Hicken, Gary Wayne ‘Whitey’

Hicken, Gary Wayne ‘Whitey’

February 16th, 2020

At University Hospital, Gary Wayne “Whitey” Hicken, of London, Ontario passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the age of 63. An avid golfer and former recreational league hockey player, Gary was known for his humour and big heart. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his loving and patient wife Jan; sons Michael and Chris; his daughter-in-law Julia; his brothers Steve (Deb) and Ken (Deb); his sisters Carol (Tom) and Cathy; his nieces and nephews; and his dog Cody. Whitey was the son of Orville and Ruby Hicken, and beloved brother-in-law to Susan (Rick), Michael (Deb) and Doug. Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where a funeral service will be conducted on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gary are asked to consider Diabetes Canada or the Huntington Society of Canada. 

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Brian CostelloI'm going to miss your great humour on our Saturday morning golf games. It is so hard to comprehend
Lori (Paterson) PodolskiSending my heartfelt condolences to Jan and the boys at this difficult time I can’t even begin to comprehend what you are going through. I worked with Gary at GM and all my best memories involve him. Back then he had Gilmore and he was into hockey, hence the dog’s name. He had such a good heart. He would always talk about his family – telling funny stories but never in a mean way – just funny. He was so generous with his knowledge. I’m so lucky to have known him. He was taken too soon. Lori (Paterson) Podolski
Big brother Steve and his wife Debbie and family If you are very fortunate, someone may enter your life that will affect you in such a positive and deeply loving way , that you will cherish and love every single moment ever spent with that person. For me it was my little brother Whitey , 🥰😢. My bro Whitey loved his beautiful wife Janey and his two sons Chris & Mikey , and there was never one single conversation that I ever had with my little brother , where he did not speak about Jan & the boys . 🥰. Before we ever had the extreme pleasure of meeting Chris’s beautiful wife Julia , Whitey would say , “ Stevey wait until you meet her , she is so beautiful inside and out , you will love her “ ❤️....and he was so right. Whitey was a caring , extremely intelligent, loving , handsome as heck, over flowing with common sense and just plain solid advice , kind of guy .🥰. Whitey worried and was very concerned about anyone dear to him, as he use to say maybe I should stop playing hockey as I’m getting up there and he didn’t want me to have a heart attack 😘, he wanted me to sell my motorcycle , and on and on . 😌 This time is so very surreal for all of us that knew and loved Whitey. 😢 The remainder of my life has been deeply affected with the recent loss of my little brother Whitey , 😢🥰🥰 Rest In Peace my Whitey boy , you have left a void that will never be filled. Oh God how we miss you 😢
Dave and Annette RobbSo sorry to hear this Jan. I always enjoyed Gary's sense of humour and contagious smile back in the old slo-pitch days. Condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.
Jan HillMy deepest condolences to you Jan and to your boys. BJ told me the sad news. My heart goes out to you my friend. Jan Hill
Danielle and Craig Enwright My heart aches for you Jan, Mike, and Chris. Our deepest condolences!
Ken and Deb HickenTo my brother “ Whitey “ you made an impression on everyone you ever met. You were such a family man and loved Jan and the boys more than anything and oh ya “Cody” too. You left us with so many great memories from when we were kids until we talked last week. I will miss the golf games and trips down south golfing at Wallys and Steve’s. We will golf again Whitey , RIP until I see you again. ❤️ Your brother
Rick and Val ChowenJan, we were so shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts are with you, Chris and Mike at this difficult time. Our deepest condolences, Rick and Val
Jessica Roberts (Hicken) I have fond memories growing up, and coming to your house in London, and memories of you and Aunt Jan, Chris and Mike. Some of my favourite times were listening to you, Uncle Steve and my Dad (Ken) talk about childhood memories and all of the funny, and sometimes crazy things you three did back in the day. The three of you would laugh and laugh (Whiskeys in hand). Grandma Ruby would laugh likely thinking to herself "How did they get away with that without me knowing?" I remember Uncle Gary as a funny, hard working, witty, smart, family man who loved sports and always, always had a dog!!! He was soft spoken and loved by all that knew him. We are all mourning a great loss at this time, but we must try to remember all of the good times we had, and remember that he did not suffer, and lived a good life! Everyone who knew Uncle Gary: family, friends, sports buddies, co-workers, and acquaintances - We are so LUCKY to have had him in our lives! "How lucky we are are to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." Winnie The Pooh. Love Jes xoxo
Jim and Darlene Roberts & familyWe are so saddened by this news, Jan. We will remember Gary as a very warm, friendly and funny guy with a terrific smile. We know you and Chris and Mike will cherish all the good times and keep those precious memories of Gary alive. We are out of the country during visitation and the funeral, but wanted you to know we'll be thinking of you. Jim and Darlene
CAM PATONDuring our challenging time together as supervisors in locomotive final assembly, I remember with a smile Gary's daily optimism and humor. Goodbye, friend.
