OBITUARY

Mr. Gerald Leonard Benger

May 24, 1959July 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald Leonard Benger on July 1, 2019.

Gerry was a wonderful husband, father, uncle, son and friend. He is predeceased by his parents Corinne and Leonard Benger. Gerry will be cherished forever in the hearts of his wife Debbie; sons Matthew (Caitlynn) & Andrew; mother-in-law Rita; sister and brother-in-law Monique & Bill; nephews William, Alexander, Christopher; and brother-in-law Derek.

Gerry was born May 24, 1959 in Winnipeg. He grew up in St. James, attending Bruce Junior High, Silver Heights and The University of Winnipeg. Following university, he worked for the Province of Manitoba Geological Survey for 35 years where he made many lifelong friends. Gerry loved to play sports, he was an accomplished competitive swimmer from the time he was four years old, belonging to the St. James Seals and the Manitoba Masters Aquatic Club. He played water polo, hockey, and found great joy in pickle ball games in his later years. He inspired and influenced many as the coach of his sons' hockey and soccer teams. Gerry was an avid fan and loved watching and attending as many Jets and Bombers games as possible. He was a voracious reader and loved having discussions about books.

Gerry and the love of his life, Debbie, went on many adventures together, travelling to Europe, Orlando (he loved the theme parks), Disney Cruises and extended stays in Mexico following their retirement. Gerry would say the happiest place on earth was the family cottage at Laclu, Ontario. The cottage has been enjoyed by four generations. Summers were spent swimming, sailing, sitting by the campfire and card games with family and friends. Gerry adored his two sons, Matthew and Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Caitlynn (the daughter he always wanted). Gerry will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He will be remembered for his kindness, smile, generosity and quiet intelligence. Gerry was the rock of our family, he always went where he was needed.

A celebration of Gerry's life will be held on Friday, July 5th at 2:00 pm at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation. Thank you to our family and friends for their overwhelming love and support during this difficult time. Life is precious, give a hug to a loved one.

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Susan Michaels

July 8, 2019

Prayers for the family. I enjoyed knowing and working with Gerry for seven years. A champion of positivity, Gerry always made an effort to go the extra mile for the many set-ups he coordinated for Manitoba Rocks school tour activities. We have lost and Heaven has gained a genuine 'rock' star and very special person. Shalom.

Barb Schmidtke

July 5, 2019

I cannot recall Gerry saying an unkind thing during the 12 years that I worked for the Manitoba Geological Survey. I do recall how helpful he was to me, how much he loved his wife Debbie and how proud he was of her, his great joy when his sons were born and his wonderful smile. Rest In Peace my friend, the world is diminished by losing you.

Barb Schmidtke

Ruth Bezys

July 3, 2019

Wow! I am so sad to have found out about Gerry's passing. He was a caring and kind individual and we could talk to him about anything. He always went out of his way to help us geologists out, even went we sent him and the drill crew to some awful localities! Thank you friend for always having a laugh for all of us.

David and Shirley MacKinnon

July 3, 2019

We do not have the words to express how sorry we are for your loss.

From the first time we met Gerry and Debbie many years ago, our memories are of warm smiles, hugs, quick laughs and much warmth and love. Over many years our annual pancake breakfasts to celebrate the arrival of another new year was always a time of joy. As well, we always looked forward to our chats with Gerry at the Rehfit to catch up on family news. Gerry’s presence will be sorely missed. May God bless you all.

David and Shirley