Manitoba Music Museum

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MATTHEW JOHN GARTH NOSWORTHY April 5, 1951 - January 9, 2014 After a short, but courageous battle with cancer, it is with love and great sadness, that we announce the passing of Garth Nosworthy on Thursday, January 9, 2014, at the age of 62 years. Garth's final days were spent surrounded by family, friends and the unwavering love and dedication of his wife of 40 years of marriage, Leslie Nosworthy. Left to cherish Garth's memory are his wife Leslie; daughter Lindsay; son Gregory; brother Donald Nosworthy; as well as many lifelong friends and family. He was predeceased by his parents, Matthew Nosworthy; Jean Nosworthy; stepmom Dorothy Nosworthy; and his sister Ann MacKellar. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Garth attended Montrose Elementary School, Grant Park High School and the University of Winnipeg. He learned to play guitar starting at the age of five. By the time he was 12 years old, Garth was playing in The Sonics, TC and the Provincials, and then The Mongrels. Being an avid part of the 1960s Winnipeg music rock scene, The Mongrels, managed by Lorne Saifer and produced by Randy Bachman, signed with RCA USA and then Capital Records USA. Over the past 20 years, he continued his love of music and performing which led to the incarnation of the Family/Children's Entertainers "Just Kiddin". Just Kiddin' released three CDs, two of which were nominated for a Prairie Music Award and one "Imagination" won the Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment. Garth became an air traffic controller on January 17, 1972, where he worked until his retirement in January 24, 2007. Starting in Thunder Bay Tower and then onto Regina Tower, Garth returned to Winnipeg Tower in 1974 and then ultimately worked in the Winnipeg Area Control Centre, Terminal, as a Supervisor, until his retirement. After retirement, he returned to work for two years, teaching air traffic control, which Garth enjoyed immensely. He was a man of many talents and of great commitment. He will be remembered for his quick wit and fabulous sense of humour. Garth's loyalty, generosity of his time and spirit will outlive his memory. He worked tirelessly as President of Ecole Tuxedo Park Parent Council to successfully prevent the school's closure. Garth coached his son's hockey teams over the years and was loved by the kids he coached. Garth was always running someone's campaign, planning retirement parties and tributes to anyone he felt deserving. Nothing was ever too much trouble and he had a heart of gold. Leslie and Garth had the opportunity to travel over the past few years to Europe and more recently New York where they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. The many family vacations to Hawaii were his favourite and he felt so fortunate to have that time together with Leslie, Lindsay and Greg. Garth was an incredible father, always being there for his kids at every ballet recital, swimming lesson, hockey game and band concert. His family was his life and he will be dearly missed. A Celebration of Garth's life will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Mary's Anglican Church, 3830 Roblin Boulevard. The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Health Sciences Centre for their compassionate care. Also thank you to our dear friends, Cliff Levi and Pat Benjaminson for all of your help at a very difficult time. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204-897-4665, is in care of arrangements.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on January 14, 2014