Gerald Edward Westgarde, better known as Jerry to many, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 18, 2015 in Edmonton. He was surrounded by his family every minute of his last days with all the love, care and attention that he deserved.
Jerry is survived by his loving family, his wife of 32 years Sherry, and his daughter Savannah. He will also be missed by his parents, Edward and Edna Westgarde, his sister Teresa (Doug) Stumpf and his brother Wesley (Stacey) Westgarde who dearly loved him and shared a close family bond.
Jerry was born in Smithers, BC on July 11, 1947. The mountains and outdoors called to Jerry and he was proud to call Houston his home. Jerry had many fond childhood memories of Houston and the area. He was a hunter, fisher, and prospector and could be found enjoying and exploring the Houston area. Working as an installation and repair man for BC Tel, Jerry enjoyed his work until his retirement.
Being a devoted Cancuck hockey fan, Jerry enjoyed watching games, which allowed him to relive the days when he played the game. Jerry was an avid sports fan and loved sports. He played baseball, badminton, and ping-pong.
Jerry enjoyed the simple things in life. Often, Jerry could be found at the local coffee shop where he would meet many friends from years gone by, allowing them to swap stories and talk of good times past.
Later in life, Jerry developed a strong spiritual faith and drew comfort from knowing that his suffering would be temporary and that he would be remembered by the Bible promise that all who die are held in Jehovah God’s memory awaiting a resurrection. This knowledge provided him the strength, courage, and ability to smile which is an inspiration to us.
A private memorial was held on May 30, 2015 in Houston B.C.