Garth R. Prentice

September  22nd, 1959 April  28th, 2024
Forever in our hearts
Garth R. Prentice



Garth R. Prentice, cherished husband and loving father has left his family far too soon. On April 28th, 2024, during the very early morning hours Garth left the family to join those whom we love that have gone before us.

Garth is survived by his wife Gina, his eldest son Cody and daughter-in law Rola, his youngest son Troy and his daughter Dakota. He is also survived by his older brother Guy and sister-in-law Martha, their sons Graham and Malcom, as well as his parents Al and Betty. He was pre-deceased by his younger brother Shawn.

Garth was born on September 22, 1959, in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. At the age of 13 the family relocated to Calgary, Alberta. Although Garth always considered Vancouver home, he quickly made new friends and kindled a lifelong bond with Gina, his future wife, and best friend.

Garth's adventurous nature drove him to explore a variety of interests throughout his life. He embraced new challenges, whether it was baseball in his youth, the rush of downhill ski racing, or scuba diving as a certified enthusiast. His love for outdoor activities extended to bike riding, boating, and various water sports, with wake surfing holding a special place in his heart. Later in life, he obtained his motorcycle license to share the joy of riding with his youngest son, Troy.

One passion, golfing, remained throughout his life. From his teenage years onward, Garth enjoyed the challenge of the sport and found camaraderie on the golf course, he took pride in achieving a hole-in-one and enjoyed walking the course with friends.

As a young man, Garth had a strong desire to forge his own path in life. This drive was evident early on when, at the age of 17, he boldly established his own landscaping business. From there, Garth moved on to Guardian. In 2002, he relocated to Texas with Shaw Pipeline Services, rising to the position of Vice President and General Manager. He felt deeply honored and privileged to lead a team of dedicated individuals, valuing their contributions. His commitment to creating opportunities for others fueled his leadership and commitment to the company.

Garth and Gina were joined in Texas by their oldest son, Cody, and his wife, Rola, in 2011. In 2019 Garth and Gina joined their son, Troy, in California. Although spread out over the US, the family remained very close.

On June 1st, 2022, Troy’s daughter, Dakota, was born, marking the next generation in Garth’s family tree. Garth was amazed by his granddaughter as he watched her quietly with a smile.

What we miss most is Garth’s sense of humor. It didn’t take long after meeting him to find yourself chuckling at his quirky jokes. He loved to laugh along and was usually the one to get the laughter rolling. Though he may be gone, the echoes of his laughter will forever resonate in our hearts.


September 22nd
Birth in Vancouver, BC
Garth was the second son to Al and Betty.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Met Gina 
Garth met his future wife, Gina, when they were 13 years old..
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 28th
Garth and Gina got married in a beautiful yet intimate wedding
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
September 25th
Birth of Cody
Birth of Cody, their first son.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
August 24th
Birth of Troy
Birth of Troy, their second son
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Destination Texas
Garth and Gina move to Houston, TX. Their son, Cody and his wife, Rola, joined them in Houston in 2011. 
Houston, TX
Destination California
Garth and Gina move to California to be close to Troy, who moved to California in 2018.
Southern California
June 1st
Becomes a Grandparent
Garth and Gina become Grandparents for the first time to Troy's daughter Dakota.


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May 16, 2024
Our sincerest condolences Gina to you and your family.
Ernie and Pat Hancock
May 13, 2024
I am glad that I had the opportunity to meet Garth. I was impressed when I saw him pick up his daughter-in-law from the hospital when his son was out of the country. Some father-in-laws would never do that. But Garth did.

My condolences to the whole family. I'm praying that the Lord will bless your family with his love, his care, and comfort your hearts.
Kelley Martin
May 6, 2024
Rest in peace Buddy! Wish we could get 18 in one more time. You will be missed!
Gene White
May 6, 2024
Garth, you will be remembered with laughter and a smile. At our house we have a habit of sticking good pictures of good times to our fridge. It just so happens we've had a certain picture up for the better part of a year now. It has six of us, all twenty something, it's January 1982 in Whitefish Montana. What a good time that was. Garth the only true skier amongst us showed us how, with laughter and a smile.

