August 3, 1946 - June 4, 2020
On Thursday June 4, 2020, after a prolonged battle with COPD, Jerry quietly passed away in the Grace General Hospital with his wife and daughter by his side.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara; daughter Kim (Derek) and grandchildren Haley, Brooke, and Christopher; and his amazing dog, Amy. He is also survived by his sister Cheryl (Mike), brothers-in-law Brian Sarna (Pat), Larry Mudge, Arthur Gingras, and their respective families; nephews Brad Sarna, Jason Mudge, Michael Gingras, George Gingras, and Robert Gingras and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Judy and son Christopher.
In keeping with Jerry's wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. That said, Jerry’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos and/or sharing your own memories and stories using the comment section on this page.
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He was a hardworking, responsible provider for his family. When the opportunity arose, he loved playing guitar with best friends Norm (Jean) and Derek (Bev). How he loved the music. Oh, the fun and laughter the six of them would share. Those were the days.
As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Jerry’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by visiting his tribute page at EthicalDeathCare.com. A photo-biography, as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him, are available there.
Jerry was born at the old Concordia Hospital August 3, 1946 in Winnipeg. When young he went to live for a time with his grandparents in Silver, MB. He loved spending time on the farm with his grandparents, especially his grandfather, with whom he shared a special bond.
Hockey was a big part of his youth and carried on into his adult life. He last played old-timer hockey for the Gateway Rusty Blades. He also enjoyed baseball and curling.
After he finished high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He remained in the forces for six years and in 1972 he earned his motor vehicle mechanics license. Also, during this time, he married Barb on August 5, 1966, adopted their son Christopher, who was born on July 15, 1969 and daughter Kim, who was born on May 26, 1971.
In winter the weekends were filled with tobogganing, skating, and cross-country skiing. The Folk Festival and small-town festivals took up some the summer weekends. Camping took up the rest. The family was accustomed to driving to different campgrounds; however, Singush Lake in the Duck Mountains was his favorite and the family spent most long weekends there.
Life took a big turn when the family moved to Faulkner, MB. Jerry worked at the power plant on the military base in Gypsumville, MB until it closed. At that time, they moved back to Winnipeg. While living in Faulkner there was a lot of time spent playing music and teaching woodworking in 4H. When Jerry and family moved back to Winnipeg he worked as a Millwright at McGavin's and Paulin Chambers.
He earned his Certificate of Qualification as a journeyman Industrial Mechanic and his Permanent Vocational Industrial Certificate (Industrial Mechanics). He excelled in this field, there was nothing he couldn't repair.
He got hired by South Winnipeg Technical College to be an instructor for adult students. He loved this and went out of his way for the students. At Christmas he would invite all his students and EA's for dinner.
After South Winnipeg Tech he did contract work for Workplace Education which sent him up to northern areas. He went up to Thompson mostly to teach trades to adult students. He loved those trips and always looked forward to the next trip. He completed his last trip to Thompson in August of 2016 at which time he had become too ill to continue.
"Jerry, you are loved and will be missed."
"Rest in peace."
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