loved to fly and was a private pilot in his younger years. He flew family and friends all around the Maritimes and he was the pilot for two family vacations to Toronto in the early 1990’s. He loved all things aviation related and worked for several years at the Shearwater Flying Club after retiring from the forces in 1995. Gary was also an avid motorcyclist, and taught motorcycle safety for the Canada Safety Council; for 25 years. Gary continued to use his expertise in aviation by working for over 17 years at IMP Aerospace in Halifax until his retirement in 2018, His skills and knowledge took him to several places in North America to work on aircraft. He could be found puttering around his garage and making frequent trips to Princess Auto. He always had a coffee in his hand and a smile on his face. Dad’s personality was uplifting, and he taught others in his life to be joyful and thankful for what they had. He was a friend to everyone he met.He is survived by his wife Susan (Johnson) of East Uniacke, their daughter Jillian Theriault and her husband Essam Gad, also of East Uniacke, sisters -in –law , Jane ( Phillip Shunamon) and Lillian Johnson, several cousins, nieces, nephews and other extended family. Gary’s death has left a deep void in the hearts of those who loved him.The family would like to thank the Uniacke District Volunteer Fire Department, especially Ryan Penny, the EHS Paramedics and RCMP members who responded to the emergency call. Your kindness and professionalism were appreciated in our time of need.A memorial service will be held at a later date, when Covid-19 protocols allow.