Gerald Herbert Rankin
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