At the young age of 64, Gerry left this earth on his own terms, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. He lost his 2 year battle to colon cancer, which he fought with courage, dignity and a sense of humour to the very end. He leaves behind his loving wife and life partner of 35 years, Linda; his much loved only son Corey; mother Vera; father Brian (deceased); sister Brenda (Hugh); brother Danny (Linda) (Marlene deceased); also nieces, nephews, extended family, dear friends and his beloved dog Zoe. Gerry was born and raised in Duncan, BC by two wonderful parents. He enjoyed an idyllic childhood growing up on Gibbins Road. He excelled in sports in his younger years, baseball being his passion. He was an accomplished and talented carpenter who renovated our home completely. Gerry was “house proud” and could always be found puttering in his shop and garden in his spare time. He spent his working years mainly on the water in both the tugboat industry and 23 years with BC Ferries. His last post being on the Brentwood/Mill Bay Ferry. He made many lifelong friends along the way. He had a work ethic like no other and was rarely sick a day in his life. As his wife, I am truly grateful to have shared our years together, a good man who was unselfish to a fault…his family being his foremost concern. As a father, his son could not have asked for a better mentor who gave his full support to all of Corey’s projects and adventures. He was a loving son, brother and friend. So hard to say goodbye…we will cherish our memories together forever. Thank you my love for taking such good care of us. We will hold the image of your beautiful blue eyes, sweet smile and warm touch in our hearts.
An extra special thank you to Dr. Catherine Fitzgerald who went beyond her role of oncologist by giving her love, support and compassion fully. She was the best “caddy” ever and accompanied Gerry right to the “19th” hole. Thanks also to our family doctor Keith McQueen, staff at the BC Cancer Agency, home support nurses for their excellent care and kindness and to Dr. Konia Trouton who made Gerry’s exit peaceful. To our friends our deepest gratitude for walking beside us…know that your love gave us extra strength to keep going.
At Gerry’s request there will be no service. The July get together (Dog Patch Reunion) in Duncan at his parent’s former property was his “living memorial” and wish. Thank you to all of his old buddies, family and Shannon for making this special day possible. You made him so happy. In Gerry’s memory please give to a charity that is close to your heart.