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ESCH, Gerald Edward

1940 – Saskatoon, SK
2013 – Calgary, AB

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald (Jerry) Edward Esch on May 22, 2013 at the age of 73.

Jerry was born in 1940 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to parents Percy and Ruth Esch. Jerry was a gifted athlete who loved playing sports throughout his life. While attending Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon, Jerry led his football squad while also playing competitive hockey and baseball. Later as a passionate golfer, Jerry also spent many happy years on the links with his friends and colleagues. Hockey was a sport very close to Jerry’s heart. As a young man, he played Junior A hockey for five years with the Saskatoon Quakers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and at the age of sixteen, was signed to the Chicago Blackhawk family of teams. Jerry played pro-hockey with the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Professional Hockey League and the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Eastern Professional Hockey League. Jerry continued to play hockey into his mid 20’s with the Saskatoon Senior Quakers in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League where he represented Canada on a European tour in 1962.

Jerry entered the business world in 1962 when he joined his father Percy in his company Concrete Drainage Pipe. From shoveling gravel to becoming a partner, Jerry and his father spent many years building a successful business. In 1986, they sold their operations to Genstar. Jerry continued to work with Inland Cement, a subsidiary of Genstar, for sixteen years, retiring in 2002, as the Vice- President of Aggregate Operations at Inland for Western Canada.

Jerry is survived by his wife Norma-Jean; his children, Cindy (Michael), Keith (Carolina), Rob, Marla and Stephanie (Seth); his eight grandchildren; brother Merv (Erna); and sisters Thelma and Sharon (Len). He was predeceased by his twin sister Joan (Ernie). Jerry was very proud of his family and cherished the many moments they all shared together. As a lifelong animal lover, Jerry also loved spending time with his beloved pets. Jerry will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour and gifted storytelling. We love him and he will be missed forever.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be directed to Carewest Sarcee Hospice (www.carewest.ca) or Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation (www.heavencanwait.ca). The family would like to sincerely thank the staff and volunteers at Carewest Sarcee Hospice for their wonderful care and support.

In living memory of Gerald Esch, 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.

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  1. Doreen Roach :

    Our thoughts are with all the family at this sad time. Gerry was a friend to us, a very kind, considerate man. We enjoyed the short times we spent with him. Sincere condolences to all of you.
    Seths parents-Wayne & Doreen

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  2. myrna (perrin) schellenberg :

    Norma-Jean,
    I am sorry that I will not be able to attend the service for Jerry on Thursday. I want you to know that I will be thinking of you and praying for you that day and the days ahead as you move into a life without him.
    You are probably grateful that Jerry is no longer suffering but that does not fill the hole that Jerry’s passing will leave in your life and your soul.
    I wish you well in the days and weeks ahead.

    Jerry’s cousin
    Myrna (perrin) Schellenberg

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  3. myrna (perrin) schellenberg :

    Merv, Thelma, and Sharon,
    It is only recently that I heard of Jerry’s illness. I was so sorry to hear that and now I am even sadder to hear of his passing.
    The obituary in the Star Phoenix did justice to the Jerry that I knew. He was quite a guy!
    I hope you are all well and that knowing people cared about your brother and that we care about you, will help a wee bit.
    Myrna Schellenberg

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  4. Vi Van Allen :

    Thelma, I am so sorry to learn of Jerry’s passing; I remember all the times you spoke of him and know he will be greatly missed. Please contact me. Vi Van Allen

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  5. Judy McIvor :

    Norma Jean and Family,
    I know how close your family is & how much you will miss him. Keep the memories of Jerry close by sharing them with each other and friends.
    I didn’t know Jerry well but his smile was big & bright.

    Judy McIvor

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  6. Forrest Scharf :

    Marilyn, Cindy, Keith, Rob, and Marla…
    It tugs at my to heart to hear about the passing of Jerry.
    I have so many fond memories…
    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Forrest Scharf (Forr)

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  7. Lou & Barb Hryniuk :

    It is with deep sadness that we read of Gerry’s passing. Gerry was a great friend and former neighbour in Saskatoon. Although it has been a few years since we crossed paths. We sincerely convey our condolences to Keith, Rob, Cindy, Marla and of course, Norma Jean. May the passing days ease your pain, along with wonderful memories of a great father, dear husband and friend.
    Thinking of you all,
    Lou & Barb Hryniuk
    Parksville, BC

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  8. Barry and Ann Poulter :

    Norma-Jean and family.
    We are so very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing, our sincere sympathy and condolences to you all.
    Barry and Ann Poulter (Trilogy)

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  9. Terry & Don Holsten :

    Norma Jean

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your memories bring comfort now and in the days ahead.
    Terry & Don Holsten

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  10. Dave and Doris Walker :

    We will always remember Jerry for his warm sense of humour, his friendship and his generous hospitality. To Norma Jean and the family – you are in our thoughts and we hope that with time, you will find some comfort in your memories of him.