To Gina, Cody, Rola, Troy and Dakota, we send our heartfelt sympathy and love.
Marty & Anne Marie
Marty Kruit
May 6, 2024
I am so sorry to hear of Garths passing. As his travel agent for so many years at SPS (both Calgary and Houston) I have so many memories of him, his smirk, and his laugh. Sending thoughts and prayers to Troy / Gina / Cody and the rest of the family.
Janice Blunden
May 6, 2024
Words of sympathy feel inadequate at such a loss. I had the pleasure of spending a couple of brief but incredibly special moments with you all and from the moment we met, Garth was warm and welcoming and treated me as though I had always been a part of the family. His infectious laugh, love for life and remarkable kindness will be cherished in my memory always. Please accept my most heartfelt and sincere condolences on his passing. I have no doubt that wherever he is, he will be watching over the family he was so proud of.
My love to you all, Gina, Cody, Rola, Troy and beautiful little Dakota.
Keri Douglas
May 6, 2024
My condolences to the family. I had the privilege to meet and work for Garth. He was a great person and wonderful boss. He will truly be missed.

Mark Bentley
May 5, 2024
I was shocked to hear of Garth’s passing. I first met Garth in the Guardian days back in the 1990s when I was undertaking reviews of the ShawCor operations globally. Garth was a challenge then. Our friendship continued over the years as he moved to Shaw Pipe in Houston.
Thank you for sharing an excellent tribute and pictures.
May he rest in piece
Bill Forbes
May 5, 2024
My deepest condolences. I knew Garth from Woodforest Golf Club in Texas. He was always a good playing partner on the course and we remembered him often after
he moved to California.
Charles Miers
May 5, 2024
Dear Gina, Cody + Rola, Troy and Dakota,
What a fitting tribute for Garth. Obviously he had a love for life, a love for fun and an even greater love for his family. Our condolences to all of you for your immense loss.
Love from, Marion and Court
Marion + Court Bedford
May 4, 2024
The passing of Garth, my father-in-law, leaves a profound void in our hearts. His strength, kindness, and unwavering support will be deeply missed. I will forever cherish the memories we shared, especially the gatherings filled with laughter and love, where his presence illuminated the room. Garth, you were the best father-in-law a daughter-in-law could ever ask for, and your memory will be cherished always.
Rest in peace 🤍🕊️

My heartfelt condolences go out to Gina, Cody and Troy for the loss of your beloved father and husband. May God bring peace into your lives and heal your hearts during this challenging time.

I love you all dearly.
Rola Prentice
May 4, 2024
What a beautiful attribute. He was such a present and loving father. Glad we had the chance to have met him.
May God give peace to your heart, your mom Gina, Troy, and Rola in these difficult times. RIP
Susy Echtay
May 4, 2024
Gina, Cody, Troy, Rola and little Dakota,

We are so very sorry for the loss of Garth. He was truly taken much too soon.

The tribute summed up a life well lived and we thank you for sharing it with us. You can see Garth’s personality shine through in the smiles, goofiness, and obvious love for his family. Hang on to the good memories to help you through, and the rest of us in your lives to lean on ❤️.

Much love from Christina, Murray, Jenny and Matty Kopp
Christina Kopp
May 4, 2024
Dear Gina, Troy, Cody and Rola. Our heartfelt condolences at such a sad time. This tribute is truly wonderful, pulling up so many memories from over the years.
I have a memory I never forget from so long ago when I was only 12 I think, and Cody was just a baby. Garth disappeared for a short while holding little Cody in his arms. When he came back to where we were all visiting, suddenly little baby Cody had huge biceps! Garth had taken face cloths and rolled them up into his little sleeves and Cody, only months old looked like a baby Superman! We all laughed so hard and Cody just looked stunned, which made it even funnier. We were all so happy to have his younger brother Troy born 4 years later, and to know these boys grew up very close with much the same humor as their Dad, and always laughing.
You will be missed Garth.
Maggie Marsh
May 4, 2024
Gina, Cody, Rola, Troy and Dakota,

We are so sorry for your loss and send our deepest condolences.

This is such a beautiful tribute! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures of Garth - his smile lit up the room!

I've included a picture of when Maggie and I visited you in Texas and we went wakeboarding - a lovely day and so nice to see him thoroughly enjoying himself.

With much love,
Liz, Mike, Erik & Devon
Liz Parkin


What was Garth's favorite Quote or Saying?
What was Garth's favorite Game to play?
Fun fact about Garth:
Hit a hole-in-one.
Fun fact about Garth:
Got his motorcycle license in 2018 to ride with his son, Troy.
Fun fact about Garth:
Certified scuba diver.
Fun fact about Garth:
Garth starred in a TV commercial as a child.
What was Garth's favorite Travel destination?
Garth didn't have one favorite travel destination, he travelled the world.
Fun fact about Garth:
Scuba dived the Great Barrier Reef and Belize's shores.
What was Garth's favorite Music / Song?
No matter what Garth's favorite song was, he played it loud.
Fun fact about Garth:
Parasailed in Thailand.

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