Obituary of Gerald James Oliver
October 15, 1932 – Adjala Township, Ontario
January 3, 2023 – Calgary, Alberta
On January 3, 2023, Gerry Oliver passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by family. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and especially by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry today.
Gerry lived a full and varied life. He was born in the small Ontario Township of Adjala, and he continued to live in the area with his parents and younger sister. He attended school in Palgrave and Orangeville before going on to graduate from University of Toronto in Engineering and a Master’s in Business.
Gerry met Lorraine whilst at school in Orangeville. They married in April of 1956 and started a family soon afterwards, with son John (deceased), and three daughters, Diane, Debra, and Michelle. The family lived in Fonthill, ON, Buckingham, QC, Beaconsfield, QC, and Scarborough, ON. Gerry and Lorraine moved to Calgary in 2000.
Gerry thoroughly enjoyed the lifestyle in Calgary with his love of skiing, curling, golfing, and fishing. He also had a passion for travel. He and Lorraine had many wonderful adventures all over the world. They especially enjoyed their cruises with Holland America.
Gerry was proud grandfather to Dylan, Esther, Connor, Emily, Marc, Kira, and Erin and great-grandfather to Mia. Gerry was a loyal and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was an active member of the Priddis Golf Club, Acadia Curling Club, and the Senior Alpine Ski Club right up until his final years.
Gerry is survived by his children; Diane Oliver, Debra Oliver, Michelle Oliver, son-in-law, Darcy McCully; grandchildren, Esther Maly, Emily Sczechowski, Dylan Oliver-Rose, Connor Oliver-Rose, Marc McCully, Kira McCully, Erin McCully, and great-granddaughter Mia Mulhearn.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation of Calgary, #1920, 540 – 5 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2P 0M2 or the Red Deer Lake United Church (West on Highway 22X past Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB).
A Celebration of Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences, memories, and photos can also be shared and viewed here.
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In living memory of Gerry, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.
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