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Date of Passing: Apr 20, 2022

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On April 20, 2022, we lost our star. Gerald was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, sibling, uncle, friend, leader, counselor, educator, coach and positive role model to many. He left us too soon, but lived his life to the fullest every day.
He is survived by Cheryl, his wife of 40 years; his children, Amanda (Luc) and Brady (Carla) and his two grandchildren, Théo and Camille. He also leaves behind his siblings, Mark (Patricia), Claude (Lynne), Anne-Marie (Bill), Greg, Neil (Sheri), Conrad (Jo), Ellen-Louise (Henryk) and his siblings-in-law, Rob and Lisa (Mike). Gerald continues to live on through his family members including various nieces and nephews.
During his 65 years of life, Gerald seized each day and found joy in his life and work. He worked for 38 years as a teacher both in the classroom, in the gym and as a school counselor. He related to people and listened with an open mind, whether you were five or 85. Gerald had a passion for the outdoors and encouraged others to get outside. He walked to work at any temperature. He taught his own children and many more how to ski, swim, canoe, run, bike and play. He also enjoyed and supported many aspects of the Arts community. Gerald valued family above all and especially enjoyed spending time with his young grandchildren.
Gerald lived an exemplary healthy lifestyle. Recently diagnosed with lymphoma, his treatments were interrupted with more complications. The family would like to thank CancerCare Manitoba for their initial care. As well, we wish to acknowledge the compassionate efforts of the dedicated Brandon Intensive Care Unit during his last weeks.
A Celebration of Life will occur on Sunday, May 1 at Westworth United Church at 2:30 p.m. (proof of vaccination and masks required.) Gathering with refreshments will follow at Sir John Franklin Community Centre to open at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice.

White's Funeral Home – Minnedosa
in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 23, 2022

Condolences & Memories (33 entries)

  • Dear Cheryl and Amanda We are so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing and we send you our heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Cristina Molinari & Stan Wiebe (Former colleagues) on: May 18, 2022

  • We are devastated to hear of your loss. Our loss. The loss of every child who was calmed by his kind heart and soothing ways. Our thoughts are with you and he will always be in our thoughts. - Posted by: Prodaehl family (Students) on: May 12, 2022

  • Sending caring thoughts and comforting hugs to you Cheryl and your family during this sad time. May fond memories of times spent together support you in the days ahead. Gerald was a wonderful colleague already ready with a warm smile and a listening ear for everyone who he encountered. He was also one of my daughter's favorite gym teachers when he taught at Dieppe. He inspired us all to be better people. Sharing deepest sympathy as you remember Gerald in the days ahead. - Posted by: Deb Radi (Abraham) (colleague) on: May 04, 2022

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Both my kids had the privilege of having M. Davis as a teacher and counsellor. I could always tell he cared deeply for his students. It was also always a pleasure to see him (and Cheryl) walking down the Harte Trail. - Posted by: Ella Munro (Parent of students) on: May 02, 2022

  • Gerald will be remembered as an exemplary Phys. Ed teacher and staff member, motivating not only students but his colleagues to keep active and get involved. He also brought humour to stressful times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. - Posted by: Louise Paas (Colleague ) on: May 02, 2022

  • Cheryl, our deepest condolences to you, Amanda, Brady and families. Working with Gerald was always a pleasure. His calm, sensible nature was appreciated by everyone. Together we had several opportunities to take kids to camp and Gerald taught us to canoe on the Seine River. And then our recent experience at the Electrical Museum prior to Covid brought us together again. He will be deeply missed. We had planned on attending the funeral today but our granddaughter has just tested positive so we will need to isolate for the week. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you all. - Posted by: Gordon Campbell (Colleague ) on: May 01, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. His positive, warm and caring demeanor was so appreciated. He was genuine, approachable and made people feel comfortable and supported. Condolences to Cheryl and family on this painful loss. - Posted by: Evelyn Bridgeman (Colleague ) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • I was blessed to have had the opportunity to work with Gerald. I appreciated his calm and positive demeanour, and admired his ability to create (and make time) for the relationships he built with students and colleagues. He made all students and staff he worked with feel comfortable, able and supported. My condolences and heartfelt prayers to the whole family. May you find comfort in knowing that his legacy lives on in the lives he touched. - Posted by: Monaliza Vianzon (Colleague) on: Apr 30, 2022

  • Sending your family my deepest condolences. Gerald was such a fabulous colleague/teacher - so kind, energetic and positive - always had time to listen to kids, parents and colleagues with a caring heart and genuine interest. - Posted by: Debra Morrissey (Colleague ) on: Apr 29, 2022

  • Our deepest condolences Cheryl and family. It saddens us to hear of Gerald’s passing. His warm smile and sparkling eyes were always a pleasant greeting when we crossed paths at the lake or on trails in Charleswood. Our grandkids were blessed to have him as a physical education teacher and were blessed to be touched by his joy for life and the wilderness. May memories comfort you all. You were blessed. - Posted by: Sandi Ferguson (Colleague) on: Apr 29, 2022

  • My wife Cathy and I are still in disbelief as it seemed like only yesterday we talked to Gerald and Cheryl as they walked past our house as they had they had done so many times over the many years we'd been neighbours. We do not meet many people in our lives that project such a positive attitude a Gerald did. Our sincere condolences to his whole family for such an immense loss. - Posted by: Doug Coates (neighbour and friend) on: Apr 29, 2022

