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Born: Dec 03, 1949

Date of Passing: Jul 31, 2020

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(nee SMITH)

Gail Lorraine Mayer (nee Smith), born December 3, 1949 to Charles and Audrey Smith, passed away in her sleep July 31, 2020.
Mourning her loss are husband Gerry Surbey; her sons, Keith (Michelle), Garett (Sherry), Cory (Colleen), and Christopher (Samantha); brother Brian (Nancy); sisters, Lynne (Donald), Barbara (Daphne), and Shirley; grandchildren, Brenden, Nicholas, Quinn (Sandy), Ethan, Cameron, and Hannah; and great-grandson Theo. There are numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends whose lives Gail has touched. She is predeceased by her mom and dad, brother Alan and his wife Sheryl.
Gail grew up in St. Vital, attended Glenwood School, graduated from Glenlawn Collegiate and devoted herself to raising her sons. She worked at Superstore's Customer Service for over 30 years until her retirement in 2016. Her friendly nature and helpful disposition were apparent to all who met her.
Gail is remembered for her unselfish spirit of giving, her unbridled love of family, her forever smile and her kind heart. As family, we cherish and hold close the memories of her. Rest in peace Gail.
Regretfully due to restrictions regarding COVID-19, a private service is planned for Monday, August 10, 2020 with attendance limited to immediate family. A virtual service will be available on Facebook Live at
ALL ARE INVITED to join us in celebrating Gail on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 25 Nichol Avenue beginning at 5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

"...and think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched. For nothing loved is ever lost; and she was loved so much."
Lost but not forgotten.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (23 entries)

  • To the Mayer, Surbey, Smith and Warren family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Have such wonderful memories of Gail and she always made me feel welcome. Thanks for being a friend. RIP and God Bless...:( - Posted by: Bev Fergusson (Friend) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • Gerry and families; so sorry to hear about About Gail words cannot express how much she will be missed by all who knew her. Gail cared About the people in her life and always willing to help when needed. She will be missed Friend from the past pat Johnson - Posted by: Pat johnson (Friend from the past) on: Aug 13, 2020

  • Gerry and Family, I was so shocked to hear about Gail's passing. I know what you are going through Gerry. My Beverly left me the same way. Gail was so positive of life. Never a bad word about any one...even me! LOL. I miss our morning coffees in #1106. Gail was always there to do things for you , to boost your spirits, to instigate some weird activity or to shake the cobwebs off. She will be missed by family and friends. May your memories of her help you in this time of sorrow. Gerry call me anytime when you are ready. We have known each other for a long time. Rest in Peace Gail! DGS - Posted by: Graham Simes (Bombero) (Friend from Mazatlan, Mex.) on: Aug 12, 2020

