On April 22, 1979, Gary G. Vanenburg was born on a beautiful Sunday in the state of Florida to the late Dawn Loraine Pedican.

He spent his formative years in the general Palm Bay, Florida area. And then Freeport, Grand Bahama where Gary completed his primary and secondary education and became Head Boy. As Gary excelled in his academics, he was also noted to have artistic skills both in the fine and performing arts becoming self-taught in the piano, guitar, and the bongos. It was no surprise that he was accepted to and attended the Florida Art Institute of Technology with a focus on Graphic Design and Music.

After the return of his sister, Nadia from her tour of duty in Afghanistan, they teamed up together. They had a plan, One for All and All for One. As they moved around this beautiful United States, he had the opportunity to live in Alaska and then they settled more long term in Colorado. During these moves Gary gained a brother-in-law, Willie H. Call and his nephew, Henry Call. He was a proud, loving uncle and was so excited to welcome his nephew to the family.

Gary was an active church member and had a role in the media ministry. He took his service unto God very seriously and in so doing was a part of several ministries furthering God’s Kingdom here on earth. Gary was a dedicated worker at the Salvation Army, and he loved his job. He was so proud of his recent promotion to Shift Supervisor in November 2022, and was concerned about all those under his charge and continually prayed for God’s guidance when it came to carrying out his duties. In addition to all this Gary was a Facilitator for the NAMI Connections group, where to took great pride and care into fulfilling his role well at every meeting.

He was a lovely person with a gentle calming spirit. Gary loved his locks, and reggae music, especially Bob Marley. He was determined to be optimistic and had plans for going back to school to continue his graphic design. He was also looking into starting a non-profit to bring more awareness to persons with mental health conditions, advocating for removing the stigma and marginalization and promoting more inclusion, opportunities, and resources for support. Gary loved helping others and only wanted God to use him for His Honour and Glory.

Left to cherish his memory,

Stepfather: Don Pedican

Sister: Nadia Pedican-Call 

Brother in-law: Willie Call 

Nephew: Henry Call

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