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MILLER, Gerald “Jerry” Allan

January 10, 1947 – Calgary, AB
February 11, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Gerald “Jerry” Allan Miller passed away quietly at his home on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at the age of 67 years.

He was supported throughout his seven month battle with cancer by his loving and devoted wife Gale; son Lee (Janet) Miller; daughter Kim (Larry) Schamp; and by his grandkids Grayson and Stewart Schamp, and Hadley and Shelby Miller – whom Papa was so very proud of.

Jerry, along with business partner, the late Mel Soloway founded Calgary Fasteners and Tools Ltd in 1979. Very early on, they brought on board partners Ron Hall and Moe Gagnon, and together they built the Calgary Fasteners brand. Today, with many additional partners and dedicated staff members, The Fastener Group has grown and can be found from Thunder Bay, ON to the West Coast of Canada. Jerry built a legacy that will continue on under the direction of Ron, Lee and Larry – and his many other partners who will all miss him dearly.

Jerry’s true passion was cars and anything car related. When he wasn’t at the office or spending time with his family, Jerry could be found puttering at his “car shop”. He was a Ford guy, collecting cars and memorabilia from the 1930’s onward. Show and shines, swap meets and antique shops were Jerry’s candy stores. He was always on the prowl for rarities to add to his ever growing collection of years gone by. Jerry was a member of the Western Vintage Oil and Gas Collectors Club, and both he and Gale enjoyed sharing their collection with the other members, attending meetings and each other’s shops and showing off their latest acquisitions. He will be happy knowing that his collection will be well cared for by Gale and Lee (and the GTO will go for the odd trip here and there with Kim).

Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family at the cabin that he and Gale built on Kootenay Lake, just outside of Nelson, BC. Many hours of creek fishing, golfing and boating were spent as Jerry created memories that his kids and grandkids will never forget.

Gale and her family would like to thank Gale’s sister Cyndi and her partner Lloyd, and, her and Jerry’s life-long friend Marg Hutt, for being their rocks during this extremely difficult time, Don McGregor and Novo Cure for always being our ray of hope, and the amazing staff of Qualicare Family HomeCare who treated and cared for Jerry as if he were a part of their own family. We would also like to thank Gerrit Galesloot for his dedication to the company and for taking on extra duties while Jerry was away fighting his fight, and last but not least, everyone who called Jerry a friend – and stood by his side.

In honoring Jerry’s wishes, there will be no service. “It is what it is.” Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Jerry Miller 5 Wood Memorial Fund (in support of junior golf) at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club, Box 28, Site 2, RR1, DeWinton, AB, T0L 0X0 or at any ATB branch or to the Calgary Zoo, c/o Robert Locke, 1300 Zoo Road N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 7V6, www.calgaryzoo.com. Jerry was very proud of the passion that his grandkids showed for the sport of golf as well as their love of animals, and he would be happy to know that he was making a difference.

In living memory of Jerry Miller, 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. Jerry will be missed. Jerry was a great brother and friend. R.I.P. Jerry until we meet again.
    Bruce,Janet,Shaun,Robbie and Family

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  2. Ron & Karen Parkinson :

    Dear Gale & family

    Our deepest condolences for your loss. I really enjoyed working for Gerry. He had quite the sense of humor & was always very fair with his employees. He was also a very good supporter for our organization, The Motorcycle Ride For Dad. Raising money for prostate cancer. We will all miss him so very much.

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  3. Hermes Abrasives (Canada) Limited :

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Jerry’s passing. Our heart felt condolences to you and your family.

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  4. Heinz and Mary Mueller :

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of Jerry to you and your family
    Regards, Heinz and Mary Mueller

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  5. Jim and Debbie McLeod :

    Our Deepest Condolences to All

    We Pray that your Many Happy Memories will be of Comfort to ALL of You now and for The YEARS to COME

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  6. Gale and Family

    I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a great guy with a big heart….now he’s hanging out with the old business partner he started out with. Maybe he and Mel can start a new company together in Heaven. Hugs to all of you.

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  7. We are all very saddened by the news of Jerry’s passing…will always remember Jerry doing deliveries to us in the early days.. ’79…always with a smile and a packing slip…going to miss your humor big time…

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  8. Dana & Foster Lockerbie :

    Dear Gale and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jerry. Our thoughts are with you. Xo

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  9. Dana & Foster Lockerbie :

    Dear Gale and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jerry passing. Our thoughts are with you. Xo

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  10. On behalf of Crestway Systems Ltd, Dennis Dean & staff and myself, Claire Martin, I want to express our deepest Sympathy to Lee and all the family. Your Dad was a great man and will be truly missed.

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  11. Ken & Yvonne Werner :

    We were saddened to hear of his passing. Our condolences to his family. I spent a lot of time talking cars with Jerry and saw him and Lee regularly at shows around the area. I enjoyed the shop tour he took me on…his collection is amazing.

