Gerald Kenneth Fidler passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 in his 88th year with his loving daughter and wife by his side.
Gerry was born on May 31, 1935 and was the youngest of 9 children. His sister Marian "Esther" is the only surviving sibling. Lillian (Percy Martin), Harold (Pauline), Ivan (Joy), Clarence (Rita), Clayton, Edward (Mary), Bill (Rena), Marian "Esther" and her husband Charles Dallas and last but not least along came Gerry. Gerry and his wife Verona married in 1979 and had two children - Paul (deceased in 1992) and Cindy (Gord) Lusby. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and several in-laws.
Gerry joined the work force full time when he was just 16. He spent four seasons sailing on Great Lakes Freightliners, worked in Oakville for about 10 years building swimming pools, then 20 years working for Ontario Hydro - a more reliable employee was hard to find. Gerry even worked on his days off - no job was too big or too small. While at Hydro he was proud to receive a "Safety Award" and retired as Acting General Foreman. Gerry was a great family man and excellent provider. After retiring from Hydro, until the age of 80, he and his wife spent every winter enjoying the beautiful weather in Bradenton, Florida. Good health continued for him until recently when he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer.
We want to thank Dr. Marc LaBelle and the staff at Hanover & District Hospital for all the incredible care and kindness extended to Gerry during these difficult times, as well as all the staff at McVean Lodge, who went above and beyond and made us feel like family. He will be missed and loved longer than forever.
Visitation will be held at Mighton Funeral Home, Hanover, on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 1-3 & 6-8 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 11 am. Pastor Lyndsay McGregor officiating. Interment in Hanover Cemetery, Hanover.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honour Gerry or to show expressions of sympathy can do so through donating to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Cindy, I remember how much you admired your dad. He was always good to me, putting up with the little 'extra' girl always hanging around his house. And...I'll always be thankful that he took care of that cat that used to sit on Chiquita's saddle.
Verona, Cindy and family.
So very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. We enjoyed being your neighbors on 7th street. Gerry and Nathan were buddies. He will be greatly missed. Sending our deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Faye, Bruce and Nathan Harris
So sorry for your loss Verona and family I will miss his smile and chats when I would see him on his adventures walking.- Terry,Barry Inglis and Chris Richards
So saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. I will always remember your kind words when we met at Valleyview. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your Mom at this difficult time.
My condolences to Gerald's Fidlers Family.
I remember in my youth helping to plant Pine trees out near AllenPark, with Gerald and Stan. Greald was a good Man.
Sending you big hugs Aunt Verona & Cindy on the loss of such an incredible loving man ♥️ Spent a few summers in Florida with you both so many great memories were shared ❤️ I will cherish his laughter and smile always xoxo- Bobbi jo (Jackson) Vandervoort
To Verona and Cindy
So sorry to hear of Garry's passing .
My sympathy to all of you
From Elva Brown and daughter Heather Brown Emsley.
Very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. A very fine man.My deepest sympathies.- Jerrold Asling
Our deepest sympathies to you Aunt Verona, Cindy & Gord! We will all cherish the memories of Uncle Gerald's beautiful smile, laughter & engaging conversations!
He was a great role model to emulate as he loved his family, friends & the community at large. Such joy he must have experienced when he served others with a true heart!
Praying for GOD's peace, love & comfort during this time & always!
Susanne, Melissa, Sabrina, Brandon and families
Dear CJ and Verona,
My sincerest condolences to you both and all your family. From all the stories I have heard he was a remarkable man who brought a good deal of love to this world. I consider myself blessed to have met and known him even for a short time. May he find peace and rest.
Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts are with you. I will remember his warm smile, infectious laugh and kind heart.
Ken and Kari-Lynn Perdue
Hi Aunt Verona and Cindy,
We want to send our deepest Sympathy on your loss. Uncle Gerry will be sadly missed by us. He was a super guy , loved by all. May he rest in peace. Love Pat & Glen.
Aunt Verona and Cindy, my heart goes out to you on the passing of Uncle Gerald, Uncle Gerald's laughter, kindness, and his attitude of enjoying life to the fullest, will never be forgotten. May his memories give you peace. Thinking of you at this time. Terrilea- Terrilea Fidler
My deepest sympathy to you Aunt Verona and Cindy. Gerry was a wonderful, caring man and he will be missed. Kathy Nussey- Kathryn Nussey
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sending our love and deepest sympathy to you Aunt Verona, Cindy & Gord.
I'll cherish the memories of our chats and chuckles during Uncle Gerald's daily walks past my place. You'll be missed dearly Uncle Gerald.
Love Brenda and Murray
Sending love and hugs to Aunt Verona and Cindy! He was an amazing man!❤️- Dawn Brenndorfer
We enjoyed laughing and playing cards with Gerry and Verona while living at the village seniors. RIP Gerry. Our sympathy to Verona and the family.- Linda
Are deepest condolences from Pat and I and are family Aunt Verona and family you will be missed dearly Uncle Gerald- Nancy (Bennett) Reardon
He was a great Friend and we had many a great laugh in the year I knew him I hope all your good memories will help you at this time ,, RIP Gerry you will be missed Lucy
Our deepest sympathies Verona, Cindy & Gord
There are no words to express our sorrow. Gerry was one of a kind and will forever live in our hearts. We are so thankful for the all laughs shared and memories that will stay with us forever.
We are sorry to hear of Gerry's passing we had many good laughs when we live on 7th Street in Hanover.- John and Gail Ermel
Dear Verona and Cindy, remembering Jerry, sending my condolences,
He such a friendly person and always liked a chat.
Verona and Cindy - Gerry had a heart of gold, walking the halls making sure our mom (Dutch) was doing fine and anyone he would see - always being helpful, could not ask for a better person - sorry for your loss, may he be at peace.
Brad and Marie Hopkins and our mom Dutch
Cindy I am so sorry for your loss of a great Dad. My condolences to you and family.- Ann Kelly
My condolences to all the family- Dorothy Knorr (Cotter)
Out sincere condolences on the passing of Gerry.
Our condolences to Cindy and family. I can still remember those early mornings when Paul and Gerry would pick me up for a ride to Hockey practice at the old coliseum in Hanover. As the obituary says you could not find a nicer decent man around. You will be in our prayers. Time may not heal the wounds of losing a loved one but it does help dull the pain.- Kent Watson