Seale, Garrett ‘Gary’ Hugh

Seale, Garrett ‘Gary’ Hugh

May 22nd, 2021

It is with the deepest of sorrow we announce that Garrett (Gary) Hugh Seale, of London, Ontario passed away in Lion’s Head Ontario, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at the youthful age of 68.

Gary was born in Cape Town, South Africa on November 22, 1952, and immigrated to Canada, in 1974. He lived in Woodstock, Ontario for many years and eventually settled in London, Ontario, where he started his family and worked in the automotive and aviation industry.

Gary was loved by everyone who met him. He had an infectious smile and personality, and could always be found with a smile on his face. He had the greatest giggle that he used often, especially when he was doing something mischievous. His love of anything automotive was only surpassed by his true love - his family. Shanon, Devin, and Maeson were the foundation of who he was as a person.

Beloved husband of his loving wife, Shanon. Cherished father of Devin and Maeson. Dear son of Maureen Rooza and the late Patrick Rooza. Sadly missed by his siblings: Markham Rooza (Laura), Eustacia Young (David), Patricia Kalezic (Sasha), Graham Rooza (Anastazia); his parents-in-law: Judith Coyle (Brent), and Murray Dietz (Marion); brother-in-law, Ryan Coyle (Mona); and by his many nieces and nephews: Austen, Devon, Darren, Alexander, Jackson, Colton, Dariya, Kayden, Kalli; and great-niece, Quinn.

A private funeral service was conducted at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m.

The family welcomes friends to view the recorded service. To register to view the service, please click here:  Registration page for the recording of Gary Seale's private funeral that was conducted on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. 

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gary are asked to consider the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.


