October 5, 2019
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gerald Hollett on October 5, 2019 at his home in Trail, BC.
Gerry was the sixth of seven children born to Lorraine and Hedley Hollett on August 22, 1956 and was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Brian, and brothers-in-law, Randy Vandermeulen and Wayne Cournoyer.
He leaves behind his loving wife Jan of 35 years, four daughters Breeanne (Nick) Parisien, Brittany Hollett, Brooke White and Brigette Hollett and two grandchildren, Kyle and Whitney White. He will also be missed by his five siblings Helene (Dave) John, Carol Cournoyer, Sharon (Rob) Ross, Ron Hollett and Brenda (Tom) Nedelec, parents-in-law, George and Gerry Vandermeulen, brother-in-law, Larry Vandermeulen, and sister-in-law, Sandi Granstrom as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Gerry also leaves behind the Coca-Cola industry for which he was
an unofficial spokesperson until dietary restrictions (aka Jan) curtailed his consumption.
Gerry was versed in the trades and gained a carpentry apprenticeship early in his career, pursued a roofing/insulator apprenticeship in the early 90’s and then found his calling in concrete. In a way, he built a lot of the City of Trail through this work and was often found around town forming
and pouring concrete (for those lucky enough to get a call back). He is the only person we know who could rock a white t-shirt and Carharts every single day for the last 25 years and it became one of his signature trademarks.
He will be remembered for his passion and natural talents with baseball, skiing and squash, playing on various baseball teams including the College of Southern Idaho and the Canadian National Team. He had a love-hate relationship with golf, performed endless shenanigans with his girls & grandkids and had an incredible ability to see the humour in all situations…it was often difficult to decipher between the adult and the child when Gerry was around.
In his more recent years, his greatest accomplishment was his promotion to “Papa”. He had an endless love for Kyle & Whitney and they will forever remember the bond they shared. There are no words to describe how deeply Gerry will be missed, but we find comfort in knowing that it’s not goodbye, it’s only see ya later…”big fella, big shooter, big guy”.
A Celebration of Gerry’s life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1 pm at the Trail United Church. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Servicesâ„¢ has been entrusted with the arrangements.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at www.myalternatives.ca
As an expression of sympathy, those who desire may make memorial donations in Gerry’s name to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation
https://www.heartandstroke.ca/ Canadian Tire Jumpstart https://jumpstart.canadiantire.ca/ or KBRH Health Foundation www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
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