  • My condolences to Gerry and family. I have known Gail for over 30 years. She had this bright energy about her. You could not help but be drawn to her. Her big smile was contagious. You’d smile even when you didn’t feel like it. Her energy, bright light and her enthusiastic spirit will be missed. - Posted by: Janet (Coworker ) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Gerry, Tony and I were deeply saddened to hear that Gail had passed away. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Tony and Lise Bettens (friend) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • To my loving sister Gail, words can not express our love for you. It's a very sad time for all of us, rest in peace Gail. Love you, miss you already. - Posted by: Shirley (Sister) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • We're still in a state of shock as we can imagine so are all of you. Gail had a wonderful talent for making everyone around her, even those who had just met her feel at easy and free to be themselves with out free of judgement. We will cherish the time spent together in Mexico and Hawaii and I will always remember the chocolate martini we shared on my birthday. Gerry we are thinking of and praying for and your family today as we have been for the past week. Unfortunately we will not be able to make it to the house this evening but know that we are with you in spirit. - Posted by: Nancy & Marc Fitzmaurice (Friends) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gail for over thirty year before I stopped working. Gail was such a joy and pleasure to be around, she had the most gorgeous and contagious smile ever. I loved working with her and having the occasional coffee at her house together. Gail you will be sadly missed. Gerry, you and Gail had a fairy tale relationship that we all dream of having, my heart breaks for you as your going through this tragic time. God's blessing and prayers for inner peace. - Posted by: Heather Prydun (Co worker ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We send our sincere love and sympathy. Gail was always so wonderful, and will always be missed. We will miss her to. Love the Morrisons. - Posted by: Al, Laura, Sarah, Matt, Lois Morrison (Cousins & Aunt) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Hearing this news is very sad. I left Superstore many many years ago but remember Gail fondly. My condolences to her husband and family. - Posted by: Joelle (Former co-worker ) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We cannot describe the shock and sadness we felt when we got the call of Gail’s passing. I have so many memories of family get-togethers and especially of Gail’s wonderful laugh. I now she is being welcomed into heaven by many open arms. Please give a hug to mom from us. To all the family we are so truly sorry. Love Carol and Wes - Posted by: Carol Spicer (Cousin) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • I was saddened to read of Gail's passing. I worked alongside Gail many years ago and knew her to be a kind and wonderful person. The warmth of her smile, and twinkle in those beautiful eyes held something for everyone. It is said that people will forget what you did and they will forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. She had a way of lifting the spirit, infusing joy in the day. It was always a little surge of happiness when I got to work with her. I know that this was a common feeling amongst all of the staff at the time I was there. I can only imagine the number of lives she has touched since, and all who feel similarly. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Deb Shnider (Co-worker) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We will miss you and all the dinners,movies,travelling ,laughing,and just the closeness that was part of our relationship.You were always joyfull and positive and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. If anyone needed you you were there!! You have left a hole in our hearts!! Have a glass of wine and a dance and give Robbie a hug for us!! - Posted by: Jim and Leslie McNulty (Close Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Gerry and family, we are so saddened to hear this sad news. We had such fun with you guys in Arizona. We are so sorry, she was such a wonderful person - Posted by: Connie and Jack Leckey (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Gail was the kindest, most generous person I have had the honour to know. Our boys, Christopher, Ryan, Timothy and Preston loved their Auntie Gail totally as did Vince and I. It was the saddest news we could have received that day, but the memories and love will be with us always....never forgotten. Gerry, I am so very, very sorry. - Posted by: Val Surbey (Sister in Law) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Beautiful Lady inside and out. She made me feel welcomed from the moment we met. Always smiling, and laughing. I am blessed to have been able to meet Gail and spend time with her. My thoughts and love are with you all at this time. - Posted by: Patti Brown (Nephew Jeff Warren's partner) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Had the pleasure of working with Gail for many years at superstore, she always had a smile, and willing to help anyhow, my condolences to Gerry and all her family. - Posted by: Marilyn (Co-worker) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Gerry and all of Gail’s family. I was very saddened to hear of Gail’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of her. She was always so vivacious, positive and down to earth and we shared so many laughs together. I feel grateful And blessed to have known her. - Posted by: Janet Michalyshyn (Former hairstylist) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Gerry and family, our hearts are broken to hear this terribly sad news. Gail held a special place in our hearts from travelling together to meeting up in Mexico or just a quick visit in Winnipeg... she will be missed Our deepest condolences to all who loved her and her beautiful soul.. xo - Posted by: Carey & Shelley Logan (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Oh my goodness Gerry! We are in shock with the this news of Gails passing. We are going to miss seeing and hearing her laugh. she was always so caring and thoughtful. May she rest in peace. And peace be with you. Sheila - Posted by: Sheila and Lenny Shhearman (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Memories Reach, Reaching for the stars in distant worlds One world shared A smile so radiant A heart so full The Gods have dared Memories Reaching for hands to touch Feeling the support, the friendship, the love Gathering lives in an embrace Gathering joy A good life Memories Maybe not here in this present But everywhere Beside you, with you at night when your head touches a pillow The strength and humour is here now Gail you are making stars in heaven Memories We weep for the past We weep for what was, as we journey through the many doors of this life A gentle, soft journey to heaven to be with so many To understand the gift of life is to remember those twinkling eyes Never forget the present that built a world that touched us all Gail, life, love, joy, humour, memories… Love from Cousin Andre… - Posted by: Andre Morriseau (Cousin) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Gail had such a beautiful soul.. God bless Gerry and family - Posted by: Jacqueline (Co-worker) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • My beautiful sister, i will miss you so much. We have had so many memories together that i will cherish forever. Rest now . - Posted by: Lynne warren (Sister) on: Aug 08, 2020

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