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McVEIGH, Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Louise (nee Norman)

February 6, 1933 – Toronto, Ontario
March 7, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with sadness the McVeigh family announces the passing of Geraldine (Gerry) on March 7, 2016 at the age of 83 in Calgary.

Geraldine was born in Toronto in 1933 and in her early 20’s, married Jim McVeigh. Her son Michael was born in 1956 and when her husband’s work brought them to Calgary shortly thereafter, they completed their family with the arrival of daughters Linda and Cheryl.
As a young mother, her time was spent with her children and cultivating friendships, some of which have lasted a lifetime. Her work life included 20 years at Chevron Canada managing records in the drafting department, where many new friendships were made. Gerry engaged in the community through canvassing, working elections and active involvement in the United Church. After her own daughter, Cheryl, passed away at age 19, she was able to apply her training in grief support to counsel and assist others who had gone through a similar loss. Despite some of the hardships Gerry experienced in her life, her beautiful spirit always shone through. This was again evident during her last 6 ½ years at Brentwood Care Centre where many new friendships grew. She was rarely seen without a smile.

Gerry is survived by her son Michael (Lindy); her daughter Linda (Carsten) Jaeger; and her grandchildren (Landon, Shane, Melanie and Suzanne). She also has many relatives in Ontario from her extended family.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Graveside service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com. Thanks are also extended to the many caregivers at Brentwood Care Centre.

In living memory of Geraldine McVeigh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Barb SexSmith

    Mike and Linda,
    So very sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She was such a special lady, with such a beautiful heart.
    Barb SexSmith

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  2. Sandra Follett

    Dear Linda and Michael and families;
    I shared a birthday with your mother, Feb. 6 and many cards were sent back and forth. I met Gerry at St David’s church through the Christopher Leadership Course. We had great talks. I loved her positive attitude and strength. I‘m sorry I lost touch with her after her last move. I know you will all miss her and I send my love and sincere condolences.
    Sandra Follett

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