  • So so sorry Cheryl, to hear of Gerald’s passing. He will remain in our hearts and minds as an energetic, kind physical educator who always shared his positive outlook and enthusiasm with both colleagues and students. He brightened all of our days. Heartfelt condolences are sent your way. - Posted by: Kim Sauder (Coworker) on: Apr 28, 2022

  • Cheryl, my heart aches for you as you deal with this painful loss. May you find comfort in the happy memories of the time you spent together. - Posted by: Rafeya Hartung (Colleague) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • My deep and heartfelt condolences to Cheryl and family. Gerald was a gem of a man, and his passing is a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. - Posted by: Cam Grier (Co-worker of Cheryl) on: Apr 27, 2022

  • I am so dismayed to hear of Gerald’s passing at such a young age. Gerald was a wonderful colleague whose enthusiasm and sense of humour were contagious. Beyond that, he was also a deeply caring and responsible human being. I had the pleasure of working with Gerald, and later, at another school, with his wife Cheryl. My very deepest condolences to you and your family, Cheryl. - Posted by: Nancy (Davison) Fraser (Co-worker of Gerald and Cheryl) on: Apr 26, 2022

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family - Posted by: Bob Mauthe (Co-worker) on: Apr 26, 2022

  • I am in shock! He was a truly kind-hearted soul who never thought twice about putting the students needs first. He was my rock when I was going through many difficulties with my son Eric. He came every day for quite awhile to walk him to school just to make sure his day started off in a positive way. He was one in a million and his kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. I am truly going to miss him. My condolences to his family and all who loved and cared for him. - Posted by: Shannon Kowalski (Friend) on: Apr 26, 2022

  • I was fortunate to work with three of the Davis family educators. Gerald was such a pillar of calm strength in the halls of our school. As it was mentioned, he knew how to talk to people. I remember many a conversation about particularly challenging students, art, our alma mater Kelvin, and how to best to care for of ourselves. I have such fond memories of the laughs we shared with colleagues on the gorgeous deck overlooking their beautiful yard. Although it’s been a while since we’ve spoken, I can still hear his calming voice and I will remember Gerald for a long time. Merci pour les beaux souvenirs, cher professeur. - Posted by: Glenda Broughton (Colleague) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • My heartfelt thoughts are with you and your family, Amanda. Treasure the many memories and the foundation of love your dad left with all of you. - Posted by: Peggy Hobson (friend) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • My sincere sympathies to you Cheryl & your entire family. A loved one lost far too young. May you all treasure Gerald’s memory and his life lived to the fullest. 💞🦋 - Posted by: Wendy Gainsborough (Wpg Philharmonic chorister with Cheryl) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • My sincere sympathies to you Cheryl & your entire family. A loved one lost far too young. May you all treasure Gerald’s memory and his life lived to the fullest. 💞🦋 - Posted by: Wendy Gainsborough (Wpg Philharmonic chorister with Cheryl) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • Heartfelt condolences to the entire Davis family. - Posted by: Brenda Stewart (co-worker of Cheryl and Amanda) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • I am so sorry for the Davis family. Gerald was as nice a person to work with as one could imagine. - Posted by: Doug Barry (client) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • My condolences to you Cheryl and the rest of the family during this time. - Posted by: Linda Eden (coworker of Cheryl) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • Think of you and your family, Cheryl. - Posted by: Tracy Robinson (coworker) on: Apr 25, 2022

  • My condolences to Cheryl and the rest of Gerald's family and the Davis family. Gerald was a warm, giving and kind person and a hard-working and gifted educator. It is an honour to have known and worked with Gerald. - Posted by: Steve Fitzjohn (Co-worker) on: Apr 24, 2022

  • Deepest condolences to Cheryl and the Davis family. - Posted by: Catherine Birch (Friend) on: Apr 24, 2022

  • We were fortunate to work with Gerald and Cheryl be it for a short was a great pleasure to be in the company of this quiet, passionate teacher who always was so pleasant and helpful to everyone. So sorry he was taken away so early. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Harry Dyal and Sheila Dyal. (Co workers at Peguis Central School.We kne) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. - Posted by: Rob and Val Loudfoot (Family friend) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • I had the pleasure of working with Gerald for many years and was always impressed by his calm, caring demeanour, positive attitude and his endless energy. During his role as school counselor his door was always open and he made time for everyone. My heartfelt condolences to Cheryl, Brady. Amanda, and the entire Davis family. - Posted by: Kim Olson-Vincent (colleague) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • My deepest condolences go out to the Davis family. - Posted by: Mike Love (Friend ) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • My condolences to all members of the Davis family. I have fond memories growing up with Gerald. The old neighborhood was great, with all still etched in my mind. RIP. Gerry Taylor - Posted by: Gerry Taylor (freind) on: Apr 23, 2022

  • Gerald was a thoughtful, kind, considerate man. He was a dedicated, caring co-worker and a wonderful, compassionate educator. He will be missed by so many. It was a pleasure and a privilege to know him. - Posted by: Jean Fogg (Co worker) on: Apr 23, 2022

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