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Born: Oct 19, 1922

Date of Passing: Feb 08, 2020

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October 19, 1922 - February 8, 2020

With his family at his side, it is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and brother at the age of 97.
Dad is survived by his children, Rick (Debra), Judith (Richard) and Alan, along with seven grandchildren, Brett (Chloe), Leah (Dale); Chantelle (Tara); Christina (Derek), Austin, Corben and Lauren, and one great-granddaughter Charly-Mae. Dad was predeceased by our mother Margaret and in later years, by his long time love, Liz Krause.
Dad (Jerry) was born in Ste. Rose du Lac, Manitoba to Eugene and Clara Montsion. He came from a family of 18 children and is survived by his sisters, Leontine and Marie (John), brothers, Louis (Corrine) and Romeo (Lucille), and many nephews and nieces.
Dad left home at 18 to look for work in Eastern Canada and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) at the beginning of the Second World War. After the war and after working in various fields, his life brought him back to Winnipeg where he subsequently became employed with the Manitoba Liquor Commission, retiring from Management in 1984 after 32 years of service.
Dad was involved with the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans (ANAF) for several years. Dad volunteered many hours of his time to the ANAF, and became Rockwood Unit President, Provincial President and finally Dominion President of ANAF. His service with the ANAF allowed him to travel the world, which he was very proud of, representing veterans at ceremonies / conventions in Europe, Australia, Canada, United States and Japan. In 2002, Dad was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, a medal awarded by the Governor-General of Canada to those who have made outstanding and exemplary contributions to their communities or to Canada as a whole.
In retirement Dad spent winters in Montserrat, Australia, Texas, Southern California and Puerto Vallarta right up until he was in his 90s. Dad was fortunate to have lived a long, healthy life and did it on his own terms until he was recently diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff at the Victoria General Hospital for their care and compassion for Dad.
A Celebration of Life will be held later this year.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 15, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • My name is Yolande Montsion, I am the daughter of Olivier Montsion, your dad's Brother who died in a car accident With my mom in 1974. I am very Sorry for your loss, I Know How you feel, and at the same Time I am very Proud of my uncle Adélard who I don't think I Ever met. I Send you all my love Yolande xx - Posted by: yolande montsion (niece) on: Sep 05, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Judy, Richard and the Montsion family. - Posted by: Cindy Gibson (Friend of Judith and Richard) on: Feb 18, 2020

  • Such a fitting tribute for a real gentleman. He will be missed so much. We had such wonderful memories of Uncle Jerry, especially when he lived with my Mom Marie and when our girls were babies. He had such a zest for life. And definitely on his own terms. - Posted by: Denise and Ernest Garand (Neice) on: Feb 15, 2020

  • My deepest sympathies to Judith and all her family. Cherish all your memories they are the greatest gift your father has left you. - Posted by: Wendie Parrish (Friend of his Daughter - Judith ) on: Feb 15, 2020

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