OBITUARY

Gerhard "Gerry" Hesselink

October 1, 1939July 20, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gerry on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Brampton Civic Hospital surrounded by family. Predeceased by his parents Paul and Gerritje Hesselink, brother Herman, and infant daughter Katie. Beloved husband of Margaret (nee McLellan) for 56 wonderful years. Loving father of Mark, Suzanne Barwell (Bruce), Karyn Maunders (Ryan), Lori (Eugene Uyeda), and Matthew. Cherished grandfather of Emma, Keegan, Cullen, Maisie, and Nevyn. Survived by his sister Lucy Johnston (Clyde), and his sister-in-law Jane Hesselink. Fondly remembered by the extended Barwell, Maunders and Uyeda families. Gerry was born in Brummen, The Netherlands. After surviving the war and the Occupation of Holland, he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1953. His family settled in Oshawa, ON. Gerry very proudly became a Canadian citizen in 1962. He worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for many years. Gerry met the love of his life Margaret, who had moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia, and was also working for the Bank of Nova Scotia. They fell in love and then married on June 6, 1964. Gerry’s career took them back to The Netherlands, this time to Rotterdam. But they were not alone, as their first baby was on the way. What a surprise though, when twins Mark and Suzanne arrived! Their next posting was in St Maarten in the Caribbean for a year. Then in 1970, Gerry and Margaret came back to Canada to settle, and bought their first house in Pickering, ON. After settling in, Gerry and Margaret lovingly expanded their family to include Karyn, Lori and Matthew! Boy they were busy! Shortly thereafter, Gerry left the bank to start his second career with W Ralston Canada Inc where he worked in Bramalea for many years. In 1980, Gerry and Margaret moved the family to Bramalea, ON. In 1981 baby Katie was born, but was sadly lost to the family at the age of 9 days. The next years were very fulfilling as Gerry and Margaret raised their children, and Gerry always found time to enjoy his gardening. During this time he also loved to support and encourage his children in their sports and hobbies. After about 30 years with W Ralston Inc, Gerry retired in 2005. Family was the most important part of Gerry’s life, whom he loved with his whole heart, and whom he was always so tremendously proud of. His family will greatly miss his humour, love and guidance.

Anyone who had the privilege of meeting Gerry knows that he was an incredibly loving and generous man. Gerry will be missed by all but never forgotten.

A private family funeral service will take place at Andrews Community Funeral Centre on July 25, 2020. A private interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gerry’s memory may be made to the William Osler Health System Foundation-Brampton Civic Hospital.

We welcome you to share your memories and pictures below.

Services

  • Private Family Visitation & Service (*Restrictions)

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

  • Private Interment (*Restrictions)

    Saturday, July 25, 2020

Memories

Gerhard "Gerry" Hesselink

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Yanet, Larry, keana, Nailani Cavero

July 25, 2020

We are so honored and blessed to have met such a wonderful man, always smiling and ready to have a conversation.
Such an amazing grandfather, father and father in law to our neighbours. We will always remember your funny and interesting stories.
Our deepest condolences to his family. and may he rest in peace in the Glory of God.

With love.
The Caveros

Andrea Farrell

July 25, 2020

Such a sweet soul, thank you for helping to raise a wonderful daughter who I am privileged to call my friend. I will always have wonderful memories, more recently, watching the kids play soccer and baseball. You came to as many games as you could, rain or shine, cheering all the kids, and always smiling. Although you will be greatly missed, your smile will remain in everyone’s heart you touched.

Cullen Maunders

July 24, 2020

Oh Grandpa... Where do I even start. You have got to be one of the most special, amazing, kindhearted, and loving person I have ever met. I have so many great memories with you and they will never be forgotten. All the things you did with me growing up were an absolute treat, and I couldn't have asked for a better grandfather. All the little things that you, Grandma, and I did were nothing but blessings, and I am truly thankful for having you in my life. I remember when you would pick me up from school, and I thought to myself how you would always be there to help someone when they needed it. I will also never forget when I would come over to cut your lawn and even thought I would tell you that I can move the swing set myself, you would always watch me and the second I got near it, you would run out to help me move it.
The big and little things that you not only did for me but for all the people who you loved, and loved you is truly amazing and I could never thank you enough for any of that. Thank you for being such and inspiring person in my life and many others, and you will always have a place in my heart.
Your Grandson, Cullen

james migliore

July 23, 2020

I met Gerry and Marge back in May 2004 when I moved next door to them in Brampton. I've always said you can choose where you want to live, but you can't decide who your neighbors will be. I was very lucky to have Gerry and Marge as my closest neighbors.

In the 16 years that I have known Gerry I can honestly say that I have never met a more friendlier and genuine person. Whenever I needed to borrow a garden tool or his ladder or get some kind of gardening advice, Gerry would always be happy to help. If I was doing some kind of renovation, Gerry would always come over to check things out and say "the inspector is here" lol.

In the warmer months of the year, Gerry would spend a lot more time outside gardening or just sitting on the porch with Marge. I always looked his way to see if he was outside just so I can receive a warm greeting from him. Even when I would drive off, Gerry would always wave at me.

Gerry you will be sadly missed. May you rest in peace,

Your friend James.

Pat Deyarmond

July 23, 2020

We first met Gerry and Marge at a Cidery when their daughter
asked if they could share our table..
So my husband Terry , having a super sweet too went to check the
cakes, cookies etc and came back to 3 strangers at our table..Terry
is also from Nova Scotia as well so conversation was no problem.
We went there for most of our vacations and discovered that we
had stopped quite a few of the same hotels and restaurents
When they were leaving Gerry wrote down their home phone and
asked us to call so we could arrange to get together.
We enjoyed so many lunches and dinners with both Gerry and Marge and will continue to be in touch with Marge and will miss
Gerry very much..He was a very sweet man

Suzane Barwell

July 23, 2020

The legacy of our Dad. This was taken Thanksgiving 2016.

Karyn Maunders

July 23, 2020

Dad and Aunt Lucy at Dad's 80th birthday party last October, this is what Dad normally looks like when he is around family!

Suzanne Barwell

July 23, 2020

Michelle Paolone

July 22, 2020

In the 1970s, when the Hesselink family lived in Pickering Village, many of the local children would spend time at their house (often in the backyard) and 9/10 times, Mr. Hesselink would be there too working in the "tuin" (Dutch for garden).
When the family moved to Bramalea, they were missed but thankfully, after many years, Suzanne and I had been able to reconnect. Our deepest condolences for your loss. May God's grace bring strength, comfort, and healing in this time of sorrow. Michelle (de Tombe) Paolone and family.

Patsy Gibson

July 22, 2020

My husband Dennis and I knew Gerry through his sister Lucy, our contact with him and Marge wasn't often but you didnt have to meet Gerry more than once to know what a wonderful man he was. He will be missed.
Our sincerest condolences to Marge and family

Dennis and Pat

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