McCall Gardens

Gerry passed away peacefully on February 7, 2017 at the age of 79. He is remembered with love by his wife, Hazel; children, Stephen and Caroline; daughter-in-law, Jan and granddaughter, Sophia.

Gerry grew up on the family farm outside of London, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s first Engineering Science program and went on to work in aerospace. Hazel and Gerry met in Montreal and married in 1963. In 1975, the family moved to Vancouver where they enjoyed camping and their vacation cottage on Mayne Island. Gerry and Hazel retired to Victoria where they volunteered with the Friends of Government House Gardens Society. In retirement, Gerry enjoyed travel, walking, photography and investing.

A Memorial Reception will be held in the SEQUOIA CENTRE at McCALL GARDENS, 4665 Falaise Drive, on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association #276 -2950 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC V8T 4N4

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Betty Wright
    February 22, 2017

    Dear Hazel.
    I was deeply saddened to learn of Gerry’s passing. I always enjoyed chatting with him for he was always willing to answer my many gardening questions, and always with his wonderful sense of humour.
    I am living in Parksville right now so I never know when I’ll be in Victoria. However, wherever I am, I’ll be thinking of you and your family on the 19th.
    Warmest regards,
    Betty Wright

  • Dave Durnford
    February 18, 2017

    Fond memories of Gerry at Western – great discussions when we were “studying” in the library. One of the brightest in our class. Sincere condolences to the family.
    Dave Durnford Class of ’59 UWO Engineering

  • Barbara & Les Copley
    February 14, 2017

    Dear Hazel,

    Our condolences to you and your family on Gerry’s passing. It was a pleasure to know him and have him as a neighbour.

    Barbara & Les Copley

  • Ken Newton
    February 14, 2017

    Hazel, Caroline, and Stephen:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss. May the memories of your many happy family experiences sustain you in your grief.
    One thing I will always remember regarding our time with Gerry in the Engineering Class of ’59: during one of our 4-hour final exams, the rest of the class knew that when Gerry handed in his paper, we still had 3 hours in which to finish ours! We also knew that when our papers were graded “on the curve”, Gerry’s mark was at the apex, and the rest of us would be strung out below.

  • Janice Drent
    February 14, 2017

    Dear Hazel: I would like to extend to you and your family my kind thoughts and my sympathy. Jan

  • Steve and Connie Allen
    February 13, 2017

    I first met Hazel and Gerry through the Friends of Government House Gardens Society. I was a raw recruit to Gerry’s gardening team. He was a kind, patient and effective teacher with a vast range of interests and was always a pleasure to talk with. He is missed.

  • Lynn Heenan
    February 12, 2017

    Hazel – Please accept my sympathy. Besides being such a responsible, organized person, I found his sense of humour matched mine perfectly. I am sad to see him go. Take care of yourself. Lynn Heenan

  • David and Faith Lebbell
    February 12, 2017


    We are so sad to hear about Gerry and will always remember his smile and wonderful sense of humour
    We are thinking of you a lot and send our sympathy to you and to your family.
    Sincerely – David and Faith

  • Ruth Minshall
    February 12, 2017

    Our sympathy to Hazel and family on Gerry’s passing. We remember his energy, ready smile, good nature and organizational skills. What a dynamo for getting things done! Happy memories of the best run plant sales; technical skills at the Hardy Plant Group photography presentations, his leadership at Government House gardens and generosity sharing gardening knowledge.
    Ruth and John Minshall

  • Merial and Peter Barwin
    February 12, 2017

    To Hazel – Deepest sympathy to you and your family.. Thinking of you. Merial and Peter Barwin

  • Ian & Janice Cowan
    February 11, 2017

    11 February 2017

    Please accept our sincere condolences. We knew Gerry for his intelligence, ready smile, commitment to engineering, hiking and so many contributions to organizations he belonged to. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.


    Janice and Ian Cowan

  • Diana and Jim Black
    February 11, 2017

    Jim and I were very sad to hear of Gerry’s passing and send Hazel and family our love and condolences at this sad time. He will be remembered for his happy ways and his great love of gardening of which he was the Master. We will remember you fondly Gerry……….

  • John Wright
    February 11, 2017


    My deepest sympathies on your loss. I met Gerry in 1970 when I joined United Aircraft of Canada in Marketing and he was one of the first engineers I had dealings with and was very impressed with his talent. I had some contact with him after you moved to Vancouver as he was still in aerospace and occasionally would run into him.

    John Wright
    VP Marketing (ret’d)
    Pratt & Whitney Canada

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