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DEWULF, Gerald (Gerry) Benoit

July 16, 1948 –Lafleche, SK
February 25, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Gerald (Gerry) Benoit DeWulf passed away on the evening of Tuesday, February 25, 2014 with his daughters by his side. Kidney cancer may have taken his life, but never his dignity, integrity, or his fierce love for family, especially his wife Bonny Beswick, his daughters Jerusha (Jeri) and Erinn, and his four grandchildren Tyler, Grady, Mitch and Danica.

Throughout the years, Gerry took his work in the Oil Patch seriously. Whether this was in the field (Wyoming and Southern Saskatchewan) or in the office (Calgary), he was respected, precise and demanding. He never met a sport he didn’t like, but his passions were slo-pitch, baseball and golf. He was devoted to his grandchildren and his eyes would light up with joy whenever he had the opportunity to play with them. He was truly a “papa” extraordinaire.

All of us, including Arne Larson and Murray Ledene (Erinn and Jeri’s husbands); five siblings Caroline (Steve) Miller, Gary (Kathy) DeWulf, Judy (Rino) Saccaro, Lorraine (Gerry) Gamble, and Debra (Doug) Laxton, will miss him terribly. He will also be remembered fondly by Polly, mother of Jerusha and Erinn, and many special nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Julien and Vera.

Memorial Services will be held at the Country Hills Golf Club (1334 Country Hills Blvd. N.W.) on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gerry’s name to either the Calgary Minor Softball Association www.calgaryminorsoftball.com or to Kidney Cancer Canada www.kidneycancercanada.ca . All donations will go towards research being conducted by Dr. Danny Heng at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Danny is outstanding in his field of oncology and is a warm and wonderful man who supported us everyday- from beginning to end. We also want to especially acknowledge nurses Glenda and Ina, who treated us with compassion and always had smiles on their faces, along with Dr. Christine Elzinga. Also, thanks goes to the terrific people on Unit 57 and 46 who made his final days as comfortable as possible. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Gerry DeWulf, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. My deepest condolences to you all. Gerry had a profound influence on my life and career. I would not be where I am today without GBD’s mentoring and support. The seven years I worked with him were the happiest of my career. He was not only a wonderful boss, but a good friend. I will miss his smile and wicked sense of humour. I am a better person for having known him.

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  2. Rosalie Pasquet :

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Gerald, much much too young. My prayers are with Bonnie and family, brother and sisters. I am a cousin of his (Julienne (DeWulf) Arams’ daughter. )

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  3. Alain Clermont :

    My sincere condolences to everyone expecially to Judy, Gary, Lorraine, Caroline and Debra. Gerald was a great U of S roomate. My heart goes out to all of you.

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  4. My sincere condolences to your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of loss.
    Catherine Gillis (nee Bond)
    Old School Classmate of Jeri’s

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  5. Patty and Brian McRory :

    Our most sincere condolences to all the family, especially to Bonny. We really appreciated Gerry’s sense of humor and his love of sports and good sportsmanship. Our times together were too few but are very special memories for both of us.

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  6. Mary & Reg Gomke :

    Bonny, we’re are so sorry to hear about Gerry’s passing. Please know that you and Gerry’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Colin and Claire :

    So sorry to hear the sad news about your brother aunt Debbie sending all our love to you during this very hard time and thinking of you often.
    xoxo

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  8. Lawrence Rangen :

    Gerry was a great guy to work with whether alongside or across the table. Sad to hear of his passing.

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  9. Betty Prideaux :

    Erinn,
    I knew your Dad having worked with him throughout the years and I can truly say he was a gentleman and a professional. I’m so sorry for your loss and I hope your precious memories will help ease your sadness and keep him alive always in your heart.

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  10. My sincerest condolences to all of Gerry’s family. I worked with him at Direct Energy. He was truly a wonderful individual.

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  11. sharon burns :

    Sympathies to Gerry’s loved ones. I worked with Gerry in the early years of Marathon, Aberford and Encor, he was always professional and easy going; I was truly sorry to hear of your loss.

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  12. Our condolences to all of Gerry’s family. I fortunately had worked with Gerry early in my engineering career and I may have followed a different path had it not been for Gerry’s quidance and understanding. It was he who transfered me to Saskatchewan, a time I remember fondly. Our family was growing up when Jerusha and Erinn were of babysitting age which came in handly now and then. Getting to know such reliable and well brought up young girls was a blessing. Are prayers are with you all.

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  13. Kody Carroll :

    Every so often you see an individual come through the industry that everyone seems to know, respect and think very highly of. They leave their mark on all who they talk to and shake hands with, and leave a path of integrity and sincerity behind them for others to follow. Gerry was exactly that person. My condolences to your families on Gerry’s passing; my thoughts are and will continue to be with you.

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  14. Murray Lueke :

    To Bonny and all of Gerry’s family,
    We only just learned of Gerry’s passing today so missed the service last week. Gerry was such a gracious and kind person so it was always a great pleasure to be around him, whether playing with him or against him, on the golf course or the diamond. We will all miss him and the generous smile he always carried with him.

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  15. Deanna Myson :

    Erinn and Arne,
    Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your father, Erinn. He has left a wonderful legacy in you and Jeri and his beautiful grandchildren. May you find peace knowing that he is free from the pain and he’ll always be in your hearts.

    Blessings,
    Deanna Myson (Arne’s cousin) and Cal Merritt

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