Gerald passed away at Joseph Creek Care Village after a long battle with ALS on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Gerry was born in Eckville, Alberta the son of Jerry and Dorothy Mottl. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Catherine “Ena”, son Karl, daughter-in-law Karen, 4 grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Ashley and Alexandra, brother Albert (Sharol), sisters Marian (Al), Joan, Jeraldine, Charlene (Dave) and Linda. He was predeceased by his son Michael in 2002.
Gerry joined the Canadian Navy in 1959 and while serving on the aircraft carrier “Bonaventure” on a visit to Belfast, N. Ireland in June 1965 met his wife Ena. They were married at Shearwater, N.S. April 16, 1966. Upon leaving the navy in 1974 the family moved to the Galloway area close to his father Jerry. Gerry worked at the Pole Yard at Galloway for 9 years and worked at Line Creek Mine as security, first aid and mine rescue coach for 21 years retiring in 2002. He lived at Baynes Lake for 30 years and was a founding member of the Baynes Lake Lions Club in 1979. Over the course of the next 35 Gerry served as Treasurer, Secretary, Vice President, President, Zone Chairman, Vice District Governor and District Governor of the Lions of District 19E. He returned to work at the Superstore in Cranbrook in 2008 until he had an accident in 2012 and finally retired for good. Gerry spent much time with his son, daughter-in-law, 2 grandsons and twin granddaughters, brother and sisters. He moved to Cranbrook in 2005 and enjoyed the wonderful neighbours and friends he made in town. Gerry will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
A funeral mass for Gerry was held at St. Joseph’s Church in Jaffray on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:00 am followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the ALS Society Of BC, 119, 1600 – West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1R3.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.