Gerald Arthur Nestor
Feb. 3, 1936 – March 13, 2020
Gerald Arthur Nestor, born Feb. 3, 1936, in Edmonton, Alta., to Arthur and Emily Nestor, went to be with the Lord on March 13, 2020, under the loving care of the Good Samaritan staff of Rocky Mountain House and daughter Cathy by his side.
Gerald (Jerry) took his schooling in the Edmonton area and began his working career. While working at a local theatre, he met and married his first love, Eva, in 1956. They had three children over the next six years. While working at Loblaws, Jerry was offered a transfer to the West Coast. The family packed up and moved to the Richmond/Ladner area and he continued his career in the food industry.
In 1975, Jerry and Eva parted and Jerry was to meet Marie and her three children. They moved back to Alberta to Marie’s farm and made a life together for the next 45 years. Jerry started working at IGA in Rocky and over the years spent time at Mac’s, Co-op, owning the Leslieville store and G&M Foods in Rocky for some time. After receiving a life-saving kidney from his daughter Cathy in 1998, he continued to be very active enjoying his grandchildren, family and friends.
Jerry was very giving. He always had candy available for children or anyone who would accept his open hand with the latest new candy flavour of the day. Their yard, his pride and joy, was done to the nines always. Even when Jerry’s eyesight started to fail, he would be on his trusty lawnmower, slicing up the odd garden hose and extension cord. Jerry’s love of picture taking became his passion, giving away hundreds of pictures to family and friends. A love of gospel and country music took up a lot of his time after retiring to town.
Jerry is survived by one sister Lorrain (Jack - deceased) Jasper, their children Douglas, Lisa, Randy and their families; two daughters, Cathy (Ric) Pickup, Diane Nestor; son Ric Nestor; grandchildren, Kyle, Tabetha, Mitchell, Brandon (deceased), and Tiffany; Marie’s daughters, Laurie (Wayne) Heilkkinen, Suzanne (Kyle) Greenwood, and son Jeff (Karen) Waddell; grandchildren Matthew, Christopher, Aaron, Colton, Sarah, Carley and their families. Jerry was predeceased by his loving partner of 45 years, Marie Waddell. At Jerry’s request there will be no service. He has bequeathed his body to the Anatomical Gifts Program at the University of Alberta in Edmonton for study and research.