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Gerald Gerry Odegaard

June 26, 1937 - November 28, 2010


Odegaard, Gerald Allan passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 28, 2010. Gerry fought a courageous 8 month battle with Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer and never was a complaint heard. He often said “We do the best we can!” Born on June 26, 1937 at Nurse Lidstrom’s home in Canwood, Saskatchewan. Predeceased by his parents Ervin and Emma Odegaard, he is lovingly remembered by his wife Mary nee (Thiessen) of 54 years, daughter’s Leanne Page (Rick Harrison), Lana (Dave) Cech, Keli (Kelly) Sinclair, Kim (John) Hoffmann, 9 grandchildren Erik, Natasha, heather, Krista, Melissa, Kirsten, Tyler, Brandon and Megan, 4 great grandsons, brother Lance (Sharon) Odegaard and Lance’s children Brad (Susy) Odegaard, Carmen (Keith) Hall, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and his special four legged companion “Buddy”.
As a boy, Gerry worked at his parent’s store, Nestledown General and moved to British Columbia in 1956 where he worked for Hudson’s Hardware and Safeway as Produce Manager. In 1966 Gerald moved to Shawnigan Lake where he and Mary bought and operated Aitken and Fraser General Store, AKA Gerry’s from June 1966 to January 2000. A family business employed all 4 daughters at one time and a son-in-law, Dave. Gerry always said the store couldn’t have run without all the wonderful staff that worked with him over the years and always made time to enjoy a visit with the customers. The store even made it to the big screen in a scene from the movie “Lake Placid”. Mary and Gerry sold the store and retired in 2000 although one of his daughters Lana, continues working there. Together they enjoyed many winters at their favourite hot spot, Waikiki. Gerry volunteered with the Shawnigan Lake Fire Hall for 13 years and also enjoyed playing hockey (guess he’s always been a fighter since he seemed to spend a lot of time in the penalty box), baseball, curling, gardening and gazing out over the lake. Gerry also looked forward to his luncheon visits with little brother Lance.
Many thanks to Vancouver General Hospital nurses for their special care, the Cancer Clinic radiation staff, Cowichan District Hospital, Mike Wright from BC Ambulance, The Oswego Hotel’s caring staff and many of our extended family and friends! Thanks to Harold Wallace for all of his guidance through this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers donations can be designated to “Soft Tissue Sarcoma Cancer” Canadian Cancer Society 565 West 10th Ave. Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J4. A celebration of life will be held at Shawnigan Lake Community Center 2804 Shawnigan Lake Road Shawnigan Lake, BC on Friday December 10, 2010 at1:00 p.m. Please bring your stories to share – spoken or written!


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From: David & Barb Boyles
Relation: friend

David & I are deeply sadden by the passing of Gerry. Fort Derussy beach will never be the same for us neither would a Pro Bowl Game. What could be more exciting the game or getting scalped tickets.

From: Donna and Doreen Sayers and family
Relation: We met Gerry at the General Store.

Please accept our sincere sympathy for your recent loss. We are still trying to cope with our own loss,and know what you are going through. Our thoughts are with Lana, Mary and the family. Gerry was a very special person.

From: Elaine and Denis Nessman
Relation: friends of Lana and Dave

Lana, Dave, Krista and Melissa–We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad and grandpa. We will always remember his perpetual cheerfulness and positive outlook on life, characteristics that he passed on to you, Lana. We’re thinking of you during this tough time for your family. With much sympathy, Elaine and Denis

From: Jo-Ann Koenders

Mary, please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Through out the years, both Gerry and yourself have brightened up my day and my heart. May that light continue to burn for you.

From: kent Skinner (Frost)
Relation: went to school with Kim & Kelly

I was in grade five when my step father moved us to shawnigan. I have found memories as a child of Mr. odegaard. I went to school with his girls. I remember, I thought that Kim & Kelly were so luckly to have a dad like him. When I was a teenager, my friend & I had long hair. Mr. Odegaard would tease us. “Hello Ladies” he would say when we came in. I had an enjoyable encounter with him at Canadian Tire this year. He still knew who I was. In my eyes he was a real great man who I held alot of respect for. He will be truly missed.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 10, 2010
Beginning at 1:00pm

Shawnigan Lake Community Centre
2804 Shawnigan Lake Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada V0R 2P2

2804 Shawnigan Lake Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC Canada V0R 2P2

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