Ingram-Gary Ingram passed away peacefully at the age of 91 with his family by his side on Tuesday, April 5th at Bluewater Health -CEE Hospital in Petrolia. Gary is survived by; his children, Gary Ingram Jr and Pam and Rob Horwood of Toronto and his grandchildren, Jared and Samantha. Gary is also survived by his brother Wynn of New Zealand, as well as many loving sister, brother and cousin in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Andrena (2016), his brother Peter and parents Garden and Ethyl Ingram. Gary was born in Hamilton New Zealand in 1930. He emigrated to Canada in 1955 to pursue his career in engineering. After brief work stop overs in Vancouver, Kenora, Campbell River and Toronto he arrived in Sarnia in 1958. He joined Jim Monteith to create Monteith-Ingram Engineering Ltd. In Petrolia, which would later become MIG Engineering based in Sarnia. Gary would provide civil and structural expertise to Lambton County and beyond for the next 40 years. Gary moved to Petrolia in 1960, designed and built his family home on Gem Avenue and loved his life there. He started volunteering right away with the design and construction supervision of the Petrolia Arena, design and construction supervision of the Golf Clubhouse and later the curling rink. Gary was an avid golfer and curler. In the 1970’s Gary was the principle in a company that purchased 330 acres by the existing golf course and donated the land to the town and club to build another 9 holes, which he designed. Alongside the subdivision that was built in the area, land was donated to the Conservation Authority which was a vision of Gary’s from the initial purchase. Also in the 70’s Gary was on the Petrolia Promotion Committee that recognized that the town’s oil history was fading away. He was the Chairman of the Historic Oil Site from 1973 until the early 1980’s. He was an important voice in what would become the Petrolia Discovery we know today. Gary had his turn as President of the Lions Club, the St. Andrew’s Society, sat on the Board of Govenors of Lambton College and the St Clair Region Conservation Advisory Committee. He was a Big Brother and mentored students at Saint Phillips School in Petrolia. He fostered many children over the years through Foster Parents Plan and visited them around the world when he could. Gary served with a group of engineers that travelled to China and also travelled to Haiti to volunteer in that region. Gary had many hobbies. He had his pilot’s license for years and loved planes and flying. He loved to garden, read and paint and was an avid All Blacks Fan. He loved to play golf, tennis and curl. He loved sailing and embarked on 9 major sailing trips from the North Channel to the Virgin Islands and to Greece as well. He loved his fellow sailors very much. Later he embarked on guided sailing trips through Greenland and Newfoundland and then to the High Arctic. He also made many trips back to his homeland of New Zealand. It is an understatement to say Gary loved to travel and he passed that love on to his family through their many travel adventures across the globe. He lived life to the fullest and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family interment of ashes at a later date followed by a public celebration of life. Special thank you to the nursing staff at Bluewater Health in Sarnia and Petrolia, the staff at Albany Retirement Home, Kevin Knight at Knight Funeral Home and to Dr Danny Li Wan PO for his years of care and friendship. Sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Petrolia Community Fund and the CEE Hospital Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online @ www.knightfuneralhome.ca Knight 519-862-2845
There will be no formal visitation at this time.
Petrolia Community Fund C.E.E. Hospital Foundation
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.