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Gerald Miguel Paquette

April 29, 1940 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 80)

Obituary

It is with Great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald M Paquette (Jerry) born April 29/ 1940, he fought a “fighters fight” with Pulmonary Fibrosis but succumbed to the disease Oct 4/2020.

Jerry was predeceased by his mother, “Margaret”, brother “Mark” and great granddaughter “Natalia” 

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; Marleen and 5 children Kelly (Juergen) Rocky {Lorraine) Dennis (Lori) Darcy and Darren, he also leaves his grandchildren “Christopher”, “Loni”, “Robbie”, “Matraca”, “Jessica”, “Jenna”, “Nicholas”, and “Grace” his Great grandchildren “Brock”, “Luke”, “Ryker”, “Felix”, “Lucy, ”Ryen”, his Brother Norman and his sister Lenore (Ralph) sister in laws Lori(Bob} Betty (Dennis) Kim, many nieces and nephews and a countless number of friends

Jerry’s life began on April 29 1940 in Santa Fe New Mexico, he spent the first 7 yrs. of his life living in the home of Howard and Bertha Brandon and their many children whom he grew to know as “Mom and Dad” and “brothers and sisters” which allowed for lifetime relationships that brought great joy into his life.

At the age of 7 he came home to Canada to live with his Mother and siblings, where he stayed for about 2 yrs. He then went to the home of Charles and Doris Lahue where he learned to hunt, fish, and drive almost any vehicle that was put in front of him. While living with the Lahue’s he met Marleen, and they were married at the age of 17 and 15 and went on to raise 5 children. It was during this relationship that he began his working career and became a welder fabricator working in Port Alberni at Alberni Engineering, Argyle Machine works, Thompson Machine works and ultimately his own business at the top of Church Road in Parksville, “Pacific Welding”. Jerry was an accomplished Scuba Diver, diving on shipwrecks off the Westcoast of Vancouver Island and enjoying the plentiful bounty that the Ocean has to offer. He also was a professional Wrestler and that carreer took him on the road to see almost all of the United States of America by car, “a passion that he carried for his entire life”. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman whom simply loved hunting and fishing and he cherished the many memories that these hobbies gave him. He spent the most of his life living in Parksville British Columbia where he gave back to his community as a member of the Parksville Lions and was a big contributor to the building of the Parksville Lions Society housing project on Moilliet Street.  Jerry spent his last 30 years travelling between Vancouver Island, Yuma Arizona and various spots in Mexico. Jerry and Marleen lived on Horne Lake and he got great pleasure from the lake and it’s surroundings, “but as was the case his whole life”, his greatest pleasure came from the nights around the camp fire with family and friends enjoying the campfire songs and stories that were shared.  Jerry greatest love was his family and he loved people and loved to “hear their story”, as he put it; and he somehow always found the time to listen, those that knew Jerry knew him as a sincere friend, he will be missed by many but will never be forgotten.

This may be the “end of the trail” but he will always remain a husband, a father, a grandfather, a brother an uncle and a friend. He will be missed X

The family plans a celebration of his life in late April to early May 2021

 

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