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Submitted by masterfunerald… on Fri, 08/20/2021 - 07:35:AM

C'est avec tristesse que nous annonçons le décès de notre père, le 15 août, 2021, a 81 ans, qui s'est éteint paisiblement à la maison après une longue et courageuse bataille contre le cancer. Il a toujours gardé tout au long de son combat son sens de l'humour et la ténacité qui le caractérisait si bien.

Il laisse dans le deuil son épouse, Pauline Côté (née Rousseau) dont il aura su faire rire et taquiné jusqu'à la toute fin de sa vie, ainsi que ses deux filles Josée (Arthur McKenzie) et Martine (Michael Barnwell). Il fut également un grand-père dévoué à ses petits-enfants Cassiopeia et Rayden Côté-Barnwell dont il aimait leur jouer des tours et
les faire rire et à qui il aimait enseigner « les mots de grand-papa ». Fils de feu de Isidore Côté et feu Emma Côté (née Perreault) et frère de Sr. Viola (FMA), Rosalie (précédé), Lauréanne, Jeannette, Régina, Robert (précédé), Dianne, Zita, et Michel.

Né à Drummond, au Nouveau-Brunswick le 8 novembre 1939 et élevé à la ferme familiale, il a rejoint les Forces Armées Canadiennes à l’âge de 21 ans et a fièrement servi dans la Force régulière pendant 24 ans avant de prendre sa retraite au grade d’adjudant-maître en 1984. Il a ensuite continué à servir notre pays tant que civil au ministère de la Défense nationale pendant encore 15 ans. Il a terminé ses 39 années de service en 1999 en tant que chef des installations de sécurité, après avoir reçu nombreux mérites.

Papa, tu as voyagé et travaillé fort toute ta vie, il est maintenant temps de te reposer en paix.

Une citation tirée de son auteur favori, Robert Service:

"Ce n’est pas la montagne qui vous épuise, c’est le grain de sable dans votre chaussure. "

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, at age 81 years, peacefully at home on August 15th, 2021 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his fight he always kept his sense of humour and tenacity that characterized him so well.
 

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Côté (née Rousseau), whom he laughed with and teased until the end of his life, as well as his two daughters, Josée (Arthur McKenzie) and Martine (Michael Barnwell). He was also a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren, Cassiopeia and Rayden Côté-Barnwell, whom he loved to play tricks to,
make them laugh, and to whom he enjoyed teaching “grandpa words”.

Son to Isidore Côté and Emma Côté (née Perreault), by whom he is predeceased. Loving brother of Sr. Viola (FMA), Rosalie (predeceased), Lauréanne, Jeannette, Régina, Robert (predeceased), Dianne, Zita, and Michel.
 

Born in Drummond, New Brunswick on November 8th, 1939 and raised in a farming family, he joined the Canadian Armed Forces at a young age of 21 and proudly served in the Regular Force for 24 years before retiring as a Master Warrant Officer in 1984. He then continued to serve our country as a civilian in the Department of National Defence for a further 15 years. He ended his 39 years of service in 1999 as Head of Security Installations, having received numerous commendations throughout his long career.


Dad, you have travelled and worked hard for so many years. It is now time for you to rest.


A quote from his favourite author, Robert Service:


“.....Lo! as I bent beneath the rod I raised my eyes....and there was God.”
from poem “The Quest”

 

 

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Zita Dalzell

Thinking of all of you at this sad time. My heart is heavy with sadness yet happy that I had him as my brother. I celebrate his life with all my happy memories.

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C'estt un bien gros morceau perdu lorqu'on perds un mari, un pere, un pepere, un frere... Vous etes tous dans nos coeurs, nos larmes et nos prieres.

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Gilles Rousseau

Nous sommes de tout cœur avec vous. Nous avons que de bons souvenirs de Gérald.
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Marco Durepos

My deepest condolences to Josee and Martine, your father Mon Oncle Gerald was a mentor for a time, i've always remembered the good times we shared and the lessons he taught me. All my love.

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Charles MacDonald

He was a great man, tech and jokester. Had many good times with Gerald. RIP VVV

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Rick Malboeuf

RIP old friend

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Don MacIsaac

Gerry was one of the great ones. I had the opportunity to work with him in the 90s. He always looked after his boys at CMU. He ensured he always had our back. He was a great man, a great leader and one hell of a good friend. I hope the good Lord can handle him and Al Boucher together again. RIP Gerry. You will be missed.

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Tim Richards

RIP Gerald old buddy, I have many great memories of fun times together. The knowledge and passion you showed in professional or personal matters was inspiring. My sympathies to your family.

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Pete Lamontagne

Gerry was a legend in the Tel Tech and Communication Community for his quick wit ,humour and crazy escapades that we all enjoyed. I always enjoyed being in his company. Rest In Peace old friend

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RIP Gerry.

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