Gerhard "Jerry" Gustav Wietzke
January 7, 1951 – March 19, 2021
Jerry Wietzke passed away suddenly on March 19, 2021 at 70 years young.
Loving husband to Ann of 49 years; father of Lisa, Victoria, BC and Graham, Calgary, AB; dear brother of Wolf (Lori) of Salem, ON, Roger (Audrey) of Gainesville, MO, Marly of Comox, BC, Wilf of Kelowna, BC, Linda (Tim) of Cochrane, AB and Janet (Steve) of Durham, ON; Opa to Tavish of Victoria, B.C.; uncle Jer to Meggin (Brad), Morgan (Warren), Kristin, Kurt, Jasmine (Justin), Danielle, Tyson, Ashley (David), and Tyler (Alex) Matt (Tusa), Emma (Nik).
Jerry was predeceased by his parents Kurt 1993 and Adele 2014 and grandson Mason 2010.
Jerry, as we all knew him, was born in Germany on January 7, 1951 at Gaarz, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1953 with his parents Kurt and Adele and brother Wolfgang settling near Georgetown, ON.
In his later teens, Jerry attended Fanshawe College in London, ON, completing the Machinist program, receiving top marks in his class. He later obtained his Millwright ticket and worked many years in the oil and gas construction industry, before becoming involved with writing pipeline estimating software. Jerry loved life and lived it to the absolute fullest. He had many, many passions. First and foremost was his love of cars and rebuilding them and racing them in his teens. His latest project was concours restoration of a 1970 Mach1 Cobra Jet Mustang. This was his absolute passion and his attention to detail was unmatched.
He moved west in the early 70s. Loved the mountains, camping, dirt biking, horseback riding (King and Shorty), skiing, hunting and fishing. There was nothing Jerry never tried at least once. Then the ocean called and the family was off with the boat going on many voyages in and around the B.C. coast. After their boating days, Jerry bought his final 2-wheel ride a 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT and those amazing bike tours began, the Oregon Coast being one of many. If there was fun to be had, Jerry was in the center of it and led the charge. His good buddies will remember them with a laugh. Family gatherings always had Jerry cooking up a storm and sharing some of his famous “Oysters Rockefeller” with music playing (loudly) in the background and a glass of wine in hand. There may have been a dance or two around the kitchen island.
Jerry’s smile and zest for life will be missed by us all.
There will be no formal service at this time, but if all our lives return to normal a future get together might be arranged.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Jerry’s memory directly to the Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society, (http://www.cfbts.org/donate/).
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Gerhard "Jerry" Gustav Wietzke
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March 31, 2021
I met Jerry in 1980 when I was 20yrs old. I just moved to Calgary. I married his younger sister Linda in 1984.
Over the 40 yrs I've had the best memories of my life with Jerry. The list includes Camping trips from Indian Graves to Mara Lake, fishing trips at God's Lake to the West Coast, Hunting on horseback at Chain Lakes, playing Oldtimers Hockey with the Chestermere Lakers for 9 yrs, the many rounds of Golf and countless Flames and Stamperers Games that were the best.
Jerry loved great food and we had some of the best meals anyone could ever wish for!
Graham said to me that Jerry never did anything half Ass'd and I would most certainly agree to that.
I always looked up to Jerry like a Dad at times, big Brother and a great Friend.
I know we will all miss him terribly and I know we will always be way better people because of how he help guide us and lead by example!
I hope he has the best Mustang in Heaven and the Fishing is beyond!
March 25, 2021
Well Oscar, as Don put it, there were many times you showed us the ropes. I remember me at about 5 or 6 years old I was in the top bunk, sleeping. I wouldn't get up for breakfast when mom called. Yup, you took charge, climbed up the bed and shot me in the butt with a pistol bee bee gun. That was your first experience with a gun, dad took care of that one.
There were so many stories when I was out west with you and the guy's. You always took the lead in a good way. How about the time you and Anne took us to see Phantom of The Opera. That was a great time you showed us.
