In Memory of




Obituary for Gerald Francis Oliver

On Sunday January 15th, Gerald (Jerry) Francis Oliver, a beloved husband, father, grand father and great grand father, passed away. Jerry was 93.

Born to Francis and Dimpna Oliver, in Conception Bay, NFLD. Jerry was one of six siblings; Leo, Felix, Francis, Dimp and Siss.

As a young man Jerry left the “Rock” and relocated in Toronto, where he was employed at Pioneer Luggage. He met and became smitten with a young Irish lass there Mary. Jerry would skip a few meals in order save up for ballroom dancing lessons at the Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio so he could ask Mary out for a night on the dance floor.

Jerry and Mary wed on November 5th 1960, at St Michaels Cathedral, on Church st in Toronto and soon started their family. First born, David arrived on December 27th 1961, followed by their second son Brian, born December 17th 1963.

Jerry went on to new employment at TPT Transport, on O’Connor dr, staying with the company, working the afternoon shift for 27 years.

Jerry lost his dance partner Mary, following complications after a heart attack she suffered, on February 15th 1997.

After time spent healing a broken heart, Jerry was persuaded by his sister-in-law, Vie; Felix’s wife, to visit NLFD “For-A-Stay”. There, Jerry was reacquainted with Theresa; a neighbour and school pal from his youth. Theresa lost her husband the same year Jerry lost Mary and a close friendship soon started. They began to spend more time together, flying between Toronto and NLFD.

After a few years of the back and forth travel, they made it official and wed in Toronto.

Jerry relocated to the place of his birth, Conception Bay, with Theresa, until her passing in 2014.

Jerry moved back to Toronto, to spend time with his sons family’s.

Jerry stayed in the Toronto area, until his passing this year.

Jerry will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and his selflessness. His love of the Lord Jesus Christ and his wonderful, witty and dry east coast humour.

Jerry will be forever missed by his sons David and Brian and his family, Barbara, Andre, John, grand daughter Julia- Mary and great grand son, Remington.

Friends and family are invited to gather for a visitation at NEWCASTLE FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday January 24th from 10:00 am until the time of service in the funeral home chapel at 11:00 am.