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Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2020

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On August 4, 2020, Jerry passed away at the age of 75 years while at Riverview Health Centre.
Respecting Jerry's wishes, there will be no funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Riverview Health Centre Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • On behalf of my family I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Randi and Jason. Several of us in the family had the opportunity to work with Jerry and also get to know him and his family on a personal level. He will be deeply missed. Sending our prayers,The Drewniak family - Posted by: Joyce Fisher (Former colleagues and family friends ) on: Aug 18, 2020

  • It was a pleasure working with Jerry at Emerson in the 1970’s. He was one-of-a-kind, a character who kept people entertained and in good spirits. He treated us students kindly, as he did everyone. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Jeff Shypit (Former coworker) on: Aug 11, 2020

  • I had the privilege of working with Jerry at Canada Customs Long Room at the Federal Building in Winnipeg during 1968 -70. He was a real live wire, always upbeat and friendly - a proud Ukrainian boy. That was many years ago but you don't forget a person like Jerry. My condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Larry Moan (Former work mate) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • A high school friend and in later years a business client relationship. Feeling a bit down, Gerry’d be the one to cheer you up. He had a talent to make his shared job experience stories hilarious and very revealing of human nature situations he encountered. I am saddened to learn of his passing, but very glad to have known him. - Posted by: Laurence Russin (Highschool friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We offer our deepest sympathies to Randy and Jason. Jerry was much more than a colleague. He was a true friend. As a rookie customs officer I was invited to many wonderful meals followed by a classic western movie. I will always remember target shooting and Jerry’s quick six shooter draw. Jerry always had your back at work and was quick to make a hairy situation humorous. I still wonder what those American tourists thought when met on the primary line in 90 Degree July heat by Jerry wearing a Uniform Winter parka and fur hat. Thank you for memories I will always cherish. Veechnaya Pamyat. - Posted by: Michael and Wendy Bataluk (Friends) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Sincere condolences on Jerry’s passing. He always had a joke with a smile whenever I saw him. He was always so friendly to me. - Posted by: Karen Naumiuk ( Kozarchuk) (Friend from Customs days) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I worked with Jerry at Emerson Customs from Jan 81 to Oct 83. Jerry was a dedicated Customs Inspector and he had a lot of pride in his work. I was a rookie Customs Inspector and Jerry was quick to mentor me and show me the "right way" to do things. I always appreciated Jerry's help and relied on his Customs knowledge and experience. Jerry had a great sense of humor, was quick with a one-liner, and he always enjoyed a lively conversation. Working with Jerry meant doing a good job while having a lot of laughs. Jerry was a good friend to everyone and a great guy to work with. When Jerry would speak about his family it was obvious that he was a very proud and devoted family man. My sincere condolences to his family. Greg Boswick - Posted by: Greg Boswick (Friend & Fellow C.I. ) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • Sad to hear this... Jerry was a good high school friend We played in the same band. Good times to new remembered. I am richer for having Jerry in my life. RIP brother Joe Hrankowski - Posted by: Joe Hrankowski (friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • We have lost an individual that was larger than life. An unforgettable coworker, friend, volunteer firefighter, and entertainer. Jerry was an accomplished fiddle player and loved music. Often one to push the envelope he disliked wearing a uniform tie, would only wear custom made uniform shirts to fit his neck size, and was a "consumer tester" for Sears as almost everything that he purchased there was returned as being no good..after he was finished with it. He was quite the carpenter having built his own home in his "free time" and cut miles of plywood to top the Emerson dikes during the Flood of the Century in 1997. Jerry's favourite saying at work was "Don't worry be happy" and succeeded in making a person smile. Rest in Peace our Friend! - Posted by: Bill & Yvonne Spanjer (Friends) on: Aug 08, 2020

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