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Born: Oct 03, 1938
Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
1938 ~ 2021
Gerard will be deeply missed by his sons Raymond (Gisele) and Paul (Rose-Marie); granddaughters, Elisabeth, Julie, Véronique, Victoria, and Valérie, and eight great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers, Roland, Gilbert, and Charles; his sisters, Lea, Lucille (Gerard), and Florence; as well as many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Gerard was predeceased by his loving wife of 38 years Germaine (née Maynard), his son Gilles, grandson Luc, parents Georges and Eliza, sister Lorraine, and brother Louis.
Dad was born on October 3, 1938 in LaBroquerie, MB. Growing up on the family farm, Dad learned early on the value of a strong work ethic and sense of commitment and respect towards others. During those early years, Dad also developed a love for sports, in particular hockey and baseball. How ever, it was the outdoors that was his true passion, hunting and fishing or just being out in nature with his sons, this was his true Paradise!
Dad and Mom married in July of 1959, and shortly after moved to Saint-Boniface where he worked as a carpenter for 15 years at the Taché Nursing Centre. He was then transferred to Saint-Boniface General Hospital as Head Carpenter for another 25 years until his retirement in 2003.
Dad was a kind-hearted man, always modest, and ready to help anyone in need without expecting anything in return. Never did he judge or speak of others, or of himself. He taught us the value of honesty, respect, and hard work. For this we are forever grateful!
We would like to thank all the caregivers who have looked after our Dad over the years.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, or to a charity of your choice in memory of Gerard.
"Papa, merci pour tout ce que tu nous as donné! Prends bien soin de tes moutons!
Salut, à la prochaine!"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021
Condolences & Memories (14 entries)
Chers Raymond, Paul et famille… Je pense souvent aux discussions amusantes et intéressantes que Gérard & Germaine, Gilles et moi avions dans leur maison ou dans le garage. Nous parlions de la chasse, de la pêche, de la ferme à Labroquerie, des voitures, des motocyclettes. De très beaux moments et des superbes souvenirs. Ils me manquent énormément…tous les trois. Je suis certaine qu’ils veillent sur nous tous! J’en suis très reconnaissante! Rose - Posted by: Rosalie Lizée (Fiancée de Gilles et amie de la famille) on: Dec 14, 2021
I met Gerry at the hospital, in my first professional job in the Planning Office. I would design and draw millwork and small renovation drawings for the carpentry shop and Gerry and the others there would give me mentorship in cabinetry, durability and a genuine passion for a job well done. No compromising. Gerry was a great mentor and just a fun person to collaborate with and learn from. My condolences. - Posted by: Andrew Konowalchuk (Former co-worker) on: Dec 01, 2021
With sincere sympathy I am very sorry for your loss. Oncle Gerard held a special place in our heart. He will be missed. A dieu Oncle Gerard. De ta filleule. - Posted by: Nicole (Family) on: Nov 29, 2021
Grant Sesak a friend and co-worker at the Hospital, informed me today of Gerry's passing, The obituary couldn't have said it better, What a Guy and friend. He was very friendly with every one, and would go out of his way to help, inform, and just be a pleasant individual. All the people in the department, and related departments in physical plant held him in high regard. What a nice person. Sorry to hear of his passing, and condolences to his family. God bless you. - Posted by: Jim McEwen (Friend/ Co- worker) on: Nov 29, 2021
Nos plus sincères condoléances à tous la famille. Nos pensées et nos prières vous accompagnent . Qu'il repose en paix dans les bras du Seigneur! - Posted by: Marc & Gisèle Maynard (nephew) on: Nov 29, 2021
My deepest condolences to your family. He was a very good friend to my Dad and they shared many stories of "hunting". I think early on it was at first the actual hunting and then I think it turned into "lets go to the woods". I remember your Dad (and your family) fondly. - Posted by: Patsy Petrin (Friend) on: Nov 29, 2021
Just the other day driving through the city I said to Louise "ca me fait pense a mon oncle Gerard", how wild to see this news Mes sympathies Raymond et Paul et famille, There are not many old soldiers left in the gang and he will bring all of the current news from this side to all those waiting on the other, may he find his new fishing and hunting lodge for eternity and keep a bench open for those to follow, Yves et Louise - Posted by: Yves Maynard (Nephew) on: Nov 28, 2021
Nos sincere sympathies a la famille de oncle Gerard . J'ai toujours aime jase avec menoncle dans nos recontre. I'll rest dans mes pansee et priere. - Posted by: Gerald Maynard Marthe et famille (Neveux favorie.) on: Nov 28, 2021
Knew Gerry while working at St. B. Hospital, from 1992 till his retirement. Sat out back of hospital during coffee breaks and lunch with him, many great conversations. He was a GREAT guy as his obituary says. Good luck on your next journey Gerry! Grant Sesak. - Posted by: Grant Sesak (former co-worker) on: Nov 27, 2021
Mes sincères condoléances à Paul et Rose-Marie. Qu'il repose en paix. - Posted by: Jacinthe Dandeneau (School mate) on: Nov 27, 2021
Mes sincères sympathies a vous tous, (et de la famille de votre tante Malvina) cousin Louis Tellier - Posted by: Louis Tellier (cousin) on: Nov 27, 2021
So sorry to hear of “Mon Oncle” Gérard’s passing. I have many memories of him and “Matante Germaine”. Always happy and a very hard working fella! Hugs to the family! He is at peace now. - Posted by: Diane Curé (née Fréchette) (Relative/Friend of family) on: Nov 27, 2021
Sincères condoléances Raymond et Paul et famille, Que mon oncle repose en paix. Il rejoint ceux qu’ils aiment, et n’a pas vu depuis longtemps, ma tante Germaine, Gilles et Luc! Quelles belles retrouvailles! Ça va jaser en ti-ti! Gros hugs à tous vous autres, Huguette - Posted by: Huguette Trudel (Cousine) on: Nov 27, 2021
Mes sympathies Raymond & Gisèle et famille, Paul & Rose et famille. que les memoires vous offres le comfort pendant ce temps de tristesse…mes pensées sont avec vous. Xo Rachel - Posted by: Rachel Côté (Niece) on: Nov 27, 2021
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