Jim had a huge heart and was known for his kind nature, which he shared with people and animals. He enjoyed meeting and talking to people wherever he went. Jim started his Canadian broadcasting career when he left his Saskatchewan home of Kisbey, Saskatchewan at the young age of 18 to attend the Montreal Campus of the Radio College of Canada in Montreal in 1954. This was followed by work in Regina at the Dictaphone Corporation and then CKCK Radio. Jim joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Regina in 1962 in audio technology, and later CBC Edmonton where he remained for the duration of his career until his retirement. Jim had many exciting adventures during his time at CBC covering sporting events such as the Arctic Winter Games, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Hockey Night in Canada, Canadian Football League Games, as well as local music programs, such as the Tommy Banks Show and local news programs. Many were the stories he shared from the years with CBC. He was an active member of the CBC Alumni after retirement and looked forward to monthly breakfast meetings.
Jim loved horses and dogs, and volunteered for over 30 years with the Edmonton Hunter Jumper Association and other groups first as an announcer and later in running the audio sound systems for various equestrian shows hosted at the Whitemud Equestrian Centre. Jim was handy with tools and always figured out a way to fix anything. He loved leatherwork and repaired horse tack, saddles, horse blankets and boots for dozens of riders over the years (including step-daughter Erika) and was known for the careful work he did. He also took up silversmithing with wife Amy.
Jim loved music of all kinds, but especially opera. Amy and Jim were able to travel to Europe on several occasions, highlighted by attending a concert at the Vienna State Opera in a state box no less! Musical concerts in churches and palaces in Vienna, Venice and Florence were also enjoyed, as well as other adventurous trips to Paris, Southern France, Monaco and Italy to name a few. Jim was always inquisitive and eager to try his (rusty) French out on anyone he met.
Jim is truly missed by all who knew him, but in particular by Amy his wife, his children Debbie (Rob) Unger; Ron (Denise) Gerlock, Erika Gerlock; and grandchildren Dustin (Jessica) Gerlock, Ashley (Brady) Henderson; Richard Van Oosterom, Willem Van Oosterom and Kate Van Oosterom; Jim was predeceased by his parents Jean and Ernest Gerlock of Kisbey, and sister Ruth Frith of Oxbow, nephews Michael and Kevin Frith and numerous cousins.
A celebration of Jim’s life will take place when conditions permit. Remembrances and stories are appreciated by the family.
As a St Patrick’s Day baby, Jim always thought of himself as having a bit of the Irish and as we think of him we think of this blessing and prayer:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101