John Gerald (Gerry) McEachern
Passed on July 4, 2020
April 22, 1957- July 4, 2020 Survived by his wife Lindy, daughter Brennley (Nick) Vodden, son Brad (Marla) McEachern, grandchildren Brooke and Vaughn Vodden and baby McEachern expected imminently, siblings: Lynda (Wes) Wiebe, Bill (Heather) McEachern, Faye (John) Peckover, Scott (Janice) McEachern, Barb McEachern brother in law Gary Richardson, brothers and sisters in law Rod (Sheryle) Deprez, Doug (Vicky) Deprez, Don (Laurie) Deprez, Laurie (Arlene) Deprez, Dave (Debbie) Deprez, Leanne (Doug) Sinclair and numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother and father May and Jack McEachern, and sister Sandi Richardson. Gerry was born and raised on a family farm in Carman, MB, where his appreciation for construction started by making wishing wells and birdhouses. During his teenage/early adult years he was a volunteer firefighter and you could find him playing sports, waterskiing in Stephenfield or at the curling rink. His first job was at a Circle 3 Feed Lot in Carman, MB. He graduated high school in 1975 and his mom influenced his decision to start his career at the CIBC in Carman that year. Gerry worked for CIBC in various roles throughout southern Manitoba. He met Lindy in Lac du Bonnet at a summer curling bonspiel in 1983 and they were married on July 13, 1985 and went on to have two children, Brennley and Bradley. Their family settled in Altona where they lived for 28 years. Family time included many camping trips and sports events as the kids grew older. He enjoyed working with his hands and spent countless amounts of hours on home construction projects in his spare time. He was interested and always willing to help out with projects and offer his advice on how it should be done. Gerry was a proud husband, father, Papa and an avid golfer. He never had a shortage of treats for the grandkids and loved taking them for quad and golf cart rides. After a well-respected 42 year career at CIBC, he retired to Pleasant Valley in 2017. There he spent his time golfing with the super seniors, cruising on the pontoon, ice fishing, refreshing drinks and dinners with friends and family. Sooner than expected but peacefully with family by his side, Gerry passed away after an extremely brave and well fought battle with salivary duct cancer. He was at peace and so proud of his family and the life that he lived. There will be a small family graveside service that will be held at a later date. Special thanks to Dr. Roach, Dr. Bemment and staff at the Tri Lake Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Pelican Lake Healthy Lake Committee.
Lindy and family We were so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. We wish you all Peace and comfort as you remember him. Our sincere condolences Denise (Anderson) Biccum and Scott Biccum CIBC Colleague Virden
Did not know Gerrie long but had the pleasure of playing golf in Florida with him and knew I had met a great gentleman. God bless your family and be positive that his legacy will live on as he touched many lives.
My sincere condolences to Gerry's life partner and family. Gerry truly wanted things to work out for others wether it was family or clients! Too soon gone.
Dear aunt Lindy, Brennley and Brad. We are so sad to hear the news about the passing of our uncle Gerry. In the short time that we have met each other, we have had the pleasure of getting to know your warm and welcome family. But we will never forget the humor and kindness of uncle Gerry! We hope you will find strength with each other and we will keep the memories alive! Sending you love from Belgium
Ellen & Pieter, Sarah Debeer
Dear Lindy and Family, we are very sorry for your loss. He was a sweet and kind happy man. We didn't know him very long but when you were around him it was like you knew him all your life. We can't tell you how much it has met to us to have had him in our lives. Our prayers are with you and your children and grandchildren and his siblings. GOD BLESS
MR & Mrs RICHARD EDWARDS
Lindy, we were so saddened to hear the news of Gerry's passing. It was great to get to know you both as we spent many times at the rink watching our boys play hockey together. Our deepest sympathy to you, Brennley, Brad and their families. Cherish the memories you have, and hug each other a little tighter. Take care!
Les & Glenda Funk
I first met Gerry when he came to Miami as my boss, Branch Manager. We have lots of good memories of those years. Lindy we are thinking of you and your family and remembering all the good times we had together. Our deepest condolences.
Donna & Jim Moreton
Thank you Gerry for being the best manager I ever had ...I have always cherished the memories working for CIBC you helped and supported me in my career as well as provided new and improved avenues for Danny and I to expand our farm ... there are no words to describe how much we appreciated your support ... Our condolences to Lindy and Your family
Danny & Anita Penner
Gerry you brought instant joy and friendship to our family when your daughter Brennley married our son Nick. So many good times were had. Your genuine kindness, willingness to help fix, make or build whatever was needed at the lake or at Nick & Brennley 's house was amazing. Family was always your number 1 priority. Lindy, Brennley& Nick, Brad & Marla may the wonderful memories bring you strength during this very difficult time. Gerry you will be missed. A gentle caring soul gone too soon.
Rocky & Eileen Vodden
Gerry was a colleague for many years. I knew him as a dedicated , hard-working individual who always gave his best. I never did golf with him, but I know he was a pretty decent curler! We've lost a good one. Sincere condolences to his family.
Gerry and I were colleagues , friends and even though I was his “boss “ for a while I was really never his boss ; he and I enjoyed many road trips together with a few refreshment stops along the way ! I will forever remember our times together and cherish those memories ! Stay strong Lindy - and know your loss is shared by many others
Our sincere condolences to Lindy and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Becky and Rick Klassen
The best banker I ever had. Always encouraging and had a lot of trust in me and I was probably one of the most troublesome customers with all of my crazy ideas . I sincerely respected and enjoyed him. my sincere sympathies go out to his family. Gerald W Loeppky
Gerald W Loeppky
Gerry will be sadly missed by myself and my family. We worked together for 30 years during which time I learned to appreciate Gerry’s humour and never a dull moment! Gerry touched all our lives at CIBC and for that he will be in my memory forever. My deepest condolences to Lindy and family.
Gerry was the best banker I have ever worked with. In 1997 we built our first barn and Gerry borrowed us 100% of the money. He said this should never work but I have faith in you guys. When times got tough Gerry always encouraged us to keep moving ahead never look back. Lots of bankers could learn from Gerry. Great personality, he was the best of the best in my books and was always proud of his family that was always the opener on our meeting. How’s the family!
We have only known Gerry for a few years. His son Brad married our daughter Marla and we have had the opportunity to get together with Gerry, Lindy, and the rest of their wonderful family. Gerry has left a remarkable legacy for the future. A community and business leader, a husband, a father, and grandfather, Gerry has touched the lives of many through his own life’s work and his special love of his family, nature, and sport. Gerry always had a warm smile and good joke to tell. It was clear that he enjoyed life and continued to be optimistic and positive even through the challenges of his illness. His legacy lives on through his children and family. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathies go out to the entire family. May he rest in peace. Wade and Cindy Petranik
Wade and Cindy Petranik
Our most sincere condolences Lindy and family. He will be fondly remembered 💞
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