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Gary Babcock

Gary Babcock

Saturday, October 21st, 1944 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Obituary

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gary Babcock 75, a husband, father, grandfather, friend and a business leader in the truck transportation industry. Gary began as a labourer but with his determination and drive to make something of himself, quickly began to climb the corporate ladder and eventually became the President & Chief Operating Officer of TNT Canada. Gary, with 50 employees, no freight nor trucks took the risk and started QuikX Transportation Inc. which grew to QuikX Group of Companies. His team building ability and management style resulted in this startup company growing to be one of the top Canadian trucking companies with 17 centers across North America more than 600 employees plus 325 independent drivers and a winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies from 1999 to the sale in 2012. Gary was loved by many of his employees and revered as a contributor to the improvement of the industry via his various positions in the Ontario Trucking Association and Canadian Trucking Association. Gary was Mr. QuikX, his “people” were important to him and this earned him the affectionate name of “Chief”. After his retirement he maintained contact with many trucking associates as they had become more than employees and colleagues but friends.

Gary, a determined, generous, compassionate, non-judgmental man who loved to tease, will be missed by his wife, Christy of nearly 50 years, his children David and wife Ana, Steven, Daniel and wife Jennifer and grandchildren Jackson & Samantha and daughter Julie & partner Christopher Sims & grandchildren Erica & Travis. Sadly missed by his sister Gail & husband Larry Davies & niece April and brother-in-law Steven Hopkins & wife Michelle. Gary has one remaining aunt, Ruth Bulmer, in NB along with cousins. His many friends will miss the card games and countless hours of chatting over a dinner table.

A private family service will be held and, depending on Covid-19, a Celebration of Life may be organized in the future.

In memory of Gary donations to Townsend Smith Foundation (future Hospice) or Milton District Hospital Foundation in lieu of flowers, would be appreciated by the family.
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Shelley, Russ & staff of Bailey Heating & Cooling

Posted at 11:36am
Christy and family, We are so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. May the wonderful memories you share help you through this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy.
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Pat Kruchak

Posted at 01:40pm
Dear Christy and family - so very sorry to hear of Gary’’s passing. Am thankful we got to see you both last summer. Please know we are thinking of you.

From Warren, Pat and family.
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Dianne and Udo Tomson

Posted at 11:32am
We were truly saddened to hear about Gary. He was a delightful person, always positive, and welcomed everyone into your home with generosity and enthusiasm. I’m sure many will have commented on his smile (and the twinkle in his eye) and the interest he showed in knowing more about us when we would meet. We will remember him fondly.
Such a difficult time for you. Perhaps when you feel up to it, could plan afternoon tea on the lawn. COVID has created so many rules for socializing.
(Virtual) hugs, Dianne and Udo
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Gloria Pennycook

Posted at 08:31am
Dear Christy,
We are thinking of you and the family during these tough times. Gary will be missed. Only time helps to heal bringing back wonderful memories.
Our deepest sympathy, Gloria and Bob
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Maggie Boothe

Posted at 11:07am
Dear Christy & Family

Our sincerest condolences - our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
 
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Douglas DuCharme Posted at 01:33pm

Dear Christy and family, so saddened to hear of the news on Gary passing. Such great memories of your family growing up in the neighbourhood and my still seeing David and Steven on occasion. Condolences from my family, Doug DuCharme
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