Gerald Anderson Curnow
March 1st, 1943 – October 6th, 2017
Gerald “Gerry” Curnow of Cranbrook, BC passed away peacefully on October 6, 2017.
Gerry is survived by his loving wife Patience, and son Timothy (Laura) Curnow. Gerry was a middle child to a family of 1 sister Mary, 5 brothers, Brian, Leonard, Jimmy, John, Keith and Stanley, 3 half-sisters Nancy, Evelyn, Jean and a half-brother Mark.
Gerry also leaves to mourn step granddaughter’s Sonya (Jonathan) and Courtney (Angus) as well as step-great grandchildren Christopher and Emberly and many nieces and nephews who all adored him. Gerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.
Gerry was born in Truro, Cornwall, England March 1st, 1943 to William Albert Curnow and Margret Mary Curnow. He Joined the British Army in January 1961 and was stationed from Gibraltar to Berlin. He looks back fondly on his time in the military and always was present at Remembrance Day ceremonies; being on parade as he called it. He dressed smartly in tie, polished shoes, poppy and service medal proudly displayed with a salute at the ready.
Gerry married Patience, the love of his life January 4th, 1969. They had many culinary adventures working in restaurants and hotels together. Gerry of course claiming he taught Patience everything she knows. They had one son together, Timothy Gerald Curnow, whom also followed in their culinary footsteps. Gerry did whatever it took to make a living when times were tough, never afraid of a challenge or to do what was right. Forever a dreamer of what next big challenge or investment he could make to get ahead.
Emigrated from England to Canada in 1980 finally settling in Cranbrook in 1987 where he spent his remaining Career as a Chef in the Cranbrook hospital kitchen.
Where, surrounded by many ladies whom he loved to serenade daily with his beautiful singing voice and wonderful sense of humour. After retiring, he still enjoyed working. That was his form of exercise and sense of purpose.
He spent many summers working at some of the surrounding parks of the East Kootenays. Gerry was always known as a great conversationalist with a story to match anything. Some say if he worked as hard as he talked, there wouldn’t be need to hire more employees. But he always had an outstanding work ethic and still did the work of two people into his 70’s.
Gerry loved to be around people, sharing stories and life experiences. That’s what he enjoyed most.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at McPherson Funeral Home (2200 – 2nd Street South in Cranbrook, BC).
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to your local cancer society.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
Condolences for the family can be offered at: www.mcphersonfh.com.
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