On June 7, 2011, Gerald Needham passed peacefully at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre around 10:45 am.
Gerald was born on December 14, 1944 in Dauphin Manitoba where he remained all his life. Gerald, also known as Jerry to friends, will be missed by a lot of people, especially the neighbors of 5th Ave SE, the neighborhood will never be the same. Jerry was always helping neighbors fix things, helping build anything and everything, or just visiting with them, the street was cleaned from one end to the other whether it be summer or winter. When he wasn’t helping neighbours, he spent his days fishing, hunting, gardening or designing something to make work faster or easier. He spent a lot of time with his three sons Trevor, Travis and Ryan going out fishing, target shooting, doing yard work, going for coffee, or helping fix their trucks. Gerald enjoyed going out to the Mossy River Dam fishing with his boys where he caught three master anglers.
Gerald was predeceased by his father and mother Leslie Needham and Hattie Needham, his sister Viola Needham, and father-in-law John C. Perih.
Gerald leaves behind to mourn his three sons Trevor, Travis and Ryan of Dauphin, wife Diane of Dauphin, brother Jim of Dauphin, mother –in-law Anne (Perih) Caruk of Dauphin, brother-in-law David Perih of St. Rose du Lac, sister-in-law Janice Perreault (Jacque) of Emerson, sister –in-law Sharon Rudyk (John) of Edmonton, and many more family and friends. He will be missed by many, especially his little kitty, Patches.
A Funeral Service was held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m., from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin, with Rev. Karen Kuzek officiating. Barbara Durston served as the Organist. Tim Garlinski, Chris Lark, Rick Burnside, Gord Roulette, Tony Kotyk, and Bob Needham served as Pallbearers. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery.
Donations in Gerald’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.
Rest In Peace Dad, Love You Forever.