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Gary Tutin

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Gary Alan was born on Thursday, October 5th, 1950 in Oshawa to parents Alan and Frances (Krasinski) Tutin. He was the eldest of three boys, and later welcomed younger brothers Wayne (1952) and Darryl (1965). The Tutin family resided in Oshawa where the boys were educated and active in St. George’s Anglican Church. In time, Gary became an Altar boy as well as a Queen’s Scout. From a young age, Gary was passionate about sports, excelling at them. He enjoyed hockey, baseball and football, even sticking around an extra year in high school to continue playing. Although he loved hockey, he was passionate about baseball. He played on many Oshawa Legion Minor Baseball teams through the years, including the Junior Legionnaires. Gary was known for his cannon of an arm behind the plate and for his ability to handle the bat, winning the Leaside Junior Batting Title. Gary continued to play ball well into his 40’s and in his prime, he was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Following high school, Gary enrolled in the Business Engineering program at Durham College. It was here in a crowded cafeteria that the “hot” hockey guy caught the attention of the “cute” volleyball girl. He soon approached her and joined up with some friends on an evening out. That night, instead of being with friends in the Pub, Barbara Ruth Sproule and Gary spent their evening together, talking on the 401 overpass. Barb knew then that she was going to marry this beloved man. The young couple fulfilled their intentions and were wed on August 16th, 1975.

Upon graduation, Gary was the only one in his class to become employed in the hospital industry. The opportunity came in London, at University Hospital where he was a “Time and Motion” Specialist. Gary’s job was to pay attention to all the tasks around the hospital and look for efficiency gains. To say Gary excelled at this job would be an understatement, he had definitely found his niche. Gary was an ideas man and was always looking to save the hospital money. He was well-respected within his field by all as he would always do the job himself first, and then look for ways to complete the same task more productively. In time he created a universal equation to determine calculations pertaining to time-motion efficiencies. Over the years, Gary had several conceptions and innovations, some of which were published and reported on in the media.

In 1977, Gary and Barbara moved north to Sudbury where he took a job at the Memorial Hospital in Management Engineering. During his three years there he consolidated the services of three hospitals and helped create better community healthcare expertise. In 1980, Gary and the family relocated to Owen Sound as he had accepted a new challenge at the Owen Sound General and Marine Hospital. They were planning a new hospital and Gary played an important role in the new construction. In time he became the Director of Material Management overseeing responsibilities for several departments within the Grey-Bruce Region’s seven sites. He thrived on the challenge of taking on interdepartmental issues to create a more positive and effective work team. He enjoyed working in a team environment with Amos Atton and other department heads as they addressed the efficiency challenges presented by struggling services to thriving departments in the end. Gary developed many special friendships within the GBHS family. Roland Greene-Thompson, Maureen Solecki, Linda Mueller, Lori Girdler, and Al MacLean, to name just a few, shared many laughs and stories over the years. Gary was without a doubt a people person. Gary retired from the Health Care Industry in 2015 after 41 years of service having never taken a single sick day. To say he was dedicated would be an understatement. It was during this time that Gary joined the Masonic Lodge becoming a Freemason. In time, he became a Past Master of the Lodge and a member of the Rameses Shriners.

Gary became a proud father in 1979, with the arrival of Melissa Ruth and their family was made complete with Matthew Alan William’s birth in 1983. Gary cherished his beautiful family and would do anything to provide and support them. Not only was he a husband and a father but he truly had three best friends. As the kids grew, Gary encouraged them at every opportunity to excel and he participated whenever he could in their endeavours. When they became involved with sports, Gary was the first to offer his assistance coaching. It didn’t matter if it was Matthew’s involvement in baseball or hockey or Melissa’s success in a new sport for him, Lacrosse, he was always there. He was their number one fan!! When Matt grew, he and Gary took up umpiring baseball together. The duo worked countless games and tournaments together over the next seven years and Matt loved the additional opportunity to learn and spend time with his Dad. When not playing, coaching, or officiating sports, Gary was watching them. It didn’t matter if it was baseball, hockey, football, NASCAR or even WWE, if sports were televised Gary was watching them. Gary would enthusiastically discuss stats, players, team dynamics and all around sports knowledge with Melissa, Matthew and his brother Darryl. Hockey Night in Canada was a staple in the Tutin household. From a young age Gary loved watching Eddie Shack and Bobby Orr. Over the years there were countless trips to Toronto to take in games. In the 80’s Gary and the kids took a liking to the New Jersey Devils and the future Hall of Famer, Martin Brodeur. Gary and Matthew began collecting memorabilia and Brodeur hockey cards, amassing a collection of 4,500. He and his friend Malcom Long, travelled twice yearly to Toronto to attend the Sports Memorabilia Show whereby he consistently added to his card collection. He and Matt also enjoyed several road trips to Newark to watch their beloved Devils on home ice.

