GILBERTSON, Gerald “Jerry”


It is with great sadness that the family of Gerald ‘Jerry’ Douglas Gilbertson announce his passing. Jerry was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Sask., and in 36 years living in Cochrane, his love for the Saskatchewan Roughriders never wavered. He was tireless in his volunteer efforts — a minor-hockey manager and ice-scheduler, a minor-baseball president and umpire, a fixture at school fundraising events and the guy in the Santa Claus costume at staff parties and other Christmas celebrations. He loved to cook, always enough for two days worth of leftovers, and also enjoyed music, getaways to the lake, golf, curling and later his walks with the boys. Jerry’s family — Marcia, his kids Wes (Theresa) and Kendra (Mat), his brother Ken (Lynne) and his nieces and nephews — will cherish the memories of his delicious home-cooked meals, his laugh and his love for the holidays, especially ones that you could dress up for. His kids will always be grateful that he assembled that trampoline immediately after bringing it home, even though it was pouring rain.

Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Jerry’s life at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Cochrane Lions Club Event Centre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to 1835 House/Recovery Acres Society in Calgary or consider honouring Jerry’s legacy by volunteering in your community.



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  1. On October 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm Rose Pawlak Said:


    I am so sorry to learn of Jerry’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with Jerry at the Glenwood Crescent parties. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  2. On October 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm Aileen and Neil Anderson Said:

    Marcia, Kendra, Wes and families. We are so sorry to hear about Jerry. The carnivals at Glenbow School would not have been the same without all the amazing prizes and goodies from Jerry’s “magic garage” full of stuff! He leaves a legacy of volunteering for this community and will be greatly missed by so many. Please accept out heartfelt condolences – you are in our thoughts.

  3. On October 4, 2017 at 8:07 am Eric and Diane George Said:

    Dear Marcia,Wes and Theresa,and Kendra and Matt, we are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Can’t seem to get past the tears! Jerry was a wonderful man who loved his family very much.He had an infectious smile and a huge caring heart.He was always ready ,willing and able to help out whenever he was asked.He will be missed so much by so many people.Please remember we love you all and will always be here for you.Jerry will always have a special place in our hearts and he will never be forgotten! You are in our prayers at this very difficult time.

  4. On October 4, 2017 at 11:56 am Garry & Judy Lane Said:

    Marcia and family, so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We extend our sincere condolences at this most difficult time. Thinking of you and sending our prayers and hugs. Peace be with all of you.

  5. On October 4, 2017 at 12:47 pm Tammy and Rudy Sundby Said:

    Dear Marcia and family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Jerry. We will remember with fondness the night Jerry and the other fathers broke out the dance moves on the stage of Rocky Point Church. We hope all your cherished memories will bring you some comfort.

  6. On October 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm Kathy Tario Said:

    Dear Marcia, this is a difficult time for you and your family. So sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. Take care.

  7. On October 4, 2017 at 7:02 pm Sandy Kooistra Said:

    Marcia and family.

    So sorry to hear this. Condolences. Take care

  8. On October 5, 2017 at 9:09 am Byron Bergh Said:

    Marcia ,We wanted to pass on our thoughts and prayers on the passing of Jerry. Byron and Trudy Bergh

  9. On October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am Diane & Mark Berman Said:

    Marsha and family, so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  10. On October 5, 2017 at 12:10 pm Brian and Lynda Anderson Said:

    Marcia and family,our sincere condolences on the passing of Jerry- you are in our thoughts.

  11. On October 5, 2017 at 4:13 pm Ray Kuntz and Marj Bickell Said:

    Marsha, Wes, Kendra and families. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Jerry. Cherish your good memories.
    Ray Kuntz and Marj Bickell

  12. On October 5, 2017 at 4:17 pm Mark and Pam Morrill Said:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We would often run into Jerry at different places around town. He always took time for a chat. He will be so missed.
    Thinking of your family at this sad time.

  13. On October 5, 2017 at 5:19 pm Joe/Fran Schipper Said:

    Condolences on your loss Marcia. Fran and I are thinking of you

  14. On October 5, 2017 at 5:36 pm Commish Said:

    Wes and family,
    I’m sorry to hear of you loss and express my sincere condolences.

  15. On October 6, 2017 at 1:52 pm Keith and Kathy Taylor Said:

    Marcia, Wes and Kendra and family our condolences for your loss, what a beautiful celebration of Life today for a good friend of many of us. Rest in Peace Jerry your Journey ended to soon.

  16. On October 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm Candace Said:

    Jerry, I hoped we would see you again at a gathering.

    Rest in peace, sweet sir.

  17. On October 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm Valerie Hancock Said:

    Dear Marcia,Wes and Kendra,
    So very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with each of you!

  18. On October 10, 2017 at 11:59 am Jennifer Foy Said:

    Sending sincere sympathy, Marcia, to you and your family.

  19. On October 11, 2017 at 5:18 am Gary and Barb Gibson Said:

    Our thought and prayers go out to you Marcia and your family during this very sad time. Jerry always had a smile and I know your many happy memories will help all you thru this trying time Barb and Gary

  20. On October 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm LaVonne Bouchard Said:

    Marcia & Family
    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Jerry.Remember your good times together with laughter and tears, and have faith in the belief that he is now at peace.

  21. On October 12, 2017 at 7:44 am Mike Bourns and Pat Comer Said:

    Just returned home from a trip to learn of Jerry’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you Marcia, and family. Will miss Jerry’s smile and the twinkle in his eye. We are thinking of you as you go through this tough time

  22. On October 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm Gloria Johnson Said:

    Sending my sincere sympathy Marcia to you and your family