Gary’s kind presence in my life so long ago was instrumental in helping me move forward after deaths of my children. His intelligent and caring insights became building blocks of who I am today. I was fortunate to reconnect with him a few years ago and his dry sense of humor, more pronounced than ever, spurred me on to better paintings from my Soul ( yes, I am now an artist) . He advised me on my “About the Artist” blurb on my website. And he made me laugh so hard even when I felt like giving up. Gary will always be in my heart and has been an inspiration to all who have known him. God Bless him on this new journey. I will miss his physical presence in this world with all my heart.
I extend my sympathies to all of Gary's family, with special thoughts to Gary's dear and treasured friend Jacquie.
Gary and I shared several years as Adjudicators at the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. We thought alike. We collaborated on his last book. We are responsible for changes made in the way Canada deals with Veterans and their disability awards system. We made a difference.
Gary's great sense of humor shone through in all of his endeavors. Gary had a wonderful ability to share his thoughts in writing and an ability to make friends wherever life took him.
Gary was passionate about his country and its people, whom he served as an MP, an Anglican Priest, an Adjudicator and as an Advocate.
While diminished by his loss, I am richer and grateful that Gary counted me amongst his friends.
-W.F. (Rick) Watson Vancouver, BC
I read with sadness the announcement of Mr. McCauley’s passing.
Gary’s contributions as a Member of Parliament, his work with the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Veterans Review and Appeal board, as well as his literary prowess will be remembered fondly. I know you must be very proud of his accomplishments.
I am glad that I was able to be in attendance at the Evangelist Anglican Church with Mr. Chretien. It was a wonderful goodbye for Gary.
Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. I met him in 2016 when I was in Ottawa and he had just published his book on Veterans Affairs. We had a great chat about books and other matters. He was an interesting person.
Prof. Greg Marquis, Dept. of History and Politics, University of New Brunswick Saint John, Saint John, N.B.
I was deeply saddened by Gary's sudden and unexpected passing. We go back a long way together, to Huron University College in 1960, in fact. Though we were not in constant touch over the whole of the intervening period, I cherish the memory of times we have been able to spend together, most especially in Ottawa over the past decade and more. Gary was a man of great passion, conviction, compassion and sense of public service directed towards the common good. Sometimes we agreed on issues. Other times, we did not, but I was always challenged to think again about why I held a particular view on a question. My memories of the man are the source of great pleasure and assurance. I shall miss him!
We remember Gary from early days in Cochrane. I grew up with Gary at school and at Archbishop Anderson Memorial Church. Bill played fastball with Gary. We met up again in Ottawa attending Synod and he visited us at our cottage. We are sorry he didn't get to go fishing. We kept in touch through e-mail and enjoyed his rants. Our condolences to the family. We will miss him and his slant on many current issues. We enjoyed his books and will now re-read them. Gone but not forgotten.
I am very sorry to hear of Gary's death. I was a curate at St. George's, Moncton, in 1974-1975, while Garry was Rector of St. James, Moncton. He was a great personal support and encouragement to me during that difficult year. I was sorry to lose track of him when I went off to Solomon Islands. My sincere condolences to all the family. Garry made an important contribution to the life of the church and the nation. May he rest with the saints and rise with Christ in glory.