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  12. John and Karen Whitfield :

    We are so deeply saddened by the passing of our Brother-in-Law Jerry. He was a great person, husband, Father and Grandfather. We could not have asked for a better person than Jerry as our Brother-in-Law. We have had, and always will, have many fond memories of Jerry and they will never be forgotten. We send our love and condolences to our sister Gale. Stay strong Sis, we love you. To Lee, Janet, Shelby and Hadley and to Kim, Larry, Grayson and Stewart. We know you will always cherish that you had such a loving father and grandfather (Papa). The torch has now been passed to you to carry on Jerry’s legacy. Always love and look after each other.
    With all our love, John and Karen Whitfield

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  13. Lee,Larry and family, So sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking of you. Sincerely , Mac Hann

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  14. I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of Jerry. Please accept my condolences.

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  15. Allison family and BCF 2000 staff. :

    Jerry, you had a big heart and you were such a joy to be around. I will remember fondly our many travels. You were a pleasure to work with and I always looked forward to seeing you. A great friend that left us far too young .
    Our hearts go out to Gail and the Miller family. No words can express our deepest sympathy.
    Jerry will be missed by the Allison family, Iowna and I and the staff at BCF 2000.

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  16. Mike, Tina, Tom and Lorraine Young :

    To: Gale, Kim ,Lee and Family

    We are deeply sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. From our family to yours, our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Mike, Tina , Tom and Lorraine Young

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  17. To the Millers
    It is with a sad heart to hear that Jerry is no longer with us, he had such a big heart and great perosn to have worked for. My sincere sympathies to your family on losing such a wonderful man.
    Sincerely,
    Karen Thompson

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  18. When I spoke of Jerry to my friends and family , I shared with them on how lucky I felt to have him in my life as a leader and a mentor.
    He was always upfront with me in a direct but open manner and when I had success he rewarded me with approval and humour , when I had failure he was never harsh by being positive and moving on to the next challenge.
    Jerry did have a big heart , and what he did for staff over the years was truly remarkable , he never needed to he just did it .
    He is and always will be a part of all of us at Calgary Fasteners .
    Gary Keen

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  19. Construction Fasteners & Tools :

    The Fastener Group Family has lost another good one. Jerry – we will miss your hearty laugh, your compassionate hugs, your dry sense of humor, your guidance, and your business sense. It has been both an honor and a pleasure to be your partners in Saskatchewan. On behalf of the Howson’s, Kennedy’s, Nykiforuk’s, and the rest of our staff in Saskatoon – our condolences to Gale and family.

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  20. Sandra and Warren Ostrom :

    You may not know us but we were building a house in the first bay of Queen’s Bay at the same time as Jerry was.We were so very sad to learn of his passing. Our prayers are with the family.

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  21. Jean Ellingson :

    My sincere sympathy and thoughts are with you Gale. It was a pleasure knowing both you, Gerry, and your family. I know you will surely miss him. Thankfully you have family and they will be there for you. In case my name doesn’t ring a bell for you, I am a friend of Cathy, Greg, and Les Davis.

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  22. Keith and Jackie Tagg :

    Dear Gale and Family,

    Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss of Jerry. He was a true gentleman and a friend, who Jackie and I will truly miss.
    May the memories your family cherish bring you comfort at this difficult time.
    With all our heartfelt love, sincerely,
    Keith and Jackie Tagg (Club members)

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  23. John & Kathy Mahoney :

    We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Jerry. We were out of the country when we received the news. John and I both have only the fondest memories of your dear husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are truly with you at this very sad time. God bless.
    Yours Sincerely
    The Mahoneys’

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  24. The Elliott Family :

    We are truly so sorry for your loss. Jerry, or as I liked to call him Mr. Miller, was such a wonderful man who touched all of us with his gentle kindness. We thought of Jerry as the most generous and kind hearted person one could meet. He certainly has left a legacy for his grandchildren.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. God bless you all.
    Our hearts ache for you…The Elliotts

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  25. Tom Dorman/John Pfaff :

    In an age when companies are increasingly run by bean -counters, and overly aggressive MBA’s ,
    Jerry was always a ” people first ” person . There are endless examples of his caring ways and generosity. Jerry was a good friend, a great long term customer, and an example to us all of a life well lived.
    Gone too soon, but forever a part of each of us who were lucky enough to have known him.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Tom Dorman/ John Pfaff
    and all the staff at Ucan Fastening Products

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  26. Debra J Reynolds :

    Bruce I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts are with during this time. Jerry was a good brother…recalling memories from long ago Jerry was so very good to my Dad (Frank) patience, laughter and understanding were there.

    Love n Light
    Debbie Reynolds

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  27. Ozelle & Rod Case and family :

    Dear Kim and family,

    Please accept our condolences on the passing of your Dad. May your wonderful memories comfort you during this difficult time. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

    Take care,
    The Case Family
    Tecumseh, ON

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  28. Stephen Goodwin :

    Dear Gale and Family,
    Cassandra and I were saddened to hear that Jerry had passed away. Jerry was a true friend of all his fellow club members at the Western Vintage Oil and Gas Collectors Club. Jerry’s kid-like enthusiasm for cars and for sharing stories of where or how he found a certain car or gas pump or sign will be missed. Jerry’s warm and generous personality will be missed. On behalf of the WVOaGCC please accept our condolences.
    Steve Goodwin
    WVOAGCC

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  29. That’s the way the cookie crumbles! Sorry bud.

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