Mason, Gerard (Gerry) Laurie passed away peacefully at the Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock, BC on June 27, 2013. Gerry was born September 21, 1922 in Edmonton, AB. He leaves behind Blanche, his loving wife of 69 years, daughter Heather Arnold (Kim), Salmon Arm, son Laurie Mason (Ruth), Surrey, two grandchildren Jason Arnold (Cori), Kelowna, Neil Arnold (Holly), Kelowna, great granddaughter Akasha Arnold, Kelowna, brother Hugh Mason, Wetaskiwin, AB, sister Joan Kane, Ashcroft, sister Elizabeth Windlehurst, Saltspring Island, brother Douglas Mason, Edmonton, AB and numerous nieces and nephews in BC and Alberta, and extended family. Gerry served with the RCAF during World War II as a Flying Instructor, Commonwealth Air Training Scheme. He attended UBC earning his BA and MA in Education. Gerry was principal of a number of elementary and secondary schools in Surrey and at the time of his retirement in 1982, was Supervisor of Instruction for Surrey School District.
Gerry had many talents and hobbies, having a great interest in the world around him. He enjoyed his daily walks with his dogs in his neighbourhood and Crescent Beach. He always looked forward to his many fishing trips to Loon Lake in the Cariboo, the last trip being September 2012 to celebrate his 90th birthday. Gerry was a member of the Crescent Beach Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #240. Gerry met the challenge and fought the good fight right to the end. There will be no Service by request. At a later date, there will be a family gathering at Loon Lake. Dad, we will always miss you.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation or charity of choice. With sincere thanks to Peace Arch Hospital and staff, Royal Columbian Hospital and staff, Surrey Cancer Clinic and staff, and the Home Nurses, Peace Arch Hospital. Condolences may be offered at www.victoryfuneralcentre.ca
Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 604-536-6522