Sports provided many positive and timeless experiences for the Tutin family. Melissa recalled her Dad always cheering her on at her Lacrosse games and the memorable opportunities they had to attending Blue Jay games together. In Matt’s case he recalled when he was playing goal for Chatsworth. The game had just tied with Orono in a hard fought playoff game. Matt was down as the team failed to capture the win, however, Gary re-affirmed to Matt that he played a great game, gave him a big hug and told him how proud he was of his son. When the kids got older and both entered their respective Police Forces, Gary couldn’t have been prouder of their accomplishments. In 2016, Melissa became a Golden Helmet Precision Motorcycle Team Member for the OPP and Gary proudly wore his prized Team Member hat everywhere he went. Other unforgettable family events included bonfires, movie nights with pizza, shopping and “The Claw” to name a few.

Although travel was not a big part of Gary’s life, the family travelled to Cuba in 2011 for Matt and Tabitha’s wedding. Gary was Matt’s best man, something both men were extremely proud of. One of the most impressive moments of this trip was during the reception, when Gary and Barbara took to the dance floor to Kenny Loggins’ Footloose. This was THEIR song and they knew ALL the moves! Their performance cleared the dance floor and there were calls for an encore. Their visit to Cuba encouraged more trips to this beautiful island with their grandkids where they enjoyed the area around Holguin. When it came to music, KISS, Three Dog Night, and ZZTop were Gary’s go-to bands, and he loudly enjoyed these artists while heading out on road trips with the kids. Gary was known to love his coffee, Pepsi, cheeseburgers, jam filled desserts and of course bologna sandwiches. He often joked that in retirement he and Matt would open a sandwich shack named “Any Way You Want It Baloney Shack”. Gary was also an animal lover. At home he enjoyed his four-legged companions, Scooter (2013) and Chipper. Gary’s commitment to animals didn’t end there as he was also a Board member and past President of the Grey Bruce Animal Shelter.

In recent years, Gary was blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Jack and Isabella (Izzy). He absolutely adored them, spoiling them at every opportunity. Papa was never without gum and always said “Yes” to popsicles, no matter the day or time. The three of them also shared their own special handshake, and Papa was always present in their lives. Gary was a kind, thoughtful man whose main goal was to provide for his family. He always made sure that everyone had what they needed but never wanted accolades. He was logical, and a little bit particular (ask Barb and the kids the pranks they played on Gary throughout the years), but he was a true family man, and will ALWAYS be remembered by his family for these great qualities.

Sadly in 2018, Gary was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. He met this challenge like a Warrior, with dignity and determination, making the best of each day. In 2019, Gary and Barbara moved to Chesley to be closer to family. Gary’s family was his world and he was theirs, and he passed away surrounded by them with all of their love on Thursday September 2nd, 2021 in his 71st year.

Beloved husband of Barbara (Sproule). Devoted and loving father of Melissa Tutin (Sean Brown) of Guelph and Matt Tutin (Tabitha Barfoot) of Chesley. Cherished Papa of Jack and Isabella. Gary will be dearly missed by his brother Darryl (Holly) of Mississauga, sister-in-law Colleen Tutin of Oshawa, and the entire Sproule family. He was predeceased by his brother Wayne and his parents Alan and Frances (Krasinski) Tutin.

In following Gary’s wishes, private family services were held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to a local minor sports organization or animal shelter would be appreciated by his family. Gary loved sports and animals, and what better tribute to him than by helping those in need.

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Ruth Fennell
October 13, 2021

Dear Barb. I am so sorry for the loss of Gary and now Alan. Ruth Fennell

Bill Harris
October 4, 2021

Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was such a glass half full kind of guy. Blessings to his family.

