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Born: Apr 12, 1932

Date of Passing: Dec 06, 2018

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April 12, 1932 - December 6, 2018

On Thursday December 6, 2018 Gerry passed away peacefully in Toronto, at the age of 86.
Left to mourn his passing is his partner of 32 years Marilyn McDonald; his children, Colleen (Ron), Larry (Jing), Andrea (Jeff), Paul (Tracey) and their mother Audrey (nee Gilbey); his beloved grandchildren, Christopher, Jack, Daniel, Ethan, Nicholas, Scott, Ryan and Naomi. He is also survived by his brother Len (Heather); and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Molly (nee Moore); brother Donald (Meche); sisters, Joan and Bunny; sister-in-law Louise Cariou; and brothers-in-law, John Harris and Bob Mills.
Gerry was born in Assiniboia, SK to George and Molly. At an early age, the family moved to Winnipeg and settled in Norwood where he attended Holy Cross School. After graduation, he attended the University of Windsor and St. Paul's College.
Gerry's formative years were highlighted by his love of sports, including hockey, football and baseball. Gerry was a member of many clubs such as the St. Boniface Canadiens (hockey) and the St. Paul's varsity football team.
By the early 1960s Gerry and family settled on Donegal Bay, building strong friendships with their neighbours and frequently entertaining family and friends. Gerry loved spending time with the kids at Morse Place Community Club and was very involved with St. Gerard's Church and School.
Gerry's gift of the gab and love of the open road lead him into a career in sales. From Procter & Gamble, to Baxter, and finally AMSCO. In 1972 he was transferred to Brampton, ON.
In 1987 Gerry met Marilyn while both were visiting a friend's farm near Toronto. Marilyn was a native Winnipegger and as their relationship grew, they often returned to Winnipeg for visits with family and friends. Each winter they travelled to Florida to play golf while camping along the way. Their trip to Greece in 1993 was unforgettable. They also travelled to New York City to attend the theatre and visit Len and Heather.
Gerry's love of sports continued into his later years. He and Marilyn were avid golf and tennis players and, like many westerners, loved curling. Gerry was one of the original early birds of the Lawrence Park Tennis Club, a popular fellow there, competitive but always pleasant and good humoured. He was best known for his outrageous line calls; "when in doubt, call it out" became his standard phrase.
Gerry was an affable and funny man, a great storyteller who kept his listeners laughing at the dinner table, at the pub or at a picnic in Toronto's Taylor Creek Park.
He was equally keen on bridge, playing regularly for years with a group of close friends. Gerry was a jazz fan, making regular visits with Marilyn to Montreal where ribs, as well as jazz, were on the menu.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the personal support workers who helped care for Gerry at home, especially Marie, Lillabeth and Grace.
There will be a private memorial in Winnipeg in May.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 20, 2019

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