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Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:49 am
by tigger
It is with great sorrow to inform you the passing of Garry Terpstra (GreyCupGarry), a trusted friend, and mentor who passed away today the 07th of December 2008.

Garry’s greatest joy was getting together with his CFL friends and tilting back a few brews and having lots of laughs.

Garry will be truly missed by all.

Our prayers and thoughts from the McGrath’s go out to Brad, Ally and the Terpstra Family.

If you wish to send condolences to Garry’s Family, here is Garry’s address:

PO Box 273<-----------
205 Clara St. Rockwood,

Resting at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, ''Rockwood Chapel,'' 117 Guelph Street, Rockwood, where the family will receive friends for visitation on Thursday, December 11, 2008 from 2-4 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home Chapel at 4 p.m. Cremation to follow. Donations on Garry's behalf can be made to the CFL Fans Fight Cancer, cards available at the funeral home, 519-856-1100 or send condolences at

************* Donations to CFLFFC (In Memory Of Gary Terpstra) *************

Until we open up a Bank Account, you can either give it to Randy on Thursday or sent it to me, and we will deposit it in the account.

Make cheque out to Wellwood Resource Centre/CFLFFC <--------------------NEW

Mail to:

William McGrath
13 Martimas Ave
Hamilton Ont
L8H 3N1


Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:52 am
by ticatfan
Garry, I will miss you so much my friend.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:56 am
by argofan87
This is certainly a shock. Garry was always a big part of tailgates in Toronto and was always positive even if the Argonauts were not necessarily playing well. My condolences go out to the entire family.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:10 am
by CatsEyes
I'm still stunned at how sudden this all was. It won't be the same this November. Thank you for sharing this with us Bill. Miss you already, Garry.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:10 am
by Catssuck
You will be truly missed my Great friend. I am saddened by this news and know that our entire world is a much lonelier place today.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:16 am
by Solar Max
Huge loss to so many of us.

I grieve for my friend.

Godspeed Ally.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:28 am
by gogades
I am stunned and saddened by this news.

My thoughts go out to his family.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:30 am
by Cool
Even though I only met him once, aside from seeing his insightful posts on here; I'm shocked.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:44 am
by Ravi Ramkissoonsingh
Wow! That is shocking! That is very sad to hear.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:58 am
by renagaderob
I am going to miss you. Thank-you for your gift of friendship.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:58 am
by tuck
What a loss to the CFL fan community. It's truly shocking how someone with so much life and vitality can be taken so suddenly. He was in fine form when I saw him at the Grey Cup. Celebrating the CFL, celebrating good friends, celebrating life....

Garry was always so generous and friendly. Bringing pierogies and pulled pork sandwiches to the tailgate parties; sharing them with everyone, new friends and old friends alike. He would spend hours preparing the food at home. He was one of the most hospitable persons I knew, opening his home to friends from afar, welcoming them, throwing parties in their honour.

He seemed to have cheated death once, surviving a horrific car crash that left him in considerable pain. Pain that he never complained about. He seemed determined though to live each extra day to the fullest. In doing so, he taught us to do the same. He showed respect to everyone, and chided the rest of us when we didn't.

He was the first 13thman member that Catssuck introduced me to, several years ago, and since we hit it off so well, like he did with so many. He had a way of making you feel like a great friend. And he literally had hundreds of great friends. That gift was special, that gift will be missed.

We have lost one of the CFL's biggest fans. My heart goes out to Ally and Brad (Fordman) who will miss Garry beyond belief I'm sure.

I didn't get a chance to say goodbye, and regret that. But Garry I pray you didn't suffer. Goodbye my friend.


Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:06 am
by ArgoFans
Garry... A true friend, always a smile on your face, and a true CFL fan. Garry you will be sadly missed, my condolences to Ally and Brad.
Rest in peace my friend.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:15 am
by OrangeShoes99
It is with great sadness I receive this news. I am so glad we got to share some time in Montreal this year.

Garry was always the happiest guy in the room, and his love for life and sharing it with his CFL friends was infectious. His efforts for CFL Fans Fight Cancer were tireless, and no one cooked a batch of ribs like Garry.

Garry, it was a pleasure to know you, my thoughts and prayers go out to Ally, Brad, and the rest of the Terpstra family. You will be missed.

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:13 am
by Ron
Irene and I will miss our friend Garry. Truly one of the gems in our world and his passing will leave a hole that everyone will notice. A more kind, gracious and hospitable guy you could never meet.

His greatest testament was his spirit. Living with considerable pain every day is very hard to do. (as I can attest) But Garry managed to not let it take his spirit and he defiantly had his fun anyway. His zest has been an influence of my handling of my own issues. Just because the pain is always there doesn't mean you have to give in to it. It's there anyway so might as well enjoy. Thanks for that Garry. RIP and farewell.

Heaven is a better place today. I can just envision the Pearly Gates and it's Garry's turn to enter. He'll put his left foot in .....

Re: GreyCupGarry

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:44 am
by nelson95
Riding the bus to GC this year was one of the highlights of our trip and it all had to do with Garry

This is devestating