McInnis & Holloway
Funeral Homes

McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes
“The opportunity to serve” is the highest compliment
McInnis & Holloway could receive.
Call (403) 243-8200 or 1-800-661-1599

ASSEN, Gerhardus Anthony “Jerry”

August 8, 1944 – Coevorden, Holland
March 3, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Jerry, beloved husband of Diane Assen (nee Mastel) of Calgary, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the age of 69 years.

Born August 8, 1944 in Coevorden, Holland, Jerry immigrated to Canada in 1956. He married his best friend and soul mate on May 21, 1966. He loved to travel Europe, cruising, and spending time at their winter home in Mesa, AZ. Jerry loved golfing. His greatest passion in life was his darling grandchildren.

Besides his loving wife, Diane, Jerry is also survived by his two sons and daughter-in-laws Kevin and Melanie Assen and Jason and Tamara Assen; four grandchildren Jared, Caleb, Kennedy, and Jake; brothers and sisters Herman, John, Tony, Bert, Harry, Henry, Frank, Helen, Mina, Margaret, and Lioba.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Diane, brothers Ben and Hank and sisters Rikie and Diane.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E.) on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Morris and the staff at Tom Baker, palliative homecare team, Lisa, Michael and the entire BEST group. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: 1 (866) 412-4222. www.albertacancer.ca/memorial.

In living memory of Jerry Assen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

Offer Condolence for the family of ASSEN, Gerhardus Anthony “Jerry”

Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Condolence Messages

  1. Dominic Rubino :

    Jerry, I know you thought the world of your sons and they are both great men. I’m certain they became who they are from you and your guidence, and I know you’ll be missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  2. TOM AND DARLENE PITTS :

    TO OUR DEAR FRIEND DIANNE AND FAMILY,
    WE ARE SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JERRY’S PASSING. OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU. DIANNE, I CANNOT EXPRESS MY FEELINGS FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY IN THE COMING DAYS. WE LOVE YOU.
    THOMAS AND DARLENE PITTS

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  3. Donna Patterson :

    Dear Diane And Family
    My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow and loss.May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and the days ahead.
    Sincerely Donna

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  4. Jody/Wendy Nelson :

    I will always remember Jerry with that big “Assen smile” on his face. It was always there to make you feel welcomed. He was always great to be around and will truly be missed.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  5. Mark and Stacey Williamson :

    Jason and Tamara,
    We are so very sorry for your incredible loss. Cancer is a terrible awful disease that takes too many good people away. Sending you our deepest sympathy.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  6. Darren & Cindy Cartin :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family in this time of great loss.
    Jerry was a shining example of a family man; he will live on in your hearts and memories forever.
    Darren, Cindy, Ty, Ben & Molly Cartin

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  7. Gerrit and Marilyn :

    Diane to you and the boys and wives and children our deepest sympathy. Gerrit always counted Jerry as his best friend. A true friend is hard to come by these days and Jerry was one of the best. We laughed many times together and those are all the times we will remember. Watching our families grow up together and sharing in all the joys and sorrows. God be with all of you now.
    Love the Vannys

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  8. Todd Riley and Chase :

    Auntie Diane Kevin Jason and Families. We are so saddened for your loss and ours.Uncle Jerry was such a great uncle growing up always spent time with us kids and loved a good time. I always admired the relationship uncle Jerry and my Dad had with each other it was always fun to watch.Sadness falls now and in time the memories will put nothing but love and smiles in your hearts and face of a loved Jerry.Take faith hope is not lost. love you all and my tears are of a great Uncle Jerry we will miss you

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  9. Brenda Sinclair :

    Diane, I’m so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. My thoughts are with you. With my sincere sympathy, Brenda

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  10. June & Ross Maude :

    Dear Diane & Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing but relieved he is no longer suffering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and hope that the wonderful memories you made together will sustain you through this most difficult time and in the time to come.

