GERALD KENNETH GRAHAM
Gerry was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on December 9, 1941. He passed away suddenly on April 15, 2008 at his home in his adopted country Canada, that he loved so much. Beloved husband and best friend to his wife Valerie, master to his devoted and loyal companion Spencer, brother, brother-in-law, son-in-law and most importantly “fun” uncle to his treasured niece and nephews.
Gerry had an adventurous working life that included six months at Scott Base, Antarctica. He worked on The Manipouri Dam Project, South Island, New Zealand, the huge construction projects at Norman Wells in the NWT, Jenpeg in Northern Manitoba and the Tar Sands Projects at Fort MacMurray, Alberta. During his time in Norman Wells he spearheaded a volunteer project, building a Curling Rink for the local community. He worked on a farm in Surrey, England, and construction sites in Australia, Italy and the southern United States and in later years owned and operated his own business in Nanaimo, British Columbia. He enjoyed and valued greatly the comraderie of his “mates” around the world.
In difficult times Gerry was always the first one and sometimes the only one, to see the “Light at the end of the Tunnel”. In good times he enjoyed everything that life had to offer. He marvelled at the wonders of nature and had an abiding love for animals. He loved to shop and was affectionately labeled “The Gadget Man” by his favorite sister-in-law. Reading was a passion of his, and he knew the inside of every bookstore and magazine shop on the Island.
He was a “rock” to his wife Valerie and a kind and generous man to his family and friends.
To honour and respect Gerry’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Valerie asks that you remember him in your own special way.