How about the time I blew the trany in my 240z Datsun. I drove it all the way from Saskatoon to Calgary with only 3rd and 4th gear. I took out the trany and dismantled it . I found out it was only a shear pin that snapped. I went out and got a new one which cost 40 cents, wow, almost broke me. Could I get the trany back together, not. You came home from work and just slapped it back in it's place with no issues.
That's how you were. I/we always loved the way you took charge.
Your gonna be missed but I know one thing , Gods in your hands now and he will take care of you. Next time we meet, maybe I'll
be able to teach you something you've missed. LOL
I/we miss you bro. PS: Stay away from Mustangs
Peter & Mary Judge
March 25, 2021
Ann, Graham and family,
It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected passing of Jerry. It is hard to believe that a guy who had such a love and passion for life is gone too soon.
Jerry and Peter first met in 1980 while working for Canyon Eng. and together they completed some major construction projects . They formed a friendship and respect for one another and decided to start their own company when Canyon closed down. Thus the formation of Tech Source Projects, a company that survived the restrictions of the NEP and hard times for the oil and gas industry. Jerry displayed the same passion for work as he did for life and gave his all to everything he set his mind to. Many major projects were completed along they way and many memories.
During this journey, Jerry peaked my interest in horse power, fishing and motorbikes. His great love of cars and speed lead to us custom factory ordering several vehicles with Jerry,s 110% imput and enthusiasm.
Along the way there was lots of fun and socializing:
Two trips to Grey Cup, one travelled by the Grey Cup train with lots of cocktails and fun . On the only stop Jerry pulled his magic and had hot pizza waiting and delivered.
Heading to a swap meet in Portland in search of Mustang parts, our car broke down in one of the Rogers Pass tunnels. Waiting for a tow truck, Jerry broke out the Crown Royal and by the time the driver
arrived we no longer cared . Made it to the swap meet a day late!!
A four day fishing trip to Poets Nook, Vancouver Island , myself, Jerry, Wilf and Mike. After three days of fishing I decided to stay back the last day and make supper for everyone. The weary fishermen were quite disappointed when I lost the whole pot on the rocks below while draining it. After many drinks a good laugh was had by all.
Jerry , a big guy with a big heart!! Thanks for all the memories, you will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences to all the family.
March 24, 2021
Jerry...It's been 5 days, and I still cannot believe I heard you have passed away. You are so responsible for many of my "firsts" in life. First time I ever had breaded Pike fillets at Tod Grants birthday, you made them. First time I ever shot a revolver was with you when we went for ride on your horses in Bragg Creek and used a beer can for a target. First time I ever was in the Tomahawk bar was with you and Gilder. First time I ever "Fished" for a steak from a balcony was in a high rise in Calgary and you got your fishing pole out and let a line down to a lower floor that was BBQ'ing steaks and they put some on the hook. First time I ever was on a boat (Cove Predator) that had GPS and we found our way back to the camp in the dark. First time I ever ate a BBQ'd Lake Trout fresh caught without a barbed hook was on your boat. First time I bought a pair of dirt biking boots, you pointed out the best pair at the time, and I bought them. First time I ever had a ride in a '51 Chevy, it was the black one you had. First time I ever had a Peter's Drive-In burger on 16th Ave was with you. I will ALWAYS remember my good times with you Oscar. I'm almost crying typing this, cause I'm really hoping someone will please tell me "it ain't so" Please!
March 24, 2021
Jerry was highly respected and a great mentor to me and many others through my years working at Tech-Source Projects. His work ethic, high expectations and attention to detail was second to none. He taught me a lot which has been very instrumental in my career development in the oil and gas industry. More recently, I will miss the conversations around the piping tool he was developing and the laughs along the way.
My deepest heartfelt condolences are with you and your family.
March 23, 2021
Ann and Graham,
I was so sorry to hear the news of Jerry. I have many great memories with you guys when Graham and I were little. He was simply larger than life and reading your stories of him made me smile. You'll be happy to know that my parents still bust out his Oysters Rockefeller recipe to this day! You guys are in our thoughts during this difficult time.