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Green Acres Funeral Home and Cemetery

1 Green Acres Lane, Navin, MB

OBITUARY

Gerard "Gerry" Joseph Maertens

January 8, 1943January 30, 2020

GERARD JOSEPH MAERTENS (January 8, 1943 – January 30, 2020) With deep sadness we announce that Gerry passed away, peacefully on January 30, 2020 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba after a brief illness. He is predeceased by his wife, Patricia; parents, Julien Maertens and Emerence Maertens (Stragier); brothers Andy and George, and sisters Marguerite, Blanche, Jenny, and Irene. He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory his sons, Robert (Dolores), James, Richard and Jonathan (Azra); his sister, Lillian; granddaughters Karyn and Courtney, grandson Connor and numerous other family and friends. Gerry will be remembered for his strong sense of family and how important they were to him. He loved watching his Blue Bombers play and going to the games with the friends in his season ticket section. He enjoyed fishing and golfing with family and friends. Gerry was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered much of his time to several other organizations. He always strived to remember everyone on special occasions, was always ready to help others and was known and loved for his warm, outgoing personality. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Green Acres Funeral Home, Highway 1 East at Navin Road, Winnipeg on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00pm. The family extends a special thank you to the 3 North Medical Staff at Grace Hospital for the wonderful care given to Gerry during his stay. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be considered to Siloam Mission, where he volunteered for many years.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 8, 2020

Memories

Gerard "Gerry" Joseph Maertens

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Erin Murray

February 9, 2020

I met Gerry in 2012 when he came to see me for therapy. He lived in the same area as my parents & attended the same church. He was a St. Paul’s alumni like my dad. He would visit with them after a therapy session as my parents were there helping watch my young son. We all became friends.

When my dad would no longer drive, he started driving them to church. After my dad died in 2014, he helped drive my mom weekly to church, appointments & family events. He became family to us.

Gerry was the kind of person who made everyone feel special. That truly is a gift.

He loved showering gifts of chocolate on special occasions, holidays and birthdays. He always included a card with a thoughtful handwritten note expressing how much he admired and valued you.

Gerry would share stories about his ‘blue eyed discount’. He did have beautiful blue eyes but it was his huge heart that touched countless lives.

He will be missed dearly.
He loved people & people loved Gerry.
We will hold him in our hearts forever.

We offer our deepest condolences to all who knew & loved Gerry.

Monica Gowryluk

February 6, 2020

It has been my great pleasure to know Gerry. He was a regular volunteer at Siloam and his presence always brightened up our kitchen. His kindness shown through and we always looked forward to the days that he volunteered. We are sending you our deepest condolences.

Tom Van Buekenhout

February 5, 2020

Robert, James, Richard and Johathan;

I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Jerry was always my favourite uncle. We were close enough in age that we shared common interests. I always seemed to bump into him either at Bomber games or Goldeyes games. I had a good long chat with him about family histories before xmas, mostly dealing with his dad’s involvement in WWI.

I will miss him.

Tom Van Buekenhout