Herman J. GERICK

Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2005 in Nanaimo Hospital after a brief and brave battle with cancer. Born in Ahaus, Germany July 16, 1935, making his journey to

Canada in 1955. Herman started his Canadian adventure working in the north on the pipeline, and over the years, he was involved in many business adventures before moving to Nanaimo and gaining the reputation as a builder of “Great Homes”. Herman moved his family to Penticton in 1978 where he operated an orchard, capitalizing on his training as a

horticulturist. The following year it was back to Nanaimo to open a new orchard, and then returning to contract building in the late 1980’s to finish his career. Herman was very well known for his beautiful deep singing voice, participating over the years with many vocal groups as well as taking part in theatre presentations in the mid-

island area, and his rendition of “Old Man River” was loved by all who heard it, but his greatest pleasure was spending time with his family and friends. Herman is survived by his loving wife Shirley of 43 years, and his daughters; Anne (Jeff) White, Beverly (Jon) Dolittle, Barb Lundy and Tam Lundy. “Opa” will be missed by his grandchildren: Josh and Ashley

Dolittle, Megan White, Ryan Parry, Andra Garrett, and Marco Lundy and

his great grandchildren: Tyanna Pollard and Michaela Stowell. He is also survived by his extended family including brothers: Ludy, Klaus,

Erwin, and Bernhard all of Nanaimo, also his sisters: Mary in Chilliwack and Christina in Germany.

A celebration of Herman’s life was held on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in the Unity Church of

Nanaimo, 2231A McGarrigle Rd., Nanaimo, B.C. The family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetic Assoc., 255-200 Island Hwy., North, Nanaimo, B.C. would be appreciated.

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