Obituary of Gerald Leduc
On Thursday September 10th, surrounded by family, Gerry Leduc passed away at the Welland County General Hospital. He leaves behind his two daughters Lori (Tom) and Lisa (Kevin). The great joy of Gerry’s life were his grandchildren: Andrew (Heather), Peter (Julie), Matthew, Jesse, and Sedona. They each have many happy memories of times spent with their grandpa/poppa on trips and visits, or even just playing in the pool. Gerry’s time with his three great-grandchildren Stephen, Hannah and Abigail was cut too short. Gerry will be truly missed by many relatives including his siblings, nieces and nephews; and especially by his niece Sandra James. Gerry was predeceased by Carol, his wife of 59 years; his brother Lorenzo and two sisters Bertha and Yvette.
Born in Ottawa and raised in Field Ontario, Gerry moved to Toronto and worked for CN Rail before becoming a fire fighter. Gerry started with the Mimico Fire Department and then became a captain on the Etobicoke Fire Department. He and Carol raised their daughters in Etobicoke and enjoyed weekend trips with family and friends to their winter cottage in Haliburton. Avid travelers, Gerry and Carol took early retirement and became snowbirds using their RV to travel to Mexico and Florida, eventually becoming regulars in Mesa, Arizona. Gerry was very proud of being a Mason and a Shriner in the Rameses Temple.
Settling in Port Colborne 25 years ago, he transferred from the Leaside Shrine Club to Port Colborne-Welland Shrine Club where he was President in 2000. Gerry was an active fundraiser for the Club and chair of the clown corps for many years; he was also a regular driver for children getting treatment at the Erie, PA Shrine Hospital. Gerry was very involved in Christ Church in Wainfleet where he also helped with various fundraisers and served as a Warden.
Everyone he met was touched by Gerry’s caring way and sense of humour. His passing will be felt by many within the Niagara community. The two years without his wife Carol were very difficult him. It is a great comfort to the family in their time of grief to know that Gerry and Carol are finally reunited. As per his wishes, Gerry was cremated and he will be interred during a private family ceremony. A memorial service to celebrate Gerry’s rich life will be held at 2pm on Saturday October 10th 2015 at ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME AND CHAPEL, 179 Clarence St., Port Colborne. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations made in Gerry’s memory to either the Montreal Shriners Hospital 1-800-361-7256 or Aroostook Relay for Life www.relayforlife.org/aroostookme (choose participant Lisa Leduc) Online condolences available at www.armstrongfuneralhome.ca.
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