Gary Poirier passed away at Vancouver General Hospital on August 11, 2018. He is survived by his brother Don Poirier (Corinne), 2 nieces, Tyla Frewing and Jamie Pont and 2 nephews Jared Poirier and Jackson Eng and six grand nephews and sister-in-law Nova Bannatyne Eng and he also leaves his wives Gloria and Faye. He was predeceased by his mother, Minerva Black, father, Joseph Poirier, brothers Neil Poirier, Ray Eng, Ian MacFayden and James MacFayden.
Gary was one of the survivors of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge disaster. He became an ironworker apprentice in 1957 at age 17 with Ironworkers Local 97. Due to a second fall on a job site he was forced to retire early from his career. He did however, continue to keep in touch with his friends in the union and initiated an annual memorial service for the bridge disaster that he attended each year.
Gary loved living in the Downtown East Side, spending time at the Carnegie Centre and living in the Woodwards building. He made many walks throughout the area, with his distinctive walking stick and more recently a walker. His familiar figure will be missed by all who knew him. A funeral service will be held on Friday August 17, 2018 at 10am in the Celebration Hall at Mountainview Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver, internment to follow. Flowers gratefully declined and in lieu donations may be made to the PHS Housing Society online at http//www.phs.ca or the Cancer Research Society online athttps://www.societederecherchesurlecancer.ca/en/take-action