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Ray GauthierAlthough I only worked with Gary for a couple of years, I considered him a friend. He had a kind soul, a quick wit, and a great sense of humour. He loved his family with all his heart. My deepest sympathies.
Steven O'ReillyI knew and worked with Gary for more than 7 years, and he was always a charming, funny presence in the office. Never short of a comeback and always did his best to make everyone feel included. The world is a poorer place without him. My most sincere sympathies go out to his family.
Jason StreetMy sincere condolences to Gary's family. I worked with Gary and he was always happy to help, offer advice, and joke around. He will be greatly missed!
Justine & Jeff MuirWe are shocked and saddened by the passing of Gary. No matter the day or time, Gary would always find something to laugh or joke about, making him a pleasure to work with. Fridays and Hawaiian shirts may never be the same. Our hearts are with his family, close friends, and all who knew him. Sending you strength at this difficult time.
Elizabeth Jacklin To our dear friends, the Dietz family, from the family and teacher you met at Dance Extreme and then continued with, in friendship, at École Marie-Curie. Gary, your husband and father, has an amazing, loveable soul, a kind, welcoming heart. His high jinks, jokes and energy made us all smile, especially his African ‘brother’, Jules. Gary’s deep love for Maeson, Devin, and of course, his wife Shanon, is evident in all the activities, adventures and projects he undertook. We send you love and friendship as you and your families live these heart-wrenching moments. Toute notre amitié, nos coeurs sont avec vous tous. Vos amis, Jules, Joaquim, Kélyalynn, Merryck, Sareenah-Rose and Elizabeth.
Rob DietzI remember fondly, the first time Shanon brought Gary to a Dietz family gathering, she made me promise to be on my best behaviour and to be nice to Gary as he was a keeper! It became very apparent Gary made Shanon very happy and they were meant to be together. It was particularly nice to watch Gary’s easy way with the kids, he was a great father. The Dietz family gatherings won’t be the same without Gary’s calm, smiling presence, but, he will remain in our hearts.
Anne (Dietz) WesthuesKen and I send our deepest condolences to you, Shanon, Maeson and Devon. Gary was a wonderful addition to our family. We admired his commitment as a husband and a father. He seemed to be able to find fun in whatever he was doing. We will miss him at family gatherings. Anne Westhues
Jennifer AmaralI am heartbroken to hear of Gary's passing. I worked with Gary for almost 4 years. There was never a dull moment with Gary and his constant smile and jokes. He was a great mentor and a wealth of knowledge that I could always count on. I will miss inviting myself to his desk everyday to bug him with yet again another question or scenario. His great attitude and perspective on things was refreshing. He will be missed dearly by so many people. Gary I know you're up there smiling down on all of us. Rest in peace dear friend. My prayers and sincere condolences are with Gary's family.
Brent BellamyMy wife Kelly and I offer our sincerest condolences to Shanon, Devin and Maeson and send our love during this difficult time. I was fortunate to have spent as much time as I did with Gary as we often travelled together to all parts of the world. Always one to share a laugh and put a smile on your face, he will be deeply missed by all those who were lucky enough to have known him.
Jen and Kory and familyKory and I and family send our condolences to Shanon,Devin and Maeson sending Hugs at this hard time . Gary was always a very kind soul to our family and always had that beautiful smile ,He will be sadly missed .
Dejan PulferMy sincere condolences to Gary's family. I am still in shock from hearing of Gary's passing. I worked with Gary for more than 7 years and since the day one, I knew Gary would be a great co-worker and a good friend. Gary was always ready for laughter and that attitude was making people's days better. His jokes and smiles I'll never forget. Rest in peace, dear friend. Rest in piece...
Joseph BachI was deeply saddened to hear of Gary's passing. He was a co-worker that I could always count on to help when I needed it. He was never short for a good story or to find the humour in almost all situations. His laugh could be infectious and could always be heard around the office. My condolence to the family and to all who will miss him.
Devon FernsGary will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was always full of youthful energy and I was very shocked and saddened to learn of the loss of such a great person. My condolences to his entire family and others that will miss him. RIP Gary.
Genevieve MorinI extend my deepest sympathies to your family. Maeson, je pense à toi en ces temps difficiles. Aucun mot ne peut décrire à quel point je suis désolée pour ta perte.
Joan Sampson GardinerExtending my deepest condolences to Maureen Rooza, and the family of Gary Seale. May many memories be a blessing. May he rest in peace. Prayers and love.
Kendra WarrenTo Gary's family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy. I will always remember Gary with the best of memories. He was truly a pleasure to work with, always bringing a laugh and smile to those around him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace Gary - you will be missed by many.
Tara HargraveMy deepest condolences go out to your family at this sad time. Maeson, je suis tellement désolée d’apprendre du décès de ton père. Toi et ta famille sommes dans nos pensées. En lisant tous les messages ici, je peux voir que ton père a touché la vie de plein de monde. Il est évident qu’il était drôle, gentil et généreux. Saches que nous sommes tous de tout cœur avec toi et que nous sommes ici pour toi.
Kennedy GamsiHello Maeson, it's with a heavy heart that I just learned of your dad's passing. I know what you and your entire family are going through now because of your loss, take heart as my family joins your family to pray for his eternal rest. Bon courage à toi Maeson.