Linda & Huck NortoBesides missing everything that others have mentioned, we will miss waving t0 him sitting on the back porch. Hug the boys extra hard,
Linda & Huck NortonBesides missing everything that others have mentioned, we will miss waving t0 him sitting on the back porch. Hug the boys extra hard,
Fran and KirkJan, Chris and Mike Words cannot express our sorrow for what has happened. Please know that we are thinking of all of you. Gary will be greatly missed. RIP
Billy IveRIP Gary a friend and supervisor at GMD just yell "Fore" when you get to the gates.
Heather Wade What a terrible loss . My condolences to you all. I worked with Gary at GM & GD - all I can say is that anyone who ever worked with Gary learned from him - particularly his adroit use of humour at even the most difficult times ; his absolute sense of decency - and came away a better human being for knowing him. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Mark GreavesIt was truly a pleasure to have gotten to know Gary. He will be missed dearly. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Paul Tite Jan, Sue and I send our utmost condolences. We fondly remember our times together after slopitch games and curling at Highland. Gary was a pleasure to be around at both work and play. He will be missed.
Marianne IrwinI was shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. I remember him fondly, especially from times spent hanging around the pool at Aunt Ruby’s house. It is comforting to read the words of love left here. Sending you all my deepest condolences and keeping you in my thoughts during this difficult time
Sandi & Darrell LairdJan, Chris & Mike - we are shocked and saddened by this terrible news. Gary was a warm and kind man who cared so deeply for you all. We are thinking of you and extend our deepest sympathy. May your wonderful memories of a lovely husband and father bring you peace in the coming weeks and months.
Don Di CarloTo Jan and Family, My sincerest sympathies. I know he loved you all very much (and Cody too!). I will miss our weekend rounds of golf with Gary. The laughs and conversations were a big part of the weekend mornings we shared along with our passion to golf. Don
Fab FontanaI have very fond memories of Gary at GMD. He truly was a pleasure to know and work with. My sincere condolences to the family.
Fred & Cindy (Affleck) ArseneauJan, Michael, Chris & families Our Deepest Condolences to you all at this very difficult time we were very saddened to hear of the loss of Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Hugs Jan.
Gail and Steve KarbownikWe are saddened to hear Gary passed away - we both knew him well from our days at GM. Gary was a great person!!! - I know he will be missed - Our sincere condolences to the family. Rest in peace Gary
Norm & Jill WalkerOur condolences to the Hicken Family, please know our prayers are with Gary's wife Jan and children Michael and Chris; his daughter-in-law Julia.
Dennis and Sandy SteadDear Jan and family, our sincerest condolences to you all. We were sad to hear of Gary’s passing. We have fond memories of him and hope your memories help ease the loss. We are in Florida and won’t be able to attend the service. You are in our prayers.
Roger BaddeleyJan, I was so shocked to hear of Gary's passing! As I am currently in Florida, I will not be able to pay my respects in person. My sincere condolences to you and the family. I have fond memories of Gary in our early years at GMD, both working and playing sports together. He was a great guy and will be missed but never forgotten.
Clive and Marilyn BowdenDear Jan, Chris and Julia, and Michael, We are so very sorry to hear about Gary. He was such a friendly, funny guy who always had time to say hello. All of the condolence messages show how much he was loved, and what an impact he had on people. He was far too young, sending you all lots of love and hugs.