    Love & Prayers, June & Ross xo

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  11. Fred and Karen Schimmel :

    We are so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a good man and fought so hard. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    God Bless,
    Fred and Karen

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  12. Glen & Trish Gurr :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this saddest of times. A wonderful man, taken too soon!
    Sorry we will not be able to share in the celebration of Jerry’s life on Friday, but we are away at this time.
    Glen & Trish Gurr

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  13. Cathy Spemcer :

    Jerry will be missed in our BEST group. He shared so much with us girls we all loved him and will miss him. A big loss for our group. My thoughts and prayers are with you Diane and family.
    Hugs Cathy Spencer

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  14. Bill and Edie Weyer :

    So sorry for your loss.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  15. Karen Gillard :

    Diane and family. Our thoughts are with you at this extremely sad time. I will call as soon as we get home.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  16. Irene & George Krieger :

    Diane & your family, it is with heavy hearts we extend our condolences, for the loss of Jerry.
    Although our times together were often to brief, Jerry`s personality made our friendship very
    special. Please, know our thoughts and prayers are for courage and strength as you embrace
    the memories that make you and Jerry such special people.
    We will stay in touch…….. God Bless……. Irene & George

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  17. Peggy McCoy :

    Diane, so very saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May peace be with you all.

    Peggy

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  18. Jean Pessah :

    Diane. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.May memories of him and the good times you shared as a family support you at this time. My thoughts are with you always.
    Jean

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  19. Ray & Jean Bourbonnais :

    Our deepest sympathy to Diane and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.
    Jerry and Ray became good friends when we worked together at Frido Lay. I always enjoyed our talks and time together. I will always remember him as a special person and treasured friend and will miss him.

    God Bess,
    Ray, Jean & Keith

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  20. Diane , I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  21. Hugh & Donna Lapp :

    Our thought and prayers go out to you and your family at this time Dianne.
    May you find peace on the other side of sorrow, comfort on the other side of loss and most of all may you find in this sad farewell that love lives on in the memories of the heart.

    Hugh and Donna

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  22. Danielle Smith :

    Dear Diane and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was such a big part of our BEST group. He will be so very much missed. It’s just so hard to imagine him gone. Heaven has received a beautiful soul and Angel. They sure will enjoy his company. My thoughts and prayers go to all the family. Jerry held a very special place in my heart and he will be remembered forever.
    Comfort hugs to all and see you later Jerry!
    Danie xox

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  23. Alex and Gloria MacKenzie :

    Diane and family
    We extend sincere sympathy to you and your family. We only knew
    Jerry for a few years, but always enjoyed Jerry and his sense of humor. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you and hope they will continue to comfort you and your family in the days to come.
    God Bless!
    Alex and Gloria MacKenzie

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  24. Barbara Howe :

    Dear Diane,
    I am very sorry to learn of your husband’s death. My thoughts and payers are with you.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  25. Sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He is with Marlene in God’s hands.
    Al Weeks

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  26. Mark Driessen :

    To Aunt Diane & Family,

    We are so saddened to hear of Uncle Jerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    With love,
    Mark & Stella Driessen & Family

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  27. Mervyn & Deanna Taillefer :

    Diane and Family: It is with deepest regret that we have heard of Jerry’s passing. He will be greatly missed. We hope the kind wishes of your friends will be of some comfort to you. Our sincere sympathy goes out to you. Merv and Deanna

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  28. Jim & Cheryl :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Diane may you and your loved ones be comforted knowing Jerry is at peace and the suffering is over. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. May God be with at this time.
    Jim & Cheryl

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  29. Anne Fitzpatrick :

    Diane and family
    It’s a great sadness to know of Gerry’s death. May God hold, guide and protect you through the days ahead. It was a joy to know Gerry for the good and gracious fellow he was.

    “He is no longer where he used to be — he will be wherever you are”

    Love and Prayers, Anne

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  30. Rex and Donna Fisher :

    Diane:
    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  31. ron and gina :

    Diane, we are so sad to hear about Jerry’s passing, he will be missed by many. We hope the many memories you have made will comfort you and your families at this time.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  32. Hugh & Donna Lapp :

    Dianne our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Tenderly may time heal you sorrow, gently may friends heal your pain, softly may peace replace your heartache and may warmest memories remain.