Erica LeeI am sending my deepest condolences to Gary's family. I have worked with Gary for 7+ years and he was one of the most positive, humorous, and reliable co-workers that I could ever wish for -- I was lucky to have known you in my life, Gary. My heart and prayers for Gary and his family.
Alicia JarvisSending my deepest and most sincere condolences to Gary‘s family. Gary was one of a kind. He had a smile that would brighten the room and a laugh that was contagious. I have so many fond memories of Gary and I will never forget him. He loved his family so so much and we always enjoyed hearing the stories and watching the videos while he admired how amazing his kids were. The shock of this is heartbreaking. Gary will be missed by all!
RITA WALSHI am sending my deepest condolences to Gary's family. I work with Pal Airlines in St John's and through our computer software (Win air) I had the pleasure of being trained and taught by Gary. He always went above and beyond to help and always showed patience and professionism to everyone. He was a name that I always reached out to when I needed help with anything. He will be well missed but I will remember our little chats and little hints and tricks he showed me in the Win air system To Gary's family hold your memories close and he will never be far. Take Care
Gavin MillerI join my colleagues in expressing my shock, and my sincerest sympathies to Gary’s friends and family - he was a prince among men and will not be forgotten. Although we never worked out of the same office, we did several ‘road-trips’ together for work, and he was a pleasure to spend time with. His impish chuckle was always near the surface and he was ready to find the fun in any situation. He spoke fondly and often of his family and I’m sure this final trip he is making will leave a big hole in many lives. Too soon Gary, but thank you for the good times and may your energy and spirit live on.
Jill & Terry DietzShannon ,Devon and Maeson, I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. Terry and I know words can’t take away the hurt you’re feeling, but we want you to know how much we care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss. Gary was a treasure, we will miss him. God Bless
Grace WangIt was a pleasure to work with Gary and I will never forget the warmth his smile brought to the office. Wishing his family courage and peace during this time of mourning.
Claude GordonOur sincere condolences to Maureen, Shannon and Families. Very sad at Gary’s passing, but enriched by having known and proud of having him as family, as he always called me “Uncle Claude”. Gary was Genuine, Sincere, Down to Earth, Unpretentious and had a Heart of Gold. What memory stays with me was in 1975, as a new arrival in Canada, Gary took off work, came all the way from Woodstock to Toronto, supplied his car and assisted me in obtaining my Drivers Licence, just one of Gary’s ways of getting me started in my new country. Always thinking with good intentions. Rest In Peace Gary.
Dana OrdasOn behalf of the staff of Gabriel-Dumont, I wish you comfort during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathies go to you and your family. Maeson, toutes nos pensées vont vers ta famille et nous vous présentons nos plus sincères condoléances. Nous sommes de tout cœur à tes côtés.
Mary RoblinOur heartfelt condolences to Aunty Maureen, Shannon and Families. We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing and know that everyone is going through a very difficult time right now. I feel as though I have lost a brother. All my childhood memories with Gary come flooding back as if it just happened yesterday. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and prayers, especially Gary. All our Love, Mary, Brian, Sydney, Morgan, Courtney and Uncle Fred.
Kimberly SimpsonMy deepest condolences to Gary's family. Like many others, I will always remember Gary for his infectious humour and willingness to help others. While working with Gary I learned so much. He was always there to answer a question, share a tidbit of knowledge and help out where he could. Hold your warm memories close and know he's smiling down on all of us. Rest in peace Gary.
Glen and Carol DietzWe are so deeply saddened over the loss of Gary, and we send our deepest condolences to all of you. Gary always had an easy-going personality, and people enjoyed being around him. His jokes and infectious smile were magnetic. He was certainly a great husband and father, and he brought so much love and joy to his family and friends. We are so proud to have had him in our lives, and we will always have fond memories of him. He left an imprint on so many hearts.
Dennis and Beth RobertsOur most sincere condolences to all the family. It was with deep regret and sadness when we heard of Gary’s passing. I have known Maureen and Pat for more than 40 years and considered them the best of friends. I was involved in motor car rallying in Cape Town and met Gary when he was a teenager. Gary was very interested in rallying, but he was mostly behind the scenes working our rally cars. I considered Gary to be a perfect gentleman, smiling and courteous and loved by everyone who knew him. Beth and my hearts go out to Maureen our dear friend. There is no greater hurt than to lose a child. Dennis & Beth.
Beryl and Robert Petersen and familyOur deepest sympathies to all the family. We are so saddened by Gary’s sudden passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Don and Bridget CairnsOur heartfelt sympathy to Maureen and all the family. Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Mikey PerrottaI had the honor of working with Gary for just over 5 years. From day one I knew I was in the right place. One of the first things Gary ever taught me was that I was sitting in the desk where the previous guy fell asleep on the job constantly, and all I needed for success was to not do that. That was simply Gary. Gary's sense of humor and his laugh were infectious and made every day for everyone around him that much better. Gary was not only an amazing friend to me but also a first-class mentor. Knowing I was constantly worried about getting things right, he was a calming presence that enabled me to excel every day. In and out of the office, he always had great stories - be it about family, past work or just general anecdotes. I always looked up to Gary and still draw on the many lessons I learned from him. The one thing that stood out to me more than anything was Gary’s infinite pride, adoration and love for his family. To Shannon, Maeson and Devin, know that Gary considered you to be his greatest accomplishments and he took every opportunity to let us all know that. It will be a very long time, if ever, I meet someone along my path that shines as bright as Gary Seale did. I will always miss him but will never forget him.
