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Gerald Jansma

January 16, 1937 - April 24, 2016


 It is with deepest sorrow and heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gerry at the South Okanagan General Hospital after his brave fight with cancer at the age of 79 years.  

 Gerry was born in Friesland, the Netherlands and moved to Canada in 1952. He eventually settled in Oliver and worked for Sun Fresh Co-Op for many years. 

He leaves behind his beloved wife Jean of 24 years; daughters and sons: Shirley (Brian), Barbara (Clay), Aaron, Tanya (John), Kimball, Leah (Paul) and Jim (Shiela); siblings: Rena Hoornenborg (Henk), Tina Tremblay and Martha Brown (Verne), plus many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and extended family both in Canada and overseas. 

Gerry enjoyed travelling — he ventured to Alaska, the Yukon and Australia. He enjoyed going on cruises and going for long walks.  

Gerry is predeceased by his son Jay and brother Martin.  

At Gerry’s request there will be no service and a private celebration of life will be held by the family.

Donations gratefully accepted for the Cancer Society, Po Box 1872, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.  

A special thank you to Dr. Mark Hamilton, the nurses at palliative care at SOGH and our many friends and neighbours for their love and support.

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God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be

So he put his arms around you

And whispered “Come to me”.

 You will always live in our hearts.



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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Kim Byer
Relation: friend

I will miss seeing him walking around town. My deepest condolences to you Jean.

From: George & Diane Karpinsky
Relation: long time friend

Dear Jean & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Cherish fond memories. We know you have many.
Gerry will be missed by many.
May GOD bless you daily.

Death is a heartache no one can heal
Love is a memory no one can steal

From: David , Rosemary & Jonathan Mikitka
Relation: Former neighbours

Dearest Jean,
We are thinking of you and cherishing all the wonderful memories we have of you and Gerry from the years we were next door. Please know you are in our prayers as you go through these sad days. May you feel the peace of God’s precious love, and rest in Him.
With our love,
David, Rosemary & Jonathan

From: Steve and Shirley
Relation: Friends

We are thinking of you Jean and family. There are many happy memories of Gerry. He will be missed.

From: Trish Demmers
Relation: Friend

You know without me using words how much I know the sorrow you feel at losing the love of your life for 24 wonderful years. I recall the fun times the four of us shared and know your path forward won’t be easy but know I will be with you every step of the way. Love you, my friend.

From: Elizabete (Liz) Blonk
Relation: dear costumer

my deepest sympathy ,may Gerry rest in Peace

From: Joe and Karen Barroca
Relation: Friend

Jean and Family – Our hearts are saddened to learn the news about Gerry. The presence of your beloved Gerry may be gone but the precious memories will live on in your hearts and help to carry you forward in your journey. May God wrap His arms of Love around you each one and place His Peace in your hearts to comfort you.

Service Schedule

Private service arrangements have been made.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
The Cancer Society, Po Box 1872, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0.   

Thank You Notice

A special thank you to our many friends and neighbours for their love and support. 

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