Gary Yusishen

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gary Yusishen on Monday, April 26, 2010. Gary struggled for several years while suffering from a rare, neurodegenerative illness called Picks Disease. Gary was comforted by the love of his family in his final days, and he passed away in his daughter’s arms with his sister by his side.

Gary was born in Beausejour, Manitoba on April 6, 1953. He was raised in Grande Marais (Grand Beach), Manitoba, which is also where he received his education. He was much loved by his wonderful mother, father and two sisters, Joyce and Merle, and all of his extended family as well.

Gary worked hard, enjoyed life, and he had a great sense of humor. He was fun-loving, kind spirited, genuine, honest, and a pleasure to be around. Gary loved to play games of all sorts – card games, horse shoes, lawn darts, and he enjoyed the company of his family while always having a great time.

Gary decided he wanted to become a Heavy Duty Mechanic. He completed his apprenticeship and then moved to Quesnel, British Columbia, where he met his wife and he had four children. His children, Darrin, Crystal, Lisa and Mark, and his 5 grandchildren (Emily, Alexis, Isabella, Seamus, and Baby Yusishen on the way) were the most important part of his life, and there couldn’t be a father or grandfather who loved and adored his family anymore than Gary did.

Gary worked hard to build his own successful business; he owned and operated the business he was so proud of, “Precision Diesel Rebuilders” for over 25 years. He made many friends, he was passionate about his work, and he was considered the best of the best.

People sensed right away that he was a true, genuine, caring person, with a witty sense of humor. He used to say he showed his feelings too much, but the family that knew him loved the fact that they always knew how he felt about them just by looking in his eyes.

A Celebration of Gary’s life was held on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at The Wayside Chapel in Grand Marais, Manitoba.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s memory may be made to The Canadian Chapter of the Niemann-Picks Disease Foundation , or to a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to encourage everyone to take time to review Picks Disease to further increase community awareness regarding this debilitating and rare disease. Send expressions of sympathy at

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