Saje GreavesI never got to thank Gary for not only being a great mentor but a great friend. He was patient, supportive, warm hearted and always had a smile on his face! Its been a tough week without you Gary.. Thank you teaching me everything I needed to know at Canduct & always having my back, I wouldn't be where I am today without you. I'll miss you buddy.. Sending a lot of love to Jan, Mike, Chris and Cody.
Rick MyhrDear Steve and Family My sincerest condolences to you all. I was so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be sadly missed by all that new him. Rick Myhr
Rod & Sylvie AndersonWe're so very fortunate to have gotten to know Gary over the years we worked together. He was compassionate, patient, and generous with his time. I'll miss his Smile, wonderful wit, and his desire to always do the right thing no matter how hard it was. It seems much too soon to say, but goodbye Gary.
Cathy (Dewey) MooreMy deepest condolences to all the Hicken Family ! It's been many years but have wonderful memories of all the Hicken's on good old Rosedale St Sarnia! Hugs to you all.
Mike and Martha DickerJan, Mike, Chris and Julia Our thoughts are with you and hopefully your wonderful memories will give you some comfort during this tragic time. When I heard about Gary I started reminiscing and realized how fortunate I was to have know him for so many years. Such a kind, caring person with a wonderful sense of humor. I always knew if I needed anything I could count on Gary to be there for me. The world would be such a better place if there were more Garys in it. Family was everything to Gary. He would always share a story with a smile and that little twinkle in his eye. He was so proud of all of you. RIP my friend
Cathy JohnsonTo my dear brother Gar..❤ May you rest in peace and worry silently no more. Life has come full circle and you are now back in dad and mom's arms. Jan and Chris, Julia and Mike I'm so so sorry. There are no words to describe this great loss. My heart is with you today and always.
Robert and Joanna GooderHi Jan. Bob and Joanna Gooder here. We are thinking of you in your time of loss.
Stephanie, Keith , John Jennifer and kidsJan and family. Sending all our love from the UK..❤❤
Gary and Nancy ShorttTo the Hicken Families, When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing you have an angel to watch over you now.We extend our most sincere condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. With Love, Gary and Nancy Shortt
Sandra, Cassie and Lexi ArmstrongTo the Hicken Family, It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we have learned of Gary's passing and the loss to your family. Our many thoughts are with you and we offer our deepest sympathy to you. May your family memories together and time's passing bring you comfort and help you find peace to ease your sadness. The Armstrong Family xo
John DouglasJan and the boys. I was so saddened to read the news of Gary's passing. All of you were fixtures in Oakridge sports; I have countless memories of you and Gary at the arena, running the learn-to-skate program and helping out in many other ways. Gary always had a smile on his face and had time for all He was never too busy to have a conversation - he was genuinely interested in what everyone else was doing. May your family have strength in these difficult times. Gary's legacy will live on for countless families and their now grown "little hockey players".
Grant TyndallI have fond memories of Gary at GM & GD. My sincere condolences to the family.
Libby and Rick LennoxDear Jan, Chris, Julia and Mike! We have such fond memories of Gary and your whole family back in the days of the boys Oakridge baseball games. What a great bunch of people we became friends with. We are so saddened to hear of Gary's passing, he was taken way too young. He was such a loving man and quite funny in spirit. So so sorry for your terrible loss. Sending you all much love with our deepest condolences. You are in our prayers! The Lennox Family!
Mary Beth, Michael and Jordan HoyDear Jan, Chris & Michael: We were so saddened to hear about Gary's passing. He was always a standout with his friendship & co-hosting of so many neighbourhood social gatherings. You & Gary were among the first friends we made in Oakridge. The friendship between Chris & Jordan goes back to age three, & has never faltered. We are thinking of you, and you will be remembered in our prayers. Gary will be missed always, in so many ways. Please accept our deepest condolences. A donation has been made in Gary's memory. May he Rest in Peace.
John and Lynn MurphyDear, Jan, Chris and Michael, We just heard today that Gary passed away. We are so sorry. Thinking of you all in your time of loss. John and Lynn Murphy
Bruce Nancylou RavenWe are very sorry to hear of Gary's passing another bright light turned off much too early, could not make it to the service but want you to know your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Doris and Rob Lane, Theresa and HeatherHi Jan, Chris and Mike, We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. He was our longtime neighbor and we will miss his friendship. Take care.
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