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Born: Jan 17, 1930

Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2021

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It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald Edwin McArthur. Gerry drifted off on August 29, 2021. The last six years had been difficult, as dementia robbed him of himself.
Born in Winnipeg January 17, 1930, he is survived by his daughter Lori Hopkins and son-in-law Alan Hopkins; partner in crime and best buddy Bill Higham.
Gerry was predeceased by his wife Heather; father Cecil McArthur; mother Geraldine Brisebois; step-father Laurier Brisebois and brothers, Jim and John McArthur.
He joined the Royal Canadian Navy Air Division as a 17 year old lad, where he started his career in Aviation by getting his Aircraft Mechanics License on Aircraft Carriers. His time in the industry saw him work as a mechanic/engineer, pilot, flight teacher and consultant owning two of his own businesses, GEM Air Ltd., a federally licensed Airstrip and float plane base with his wife Heather and Vega Aviation Helicopter Charter and Flight School.
Gerry lived a long, full and adventurous life. Gerry was a going concern and was always up to something. Activities and hobbies were many and varied, RVing, travel, music, chess, old movies, dancing, gardening, golfing, fishing, socializing with friends and family, being a Freemason and Shriner, his 1942 Harley he rebuilt and rode in parades, and of course Aviation. Gerry was always available to lend a hand, help a friend and even a stranger. He was tinkering, fixing and always doing something.
He spun a great yarn and it was a treat to listen to him talk about being a young man in the Navy, working in the arctic and his travels around the world.
Gerry will be cremated according to his wishes. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
To those that so desire, a donation to The Khartum Shrine Patient Transportation Fund, Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba can be made.
Lori and Alan would like to thank Thorvaldson Care Center for their compassion and caring.

"Every man dies - Not every man lives."
- W.R. Wallace

Gerry lived life to the fullest.

Family and friends may sign a Book of
Condolence at

Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Norah babora tiddly tora, two legged, toe legged, bow legged Norah. I can still hear your Dad singing this to me. He was definitely larger than life. Great memories. Hugs my dear friend. Love you. - Posted by: Norah (Friend) on: Sep 05, 2021

  • Rest in Peace my friend. - Posted by: Tannis Browning (friend) on: Sep 04, 2021

  • I have many great memories of uncle Gerry at all of our family gatherings! We were blessed to always have great tunes full of laughter and love! May he be hanging out with everyone in heaven! Rest In Peace! Love and prayers! - Posted by: Pamela Sangster (Cousin) on: Sep 04, 2021

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