Paquette, Gerard Maurice

June 12, 1949 ~ May 21, 2010

Born in Duncan, B.C., Jerry passed away on Friday, May 21st, after 5 months of living bravely and creatively with cancer. Jerry was an award-winning singer, somgwriter, and musician who lived a generous and compassionate life that he lovingly filled with music, good food, and family. Jerry welcomed, embraced, and inspired those who knew him to pursue their own talents and dreams, and he helped everyone do just that, acting as a mentor for others in the Nanaimo music scene, and through Raincoast Studio, the recording studio he founded. Jerry will be profoundly missed by Susan, his wife of 30 years, and their children, Lucas and Alyse. Predeceased by his father Urbain (Feb. 2009) Also left to mourn are his mother, Claire; his siblings: Rita, Ivan (Debbie), Clem (Meiry), Irene, Roger (Donna), Suzanne, Norman and Noella (Paul).

A special thank you to his sister-in-law, Shelley Sullivan for her generous support in his care and for keeping everyone informed through the blog. Also many thanks to the doctors and nurses who provided Jerry with such excellent care.

A Memorial Service, followed by a celebration of Jerry’s life will be held on Sunday, June 6th at 2 p.m. at the Bowen Park Auditorium, 500 Bowen Road, Nanaimo. A Mass to be held at St. Peter’s Cathlolic Church at 301 Machleary Street on Saturday, June 12th at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at NRGH or to the Child Development Center.

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