    Hugh & Donna

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  33. My deepest sympathy Diane and family. I know this has been a very difficult journey for you all. May you all find peace now.
    It was great to see you and Jerry last Spring in Mesa as it had been such a long time.
    The world has changed with the loss of Jerry , and it will never be the same.
    With love,
    Linda

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  34. Tremblay, Sharon and Albert :

    To Diane and family,

    Peace be with you and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Sincerely,
    Sharon and Albert Tremblay

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  35. Andy and Irene van Doorn :

    To Diane and family,

    With deepest sympathy,
    our prayers are with you and your family
    Sincerely,
    Andy and Irene van Doorn

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  36. Ron Barschel :

    To the Assen family,
    I marshalled with Gerry for a few years and he was the kind of guy who made the day seem better.
    Jack Rooney forwarded this news to me and I am great fur he did.
    Live with the knowledge that Gerry had a great impact on many beyond the family.
    I recall him coming to the range with the Grand kids and looking like he was in heaven then, as I am sure he is now.
    Thinking of you,
    Ron

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  37. Gerald & Helen Matson :

    To the Assen Family,
    We were so sorry to hear the announcement at our Ladies Bible Study in OWS, of the passing away of Jerry. We Prayed that God would wrap His arms around you with His love and compassion and comfort you in ways we cannot. We haven’t known you very long, but long enough to know you are very special people. We are keeping you in our prayers–he will be missed so much by so many.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  38. Scott and Johanna Anderson :

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. We are all thinking of you, and send our love.
    Scott, Johanna, Oliver and Ethan Anderson

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  39. Don and Ginger Teece :

    Diane, you have our deepest sympathy in your loss of Jerry.
    Although I only knew Jerry for a far to short of years, I considered
    him a very close friend. I loved Jerry like a brother and would of trusted him with my life. When I die, if I am lucky enough to get
    into heaven, I know I will be with Jerry again as he will be there
    waiting for us. God bless you and your family and Jerry, RIP, the
    pain is gone.

    With sincere sympathy,
    Don and Ginger

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  40. Anna & Wilf Becker :

    Dianne and Family.
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  41. Terry and Rhonda klein :

    My deepest condolences to you aunty, Kevin and Jassen. I loved uncle Jerry and looked up to him as much as my dad, he was one of my hero’s in my life. Uncle Jerry was a man you could look up to very easily not just because he was a tall man. He was a very hardworking man but very smart, honest a great drive to suceed but most of all it was the great love he had for you and his two sons. My uncle wore his heart on his sleeves and in his eyes every time he would look at you three. When any of you would come into the room a big smile and a soft warm glow would come upon his face, I saw that my whole life. Man that was cool!!! I’m sorry I could not be there but my love and thoughts have always been by your side as if I was. All my love and thoughts will be with. I will always love Uncle Jerry

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  42. Willemien, Onk & Esther, Netherlands :

    Dear Diane & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. What a battle he fought.. we admire his strength, he never gave up. Thank you so much for always keeping us updated. We give you a big hug from overseas, our thoughts are with you. This must be such a hard time for you.
    What a beautiful picture on the condolence page. That is exactly how we remember Jerry, a big smile on his face. Beautiful person, beautiful memories. We think fondly of Jerry and he will be missed by many. Another star in heaven…
    Sending you our love,
    Willemien, Onk and Esther

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  43. Ria and Jo Wolken-Assen from Holland :

    Dear Diane and family, very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.
    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  44. Beste Diane en familie,
    Wij wensen jullie veel sterke bij het verwerken van dit grote verlies.
    Groet; Ellen en Erik Assen en kinderen

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  45. Johanna Gordon (Assen) :

    Dear Diane and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I have such fond memories of him and the Assen Clan. Sending you all love and prayers.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences
  46. Josephine and John Stanton :

    Dear Diane and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I remember him as always being in good humour and fun to be around. Your love for each other was always evident and I know how much you will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Much love, Josephine and John and family.

    Print This Obituary & Condolences Print This Obituary & Condolences

Leave Your Condolence

*

In order to confirm this has been completed by a human, kindly answer the below equation. *