Gerry passed away on April 24, 2013, in Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the age of 87 years, with his family by his side.
He will be lovingly remembered by his four children, Annette Kovach of Vernon, BC, David LeBlanc of Calgary, Alberta, Terry LeBlanc of Lethbridge, Alberta, and Mark LeBlanc of Maple Ridge, BC, along with their spouses; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Jacqueline Dolan of Vernon, BC; his brother, Roland LeBlanc of Kamloops, BC; his sister, Deanna Wagner of Kamloops, BC; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Angela; his brother, Edgar LeBlanc; and his sister, Rhea Sankey.
Gerry was born on March 15, 1926, in Montreal, Quebec, and came to Lumby, BC, where he grew up. After a short stint in Ocean Falls, BC, he moved to Revelstoke, BC, to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway. As a dashing young trainman he met his future wife Angela, who was helping her sister Frances and her husband Walter in Stoney Creek, BC, after the birth of their daughter Bernadette. They soon married in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised their four children in Revelstoke. Near the end of his career, Gerry moved to Vernon where he retired. He enjoyed dancing and hockey but his passion was fishing. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a charter member in Revelstoke.
Cremation preceded a Prayer Service which will be held at Our Lady Of The Valley Catholic Church on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 7 pm. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated there on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2 pm with Reverend Father Dale Normandeau celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Nicholas Cemetery.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Gerry to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 1589 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 5Y7.
We, Gerald’s family wish to thank Dr. Gilhooly and his staff as well as the Interior Health staff who assisted us during this time.
Funeral arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 | 250-542-1187