With great sadness, the family of Gerald Joseph (Jerry) Tetu of Fort Frances, Ont. mourn his passing. He passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday morning, Aug. 7, 1999 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jerry was born Oct. 22, 1945 in Fort Frances. He had lived most of his life in the Rainy River District, and attended school in Stratton and Rainy River.
Jerry worked at various jobs, some of which included the Department of Highways, Griffith Mines, Green’s Furniture, and Revco Carpet. He and business partner Ralph McMahon owned and operated Modern Plumbing and Heating for a time.
Jerry’s most recent employment was with the Town of Fort Frances as manager of Operations and Facilities, a position he really enjoyed and where he remained until his recent illness.
Jerry enjoyed boating, fishing, and relaxing at the beach. His greatest love was his family and friends but especially spending time with his four granddaughters.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Clara (Lee) and Laurie Tetu.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 30 years, Coreen (Susie) Stromsnes; daughters, Debbie (friend, Tim), and Lori (Scott); son, Mike (Dienna); and four granddaughters, Janelle, Hailey, Calie, and Kristina.
Also surviving are his sisters, Georgette Gill and family (friend, Arnie), Lorraine (Ken McDonald) and family, and Shirley (Lloyd Henrotte) and family; and one brother, Ed (Lois) and family.
Also surviving is mother-in-law, Nora; and brother-in-law, Jerry Stromsnes.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999 at 2 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances, with Pat White officiating. Eulogy was given by Scott Clendenning.
Honourary pallbearers were Gaston Godbout, Ernie Clinker, George Revus, Deane Cunningham, Bill Naturkach, Doug Gill, Rick McEvoy, Ken Egan, Don Mulholland, and Keith Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Northern Cancer Research Foundation, 290 Munro St., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7A 7T1.