Gerald Walsh passed away peacefully on August 10, 2010, at the age of 92.
Born March 5, 1918 in Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England, Gerald was predeceased by his wife Jean Walsh in 1999.
He is survived by his children Gillian (Terry), Sheila, Geraldine and John (Teresa), his sister Nora, and brother Frank (Avis). He also leaves behind grandchildren Valerie (Dori), Michael (Sheri), Chelsea (Troy), Travis, Kim, Steven and Theresa (James), and great grandchildren Jessica, Liam, Ethan, Emily, Nina and Alexandra. In addition, he will be missed by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gerald served in the British Royal Navy during WWII. The family immigrated to Canada in 1955, spending a year in Prince George before moving to West Vancouver. Gerald taught at Hamilton High School in North Vancouver for several years. After earning his Masters and Doctorate of Education at UBC, he became a professor in the Faculty of Education.
After moving to Vancouver’s West End, Gerald and Jean became enthusiastic lawnbowlers, first at Stanley Park and then at the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club. Gerald was Chief Umpire at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994.
Gerald led a full life and enjoyed cooking, baking bread, reading, and his daily walks. He will be remembered for his remarkable intelligence, memory and quick wit.
Education was always an important part of Gerald’s life. He was an author, lifelong student and teacher.
Special thanks to Dr. John O’Brien, Dr. James Rudnick, Dr. Michael Bassett and all of the caring nurses and staff at Peace Arch Hospital.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.