On Thursday, January 7, 2016, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, Jerry Bourgeois, died suddenly at the age of 87 years.

Jerry is survived by his children: Lucille (Bob) Borutski, Robert (Debra) Bourgeois, Roger Bourgeois, Louis (Sandra) Bourgeois, Michel (Kim) Bourgeois, Gilbert Bourgeois, Denis Bourgeois, and Pierre (Cindy) Bourgeois, 17 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, many brothers and sisters, his loving wife Shirley, twins Michellene and Pierre, and his son Gerald.

Jerome Joseph Bourgeois was born in Joliette, QC on November 17, 1928 to parents Lucien and Albina Bourgeois. As a young man, Jerry enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force, proudly devoting the next 10 years to serving his country. Following his discharge, Jerry married his beloved Shirley and settled happily into parenthood; their home always the gathering place for neighbourhood kids!

Jerry worked as a heavy equipment operator with the Steep Rock mine in Atikokan, ON until it closed in 1979. In 1981, work in the coal mining community brought the Bourgeois family to Elkford, where Jerry worked at Fording River until his retirement in 1993.

Jerry was a “jack-of-all-trades”, always finding something in need of repair. He also enjoyed tinkering and was never afraid to take on a challenge!

Family was first and foremost in Jerry’s life. He embraced those he cared for with unconditional love and support, and appreciated the simple pleasures. Jerry had a warm smile and a kind word for everyone ….. he will be dearly missed!

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