Obituary for Guy Giroux
Sunday, 10 January 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze
Guy Harry Lucien Giroux
Nov. 19, 1936 – Jan. 1, 2021
The man. The myth. The legend. It’s with our greatest sadness that our dad, husband, gramps, poppa, brother and brother-in-law was called by the Creator to his Teepee in Heaven. Anyone who knew Guy knew that he would have to have his last bash on New Year’s Eve 2020 before he headed up to heaven on New Year’s Day at the young age of 84 (although he never believed he was that old).
Guy lived a hard life and always wrote and played by his own rules. He loved to laugh, tease and joke with you. He created many friendships throughout the years, and we know some of them will be at heaven’s gate to meet him with a cold beer. Knowing Dad, he won’t mention that he’s been sober!
In Dad’s younger years, he played guitar in numerous bands, loved going to the bar (then the Legion) and dancing. We have many memories of camping, travelling (especially to B.C. in the summer), and stopping at all the cheesy roadside tours. The memorable Saturday AND Sunday afternoon jam sessions at our house.
Dad threw some of the best weekend memories, but as he got older, his favourite time was to be spent with his family, especially his grandkids and his dogs, Pepper and Daisy. Dad always had an open-door policy at our home. Many friends often stayed over; heck, some would be there for days.
Dad was one to do what he wanted, when he wanted. The best thing that he gained in life was meeting Vonda — his wife of 56 years. She was his June to his Johnny.
Dad was a residential school survivor who later in life spoke about his time there. As an adult, knowing about his struggles in residential school, he now finally made sense. In his younger years, Dad was an altar boy in the Catholic church, and, although his residential school experience was disturbing, he maintained his belief in God. Good or bad, he still prayed every night before bed.
During his marriage to Vonda, they had four amazing children in a short amount of time. They lived in Grouard, Vulcan, Grouard … and the day Mom was leaving Grouard to move south, she looked in the rear-view mirror and what did she see? Yep, Dad — running behind the car. He hopped in and the journey to Pincher Creek began. They lived in Pincher Creek until his passing.
Guy is going to be missed terribly by his wife, Vonda, of 56 years, son Darryl (Jodie) Giroux, son Jimmy Giroux, favourite daughter Terry (Kevin) Ross and the late favourite daughter Tina (Todd) Giroux. His grandkids: Ryan (Sara) Gorzitza, Brandon Giroux, Ross Giroux, Adrienne Fraser, Lindy Giroux, Sheryl McKay, Tanna Ross, Lexxi (Dan) Ross, and Cierra (Seth) Ross, and Jett and Zakk Giroux-Harper. He was blessed with eight great-grandkids and one on the way (he was so happy when he saw the ultrasound pictures).
He is survived by his sisters Rosemarie (Cecil) Bellerose of Edmonton, Valerie (Kent) Strudwick of Medicine Hat, Donna (Blaine) Alexander of Sherwood Park, the late Joan (Ken) Staples of Lac La Biche and brother Leslie Giroux of Edmonton. Brothers-in-law Ron (Karen) Fisher of Kelowna, Gary Fisher of Vernon, Darcy (Sherri) Fisher from Marysville, Washington. Sisters-in-law Brenda (Don) Cunningham of Sherwood Park, Rhonda (Pete) Schauerte of Lethbridge. Many nieces and nephews who could tell many stories and memories about good ole Uncle Guy.
Guy was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Tina Giroux; parents Jean and Marguerite Giroux of Grouard, Alta.; sister Arlene Giroux and sister Joan Staples. Brother Thomas (Sonny) Giroux, brother Brian Giroux and nephew Michael Staples. Father and mother-in-law Art and Ione Fisher of Pincher Creek, and sister-in-law Diane Fisher of Edmonton.
Those who knew me,
Knew me well,
Those who don’t …
Well, you probably have heard of me!
Condolences may be sent through www.edensfuneralhome.com