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Born: Apr 17, 1936

Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2021

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April 17, 1936 - January 11, 2021

Peacefully with family at his side, Grandpa Gerry passed away.
He leaves many to mourn his passing, his daughter Cary and her husband Steven and their children, Elizabeth and Cameron; his son Jonathan and his children, Sophie and Charlotte; his son Chris and his partner Amanda and their children, Taylor, Kennedy, Madison, Bethany and Lucas; his son Andrew and his wife Erin and their children, Bennett and Emilia; and his brothers, Glen, Erling and Eric.
Gerald grew up and attended Public School and high school in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, working first in a bowling alley, then for the telephone system. He started as an air traffic controller in 1957, serving first in Winnipeg, then Toronto, Thunder Bay, Regina, and eventually Winnipeg where he retired in 1996 after a career of more than 39 years.
He met his wife, Penny while they were both playing in the Regina Symphony in 1961, and they were married in 1962. They were married for over 46 years, until her passing in 2009. Gramma Penny played such a huge role in everyone's life, and after her passing, Gerry kept up with recognizing all of the special days.
Dad worked very hard to provide for his family. He loved his grandkids, and was passionate about time, weather, classical music, electronics, movies, and especially The Goon Show. He took pride in everything he owned and took great care to preserve their integrity regardless of how much duct tape it took. Gerry was always very generous with his time and talents.
As his best friend Jim Koehler stated "it is the end of an era".
Thank you to the caring staff at the Grace Hospital, unit 4S, especially Janina.
A memorial will be planned for a later date.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.

For those who wish to sign the online
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Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I first met Gerry when I was posted to Regina as an ATC trainee in 1961. I liked him instantly and found that we shared many interests including electronics and classical music (in spite of the fact that it stretches my ability to even play the stereo system) and I attended many Regina Symphony Orchestra concerts when he played with the orchestra. I chose Gerry as my OJI when I began training in Winnipeg terminal because I knew he would be fair and correct. I always looked forward to visiting with him at our retirement breakfasts and I shall miss him greatly. My condolences to the entire family. Sincerely, Ralph Frith - Posted by: Ralph Frith (former colleague) on: Jan 19, 2021

  • I was lucky to be able to work many ATC shifts with Gerry. I always enjoyed his company as we shared many laughs. Gerry was an extremely good controller and was able to maintain that high standard right to the end of his long career. Favorite Gerry tale: Air traffic was heavy and a small plane called Gerry advising that it was overhead .. 'ingly'. Gerry turned to us and said where the hell is 'Ingly'! As we looked at him and laughed, he finally realized that the pilot had said over 'Headingly'. I regret I never got to hear him play. Maybe someday. - Posted by: gordon fines (co-worker) on: Jan 18, 2021

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, Chris, Jon and Andy. My condolences at this difficult time. - Posted by: Cheryl Moore (Former classmate) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • I am sorry to hear about Gerrys passing Condolences to the family. I worked with Gerry for a few years. - Posted by: Dale Hannah (Friend ) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Gerry was my air traffic control instructor in Regina for a few weeks when I was a wet-behind-the-ears teenager. His unique demeanor made a lasting impression and I was always glad to bump into him when our career paths crossed. Sincere condolences to the family, especially Glen with whom I also worked in the ATC school. - Posted by: Glenn Schwartz (former trainee) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • My condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure of working with Gerry for many years...and there was never a dull day when he was around. I’ll miss his no nonsense self at our retirement breakfasts! - Posted by: Eric Glass (Co-worker) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Mead family. Dan Desnoyers, long time neighbour. - Posted by: Dan Desnoyers (Long time neighbour) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Hi Jon. Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. My mom passed this on to me. Hope you and your siblings are there for each other. I haven’t felt that sting yet. I do recall as a kid being in your home and seeing your dad’s collection of music but on reel to reel. Very old school but very cool. It’s been a long time sir. Hope you and your family are well. Again. Sorry for this loss - Posted by: Kevin Moore (Friend) on: Jan 16, 2021

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