Gristwood, Gerald

It is with great sadness the family of Gerald Gristwood announces his passing on November 24, 2020 at the age of 92 years.
Gerald is survived by his daughter Debbie (Gordon) Hamilton; son Garry Gristwood; grandsons Gregory (Nicole) Hamilton, Graham (Stephanie) Hamilton; granddaughters Lisa Gristwood, Sherri Gristwood; and great-grandchildren Makenna Hamilton, Hudson Hamilton, Delilah Gristwood; and sister in-law Gwen Suttle.
Gerald was predeceased by his wife Vannie Gristwood in 2009.
Gerald was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan and was the youngest of 13 children. He spent his early childhood years in and around North Battleford. Later on, he worked at the coal branch, south of Edson, Alberta, and then worked for the CN Railway as a conductor for almost 36 years, retiring in 1984. He spent several years living and working out of Jasper, Alberta, prior to settling down in Edmonton in 1965.
Gerald enjoyed fishing, gardening, bird watching, and travelling around Alberta and British Columbia. He loved the Rocky Mountains.
Gerald enjoyed watching hockey, curling, baseball, and football on TV, as well as watching his grandsons play hockey and his granddaughters play soccer.
Gerald liked to participate in activities such as carpet bowling, floor shuffleboard, floor curling, bocce ball, as well as enjoyed the monthly pancake breakfast at the Northwest Edmonton Senior’s Society.
Over the years, Gerald had two faithful Irish Setter companions named Maxie and Brandy. In Gerald’s memory, donations may be made to the Edmonton Humane Society in honour of his love of pets.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Venta Care Centre for the care and support they provided Gerald over the last several years.
As per Gerald’s wishes, a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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