Dinesh Shah
October 4, 2021

My deepest condolences
Garry will definitely be missed for ever. Garry and I were good friends from the hospital and met several times a week during our work. He was a very kind and a very helpful person. We used to attend the Masonic Lodge together and continued for several years.
To Barbara and Garry’s family members, I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and pray to god to give you all the courage to overcome this very sad loss.

Susan Porter
September 27, 2021

Sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. I enjoyed the time i spent working for him in GBHS Purchasing.

Chris Barfoot
September 17, 2021

I just heard of Gary’s passing. So sorry for your loss. GT was my 1st manager at the GBHS. I loved working for, and with GT. He made it point to know about his employees lives. I moved on to another department, but still continued to talk and laugh with Gary.
He was missed when he retied and more so now.
Again I’m so sorry to here about GT>

Paul and Bonnie Schmitz
September 16, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to Barb Melissa Matthew and family We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers
Very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing

Maddy Westover
September 13, 2021

I’ll never forget him and I am so sorry I couldn’t be there during this time for him and your family. He was a legend and always will be in my books! He was also generous soul, always thinking of others and sending little gifts for my daughter and adding just the right amount of cheer to my day whenever I saw him. I always looked forward to our visits. Fly high my friend. Thinking of you BT! I’m not far away and would love to join you on one of your power walks to remember him. Xoxo

Jim & Chris Boyd
September 10, 2021

Barb and family. So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Sending our sincere condolences. Remembering Gary from our years at the GBHS.

Keith and Carol Davenport
September 9, 2021

Sorry for your loss
Worked for many years with Gary at the G.B.R.H.S
Great guy for sure

Fran and Alan Gordon
September 9, 2021

Deepest Sympathy Barb to you and your family….I was shocked to hear of Gary,s passing…. I am thinking of you .

Heidi & D platoon Wellington County OPP
September 9, 2021

Toots, Browner and Tutin Family- You have been in our minds and on your hearts since we heard of Gary’s passing.
Toots and Browner, you mean so much to us and the OPP family, and we are so sorry to hear that you lost such a wonderful person in your lives.
D platoon made a donation in Gary’s name to the Owen Sound Animal Shelter, we want you to know we are thinking of him and your family.
Remember happy memories, and find strength in each other.
We love you, Toots. xox
-Heidi, Carly, Krista, Dustin, Mike, Chris, Kyle, Matt, Kevin

Jeff and Bobbi Vandervoort
September 8, 2021

So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Cherish all the great memories . He will be dearly missed by many

Larry, Deanne, Stephanie, Amanda and Olivia Buck
September 7, 2021

Our condolences Melissa and Sean and to your family for your loss. Wish we were able to give you a hug. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Adam, Jamie, Jorja and Jaxson Taylor
September 5, 2021

Sorry for your loss, our thought and prayers are with you guys.

Harold & Bonnie Brown
September 5, 2021

Our deepest sympathy. Gary was compassionate and excited about life whether repairing a toy for the grandchildren, phoning Melissa each day to see how her day was going or watching a sport Mathew was participating in and making sure Barb had everything she would need after he passed. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

Karen and Ed Ruetz
September 5, 2021

Barb Matt Tabitha Jack and Izzy – please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time – please draw strength and comfort from each other and in your memories – thinking of you all

Paula & Greg Fletcher
September 5, 2021

Our thoughts are with your family.

Nancy & Bev
September 4, 2021

Sincerest sympathies on the loss of Gary. May he Rest In Peace. Your family bonding & love for each other will help you through the difficult days ahead. Cherish the memories you’ve made.

Sarah, Tyler , Seth and Max Hatten
September 4, 2021

We are so sorry to hear this! We are thinking of you all. He will greatly missed!

September 4, 2021

My Most sincere condolences to Barb, Melissa, Sean, Matt, Tabitha, Jack and Isabella. Gary will certainly be missed, he was a great Papa, Dad and Husband. A man full of love for his family and it showed ❤ xo

The Murphy Family
September 4, 2021

To the entire Tutin Family – we are so sorry for your loss. Treasure the memories.

September 3, 2021

So sorry to hear about Gary’s passing, condolences to everyone in the family. I worked with Gary at GBHS and he always had a good laugh every day. He will be missed

Carol and Jack Patterson.
September 3, 2021

Barb and family, Jack and I were so shocked to hear of Gary’s passing. We are thinking of you at this trying time. I will talk to you soon

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