11 May , 19329 January , 2019

(Retired employee of General Motors Canada; Member of Unifor)

Passed away peacefully at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 at the age of 86 years. Dearly beloved husband of Rosario "Chato" (nee Baclig). Loving father of Deems, Brad, Ray (Sofjia). Survived by grandchildren Julia and Isobel. Dear brother of Rika Moesker and predeceased by siblings Lukas and Jan. A private gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to the COURTICE FUNERAL CHAPEL 1587 Highway #2, Courtice (905-432-8484). Online condolences may be made at


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Greta Clarke

23 January 2019

Wow, it is so nice to hear all of these memories from near and far about our Uncle Gerry (as we called him). He truly was larger than life and filled a room with his passionate beliefs. We, a family of all girls certainly found it entertaining to spend time with that brood of boys and Uncle Gerry at the helm. We loved and still love his first wife Tina and were so grateful that he found love again with such a beautiful woman and partner in Chato who supported him with love to his last day. He would pull strings whenever we went to Cuba to ensure that we got the first class treatment that he was so proud of. Like him, we truly enjoyed the culture and people there. My mom is the last living member of that family of 5 that immigrated to Canada in 1952. Uncle Gerry will be missed by all of us and we truly hope that your heart will heal Chato. Hold all those wonderful memories near to your heart. Our sympathy also goes to Brad, Ray and Deems our "boy" cousins. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.


Annette Canata

14 January 2019

Our family have so many happy and often hilarious memories of Gerrit, our larger than life cousin.
And yet for me, it was a time of sorrow that I remember most, when he crossed the pond to Scotland and with his big heart and kindness made me smile again, that will live with me forever.
A big man with a big heart has left us with great sadness but with lots of lovely memories. Thanks for the memories.
And our wish for you dear Chato is that with time all your lovely memories of Gerrit will one day make you smile and laugh again.
Our thoughts are with you Chato. Don’t be a stranger.
All our love
Annette, Vic, Giulia and Christopher xx

Michael Laxer

14 January 2019

I met Gerrit through his political activism and was immediately impressed by his commitment to social justice, the fights of working people and the need to build a new society. I am very sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences and solidarity to his friends and family. Rest in Peace Comrade.

Don Nicholls

14 January 2019

I have known Gerrit for over 60 years. During the 1960's at any NDP fund raising dance held from Newcastle to Pickering you would find Gerrit (Gerry as we called him then). he was passionate about his love for people and saw Socialism as the only way to equality and the end of poverty. We attended many meetings together over the years. I especially enjoyed our lunches and discussions over a "cup of tea". He was very well read and I learned a great deal from him. He will be truly missed. Deepest condolences from Sue, myself and our family to Chato and Family. Rest in Peace Gerrit; thanks for your friendship.

Harry and Barbara Mcalister

13 January 2019

Our deepest condolences to Chato and Gerrit's family circle on your loss. Gerrit was a good friend and comrade with an infinite and passionate sense of injustice. His support for Cuba and its people never wavered and inspired me. Rest in Peace Gerrit.

Chris White

13 January 2019

My deepest condolences to Chato and Gerrit ‘s family on your loss. We all lost a brother in arms in the struggle for workers rights and social justice for all. Rest in pease Comrade.

Anjali Olthof

13 January 2019

Truly I have lost a father figure, my mentor and a huge support in Canada..

Love you and miss you Daddy'O!


Cor and Wilma Gorissen

13 January 2019

Some years ago Wilma and I met Gerrit and Chato in Cuba. We visited the same hotel. A lovely couple. Gerrit was very much interested in the political developments in The Netherlands since he left. On the beach and in the lobby of the hotel we discussed all. Gerrit was a real causeur who had a strong opinion. However Cuba is a long flight from the Netherlands we went a second time and then Gerrit and Chato surprised us completely by appearing on the beach. Again we had a nice time. Chato and Gerrit were the best company we could have. Knowing not meeting Gerrit again makes us sad. A strong man passed away. Rest In Peace dear Gerrit.

Dawn and Steve Canonico

12 January 2019

Where to begin...
With tears and a smile, we remember the thirty-three years spent living next door to Gerrit and Chato. It was a rare day that we didn’t share time together... sometimes a few minutes, sometimes several hours, lunches, dinners and even trips to the cottage together. I can remember Gerrit and Steve and their friendly bickering over a coffee, or a “cup of tea”. Someone listening would think they were enemies, when in fact they were great friends and neighbours. Gerrit had a sense of humour that kept us on our toes. There was little we didn’t talk about. We couldn’t ask for better neighbours. Neighbours that became friends, friends that became family. We will miss Gerrit and are thankful for the many many years of wonderful memories to cherish. Chato, you are in our thoughts and have our deepest sympathies. We will continue to stand alongside you, as you are part of our family. xo

Zulema Hernandez

12 January 2019

With profound sadness I received the news of the lost of dear Gerrit.Knowing him and Chato for so many years.So many good memoires ,a pasionate for history,so sensitive,a great philantropous ,with a refine sense of humor,an endless lover of Cuba and his people.You will always be remembered in my heart and my family.'s as you were part of it.Your better half:Chato,as you called her,always took care and looked after you.Rest in peace dear Gerrito.You will be missed.