February 7, 2012

JERRY JOSEPH DECOOKE On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Jerry’s Funeral Service was held at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue. Interment followed in Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley Street.Publish Date: Feb 18, 2012JERRY JOSEPH DECOOKE It is with deepest regret that we announce the sudden passing of Jerry Joseph Decooke on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the age of 76 years. Left to forever cherish Jerry’s memory are two daughters Linda (Rick) Giesbrecht, Sharon (Jody) Czastkiewicz; four grandchildren, Jenna, Serina, Steven and Katie; as well as many nieces and nephews of Regina; brother-in-law Bill (Ann) Carey of Regina; and sister-in-law Sandra Traynor. He was predeceased by his loving wife Carole of 39.5 years; son Alan Decooke; parents Cyril and Victoria Decooke; two sisters Germaine Carey from Regina and Linda Munroe of Winnipeg; Carole’s parents Lorne and Ellen Boucher of Winnipeg and a brother-in-law Bill Traynor of Winnipeg. Jerry was born October 21, 1935 in Holland Manitoba and then resided in Winnipeg to complete his education in St. Boniface. He later did a tour of duty in the military with the 1st Airborne Division in Edmonton. He was trained and qualified as a paratrooper. Upon returning to Winnipeg, Jerry met a wonderful nurse named Carole, got married and had three children, Linda, Alan, Sharon. They had a beautiful and loving marriage of 39.5 years. Taking up employment in the Graphic Arts Printing Industry, Jerry was an apprentice pressman, and a long time employee with Display Industries in Public Press and LGM Graphics as a journeyman pressman. He also found employment with Dot printer and Spot Graphics. Jerry retired from printing as a journeyman in October 1996, after a career of 42 years in the printing industry winning several awards for his knowledge and dedicated service. Jerry always loved spending time with his family and friends especially during family functions. He will be remembered for his genuine heart, his happy smile and his understanding personality. He was a very sincere person and always thought of others. When you needed him, Jerry was there for you. He enjoyed making new friends as he made his way across life’s journey. Dad, I hope you know that everyone loves you very much and misses you for who you were, a great and wonderful man. You will live in our hearts forever; you always keep our souls strong when life’s journey could falter. On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, Jerry’s Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue. Interment will follow in Waverley Memorial Gardens, 1501 Waverley Street. Our family wishes to thank Dr. David Breckman, Assiniboine Clinic, St. Boniface Cardiac Surgery Clinic and Dr, David Meyrowitz, Cardiac Specialist for all their professionalism and the way they truly cared through the years. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200 – 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. Messages of condolences may be made at To Those I Love and Those Who Loved Me When I am gone, release me, let me go… I have so many things to see and do. You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears; Be happy that we had so many years. I gave to you my love, you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown, But now it’s time I traveled on alone. So grieve a while for me if grieve you must; Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It’s only for a while that we must part, So bless the memories within your heart. I won’t be far away, for life goes on; So if you need me, call and I will come, Though you can’t see me or touch me, I’ll be near And if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear, All of my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone, I’ll greet you with a smile and say, Welcome Home.Publish Date: Feb 11, 2012JERRY JOSEPH DECOOKE On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Jerry died at the Health Sciences Centre the age of 76 years. A longer obituary notice will follow in Saturday’s newspaper edition.Publish Date: Feb 11, 2012Publish Date: Feb 11, 2012   As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on February 11, 2012