Ron and Gloria OvaOur deepest condolences to the entire family on the sudden and sad passing of Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Being around him as he was growing up we always recognized his positive outlook on any circumstance and his strong willingness to help others. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.
Cyril & Virginia BeasleyOur sincere Condolences Maureen & Family on the sudden death of Gary. A vibrant, Loving and Friendly person with an infectious "smile" he will be sorely missed. Prayers & Thoughts to the entire family. Cyril & Virginia Beasley
Valerie Petersen, Anita and familyMaureen, Shannon and family you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Gary will be remembered by his great sense of humour and infectious laugh. He was a special person who will be sorely missed.
Ruth Ann and Bill MillsShannon, Devin and Maeson: We are truly sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. He will be missed at all of the family gatherings. Take care
Rita and Paul dietzRita and I offer our condolences to Shanon, Devin andMaeson. We were saddened by Gary's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Tracy Gordon LeethamMy sincere condolences to Maureen, Shannon and Family. Gary was an amazing person who was always smiling and so warm and welcoming. His personality was so upbeat and he was always ready for a good laugh. I will never forget his infectious giggle. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.
Sandra CussonMy sincere condolences to Gary's family (Shannon, Maeson and Devin). Gary was not just a co-worked, he was a friend and my mentor for over 11 years. I will miss him very much but he will always be in my heart. He is now is a long long journey and will check with him in my prayers.
Wendy RivetMy heartfelt condolences to you Shanon and your family. I didn't know your husband but reading through the messages from your friends and family, I can see that this was a man of great strength, love, and compassion. I'm sure he is looking over you and your children and sending his strength and love right now. Hold tight to the wonderful memories as you struggle through these difficult days. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Erika SkocirMy deepest condolences to Maureen Rooza, Graham, Eustacia, Markham, Patricia and families and Shanon and his Princess Maeson and his son Devin. Gary was such a kind, thoughtful, smart, hard working and loving soul who brought laughter and joy to everyone he knew. I will always remember and miss Gary, the best person who ever lived with such a great heart and infectious smile, laugh and twinkle in his eye. Gary truly was one in a billion, a very special soul, and a light that will continue to shine in heaven forever and ever. Bless you, Gary <3.
Clyde Almeida My deepest condolences to Gary’s family and loved ones. As his neighbor for a number of years I was shocked to hear of his passing and will miss our chats. Gary was always willing to lend a helping hand and was a pleasure to have as a neighbor. He’ll always be remembered fondly by the kids and I. Regards Clyde
Todd Raycraft I will always remember Gary's smile and positive attitude to everything he did. I only had the privilege to know and work with Gary for a little less than three years , he was always willing to teach and mentor me with anything I would ask of him. I hope he is in his happy place now and I sincerely hope his family will take all his positive energy and move forward in due time.
Len and Lynn Ova Our deepest and sincere condolences to the entire family. Gary was always like a brother to me. All of you and Gary will always be in our prayers and thoughts. Love to all.
Mark and Nicolette Cullen Our very deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of deep sorrow. Gary really lived life to its fullest and we pray that the treasured memories will give you comfort in your grief. Praying that you will draw strength and peace from God in this difficult time. All our love and prayers , Mark,Nicolette,Jessica and Charlotte
Erin RyanI was so saddened to hear of Gary's passing. I worked with him for a few years, and always loved his humour, quick witt and laugh. My deepest condolences to his family.
Peggy KempI was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Gary. My sympathies to the Seale family during this time of deep sorrow. I dealt with Gary for many years through his job, as one of the many Winair clients that he taught and worked with. I was shocked to hear of passing. Gary always had a positive attitude, and worked hard to find an answer for any of our program issues. May God bless and comfort you all during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Kara BriggsMy sincere condolences to Gary's family and those who had the pleasure of knowing him. Gary was a shining light in the office-always full of smiles, jokes, and stories. I will always appreciate his positivity and willingness to go above and beyond to help me and all those around him. It was obvious that his true passion was his family, and I enjoyed hearing his many stories about Maeson's riding, Devin's culinary talents, and the laughs he shared with Shannon. He will be missed by many. Sending my thoughts and prayers of comfort during this time of grief.
Claudia HermansSo very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Although we have not seen him for years I remember him with fondness. My best to Maureen and family and Gary's wife and children. From all of us, Gerry, Claudia, Kimberley and Gregory.
Roger FerrisSincerest condolences to Gary's family and to all who knew him. Gary was as fine a gentleman as I ever had the pleasure to know and work with. May he be remembered always.
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