Obituary for Gerry Alex

January 19, 2022
It is with deep sadness that the family of Gerald (Gerry) Alex announce his untimely passing at the age of 79, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer.

Gerry is survived by his longtime partner, Jane Tew; son Shannon (Kristine) and daughter Kimberly; as well as three wonderful grandsons, Julien, Beck and Wyatt, all of whom he adored.

Gerry was born in St. Brides, Alta. He spent his formative years in the Beverly neighbourhood of Edmonton and graduated from Eastglen High School.

His career was spent in sales and he became a popular figure amongst the Alberta oil industry, working primarily out of Edmonton and Calgary. He was known throughout the industry as “Cactus” (but he would never tell us the story of why).

Gerry was naturally charming, generous, a hard worker and extremely likeable, and made many great friends over the years. He also met his partner, Jane, on a very lucky sales call one day in 1995. He had many entertaining tales to share of his time in the oil patch.

Gerry retired at age 63 and then, a few years later, he and Jane relocated to Pincher Creek. There, he was active in many clubs and associations, as well as starring in several productions of the Windy Hollow Players. Through all these activities, he made many friends and became a popular member of the local community.

Gerry was also a gifted musician and guitar player. Music was a great love of his, and he was a particular fan of Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Gerry was predeceased by his mother, Mary Ellen, as well as his brothers, Albert, Jim and Gordon, and his sister, Margaret.

In respect of his wishes, cremation has already taken place and a celebration of his life will be planned at a future date.

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