It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Gerry Krawchuk at the age of 81. Gerry was predeceased by his parents Nick and Mary, brother Eugene and nephew Glen.
He will be forever loved and missed by his wife and best friend of almost 57 years Bev, his son Kelly (Tara), daughter Tracy Burr (Guy), grandkids, Morgan and Blake, sister-in-law Nancy, brother-in-law Lionel and his wife Joan and their families, his Auntie Ann, Auntie Fran, and numerous cousins and friends.
Gerry, or as many knew him as Chic, grew up in Point Douglas. He enjoyed playing sports with his buddies, spending countless hours with his cousins, and playing the accordion at many family get togethers. From the age of 12, Gerry began playing the accordion with his family at numerous functions, and later with local bands Al Miller and the Boys, The Versatiles and several other musicians. He has entertained many people over the past 7 decades and still enjoyed pulling out the squeeze box whenever he had the opportunity.
Gerry worked at the gas company for 17 years before moving onto a successful 46-year, award-winning career in Real Estate. He was highly respected and only “officially” retired last year.
Gerry’s yard was his pride and joy, and it was impeccable – not a blade of grass out of place nor a snowflake on the driveway and his backyard lit up the whole neighborhood. Over the past several years he enjoyed tinkering outside with his neighbor Ed … there wasn’t anything they (well Ed!) couldn’t fix, patch or repair, which usually ended conveniently at happy hour! You could usually find him in his backyard around the pool, basking in the sun, enjoying happy hour with Bev and hosting family and friends. He was well known for his “garage”, where many good times have been had over the years.
Gerry loved being a grandpa to Morgan and Blake. He was their biggest fan and never missed a single activity. All of their friends and teammates knew their “grandpa”. He was so proud watching them grow into successful young adults.
Gerry also took pride in giving back to the community, volunteering on countless committees, and helping raise large sums of money for many. He was a proud mason, a member of the Khartum Shriner Chanters and Jesters, and his accordion was ALWAYS in tow. He participated in many parades throughout Canada and the United States.
He loved his sports and was passionate about his Goldeyes, Moose, Jets and Bombers and a season ticket holder for all 4, including an impressive 59 years with the Blue Bombers. There was not a tailgate party he and Bev ever missed.
Gerry and Bev did everything together and enjoyed travelling the world with family and friends. His positivity and generosity were infectious and felt by everyone he came into contact with. He had a special way of connecting with others.
We will miss him terribly. He has left a hole in our hearts that can never be filled, but we take great comfort in knowing that our dad touched so many lives. He adored his family, and his loss will be felt by many. Family and friends would say he had a “fantastic” life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Khartum Shriners Transportation fund, 1155 Wilkes Ave, R3P 1B9. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Gerry Krawchuk Friday June 4th 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Winnipeg, Province: Manitoba