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  11. Merlis Belsher :

    To the Jerry Esch Family
    I am very sorry to learn of Jerry’s passing. Jerry and his Dad owned a very successful concrete pipe manufacturing company in Saskatoon. Notwithstanding that Jerry’s concrete pipe company and my company were competitors for many years in Saskatoon Jerry was always my friend. If my company required assistance Jerry would be there! He was a man of extreme integrity throughout his career, and indeed a credit for decades to the concrete products industry. Our sincere condolences are extended to Jerry’s entire family.

    Merlis Belsher
    Saskatoon

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  12. Bert and Donna Fizzell :

    To Norma-Jean and Family,

    Sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.Bert has fond memories of playing junior hockey together back in the day in Saskatoon.They also turned pro in the same year. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

    Donna and Bert Fizzell
    Calgary Alberta

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  13. Lori and Byron Harvie :

    To Norma-Jean and the Esch family:
    Our deepest sympathy to you at this time. We have fond memories of Jerry dating back to Bedford Road Collegiate.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Lori and Byron Harvie
    Saskatoon

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  14. Doug and Judy Bell :

    Stephanie and Seth,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. May these days pass quickly, leaving behind only the happy memories. Enjoyed seeing you last year, Steph. Please convey our sympathy to the rest of your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Doug and Judy Bell, Saskatoon

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  15. dave and Neva Mckeague :

    We were very sorry to hear of Jerry’s illness and subsequent passing. He was a warm generous man with a great sense of humour and full of kindness.We will miss him

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  16. Alec & Gail Kocur :

    To Norma-Jean
    We wish you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to hold in your heart forever.

    With heartfelt condolences,
    Alec & Gail Kocur

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  17. Ron and Judith Clarke :

    An honorable and brave man has slipped from our midst. Jerry loved life, loved his family dearly and endured a battle he could not win with courage and grace. Many thanks for your support and friendship through some of life’s darkest moments. Your parting words when we last said goodbye will prevail:”Life is good.” Our hearts and best wishes go to Norma Jean and the entire Esch family through the journey that lies ahead.

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  18. Kathleen mccorkell :

    Deepest Sympathy to Jerry”s family. Thelma was very proud of Jerry ! Thelma keep the the memories of the good times with him in your heart.

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  19. Kathleen mccorkell :

    Deepest Sympathy to Jerry’s family. Thelma keep the good memories of Jerry in your heart to help you with this loss.Kathleen

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  20. Conni Budgell- Larson :

    NJR
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your husband .Thinking of you ,
    Conni

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  21. Elwood Flynn :

    Dear Norma-Jean Esch and Family;

    Jerry was a unique and talented man who made this old world a better place. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. At this unfortunate time of sorrow we extend our deepest sympathy to the Esch family.

    Sincerely,
    Elwood Flynn

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  22. helen mcdonald lewis :

    My deepest sympathy to all the family. There is now another star in Heaven

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  23. Stephen Collier :

    As a long time friend of Seth and Stephanie, Jerry and Norma-Jean opened their home and generosity to me many times over the years. I sincerely enjoyed every moment and will never forget that kindness.

    Thinking of you all with love and the deepest sympathy.

    Sincerely,

    Stephen Collier
    Calgary, AB

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  24. Jay and Sharon Likely :

    Norma-Jean and Esch Family
    Jerry loved life, his family, and generously supported others whenever the opportunity arose. His warmth, kindness and sense of humour will be sorely missed. Our hearts and deepest sympathy go out to Norma-Jean and the Esch family.

    Sincerely
    Jay and Sharon Likely

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  25. Shelagh Ricketts :

    Norma Jean,

    Sorry I couldn’t be there today to help celebrate Jerry’s life with you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Shelagh

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  26. Paul Lirette :

    Dear Cindy,

    On behalf of the PLT members and EA’s, I would like to send you our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts are with you and your family. In memory of your father, GSK will be donating to Carewest. Sincerely, Paul

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  27. Tom and Sally Weir :

    Thinking of Jerry and all of his loving family today. His desert friends will miss him very much. Sending condolence card to mortuary. Please forward to Norma Jean Esch.

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