Gerald Herbert Rankin

Gerald Herbert Rankin of Tillsonburg, Ontario passed away peacefully with his wife Midge by his side at home on Saturday January 1, 2022, at the age of 83 years.

Cherished husband of Midge for 52 years. Dear step father of Trevor (Lisa) Hawley. Loved Grandpa of Trevor Hawley Jr., and Brooke Hawley. Jerry will be missed by his siblings Larry (Emma) Rankin, Shirley Audette, and Beverley Beechie. Remembered by Cheryl (Jim) Summers, Bud (Chris) Warren, Grace Warren, Carol Warren, and Carol Chilton.
Predeceased by his sister Judy Tetrault, his brothers William ‘Susie’, Jack (Alice), Don (Lorraine), Bob (Barb), and Arthur (Helen), his sisters in law and brothers in law Nancy (Ron) MacRae, June (Don) Rooke, Pat Warren, Jim Warren, Bill (Adrienne) Warren, Bob Warren, Pete Chilton, and Rick Chilton.

Jerry joined the Essex Legion Branch 201 in 1994, and in 2008 became a life member. He enjoyed the many years that he volunteered at the Branch, and always looked forward to golfing with his Legion friends. Community minded, Jerry ran the Bingo games at the Woodslee Nursing Home, coached the girls slo-pitch team for years, umpired slo-pitch games, and was a referee for the old timers hockey teams. Through the years Jerry remained a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life is planned for the Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Essex Legion Branch 201 are appreciated and may be made directly or (by cheque) through Wareing Cremation Services, 346 Simcoe St., Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 2J8 who have been entrusted with final arrangements. Your messages of remembrance and condolence may be shared at wareingcremation.ca

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  • So saddened to hear of Uncle Jerry’s passing. He is a cherished uncle of mine and I have many happy memories that I will savor when missing hiim. Condolences to my sweet Aunt Midge and son Trevor. Love you always and forever.

    Laura Cameron
  • My condolences to you Midge and the family. Loved having you and Jerry at the Tillsonburg Legion ,i enjoyed being you’re bartender, and friend.

    Peggy Anderson
  • Midge, Trevor, Lisa, T.J. and Brook. Sending my love, sympathy and prayers. I will miss Gerry ’s sense of humor and his wisdom. Loved being neighbors, always felt welcome. Many good times on the back deck by the pool. He will be missed may he R.I.P. Peggy Buhler

    Peggy Buhler
  • My deepest sympathy Midge and family. I have many memories of Jerry and always enjoyed our conversations. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Craig Chartier
  • Midge we are so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing.our hearts and prayers are with you and you family

    Frank and Lyn Garon
  • Our Condolences Midge

    Liz/Bob Brown
  • Sincere Condolences to the family,

    Geraldine and Tex Ridder
  • So sorry for your loss we will all miss him RIP

    Paul Chartier
  • Very sorry for your loss Midge, Trevor and family My thoughts and condolences are with you

    Nancy Brazier

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