Stephenson, Gerald L.

Stephenson, Gerald L.

April 7th, 2016

Peacefully at University Hospital on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 in his 87th year. Beloved husband of Jean (Ponsford) and father of Sheri Piercey and Gary Stephenson (Brenda). Loving grandfather of Amber (Adel), Brittany and Eric Piercey, and Blake and Kayla Stephenson. Predeceased by parents, George W. and Gertrude Stephenson, and siblings Jack, Bill and Connie Sansone. Gerry was a life member of Kilwinning Lodge No. 64, Scottish Rite, and Mocha Shrine Centre. He was Past President of the Oriental Band, Past President of the London Shrine Club, Editor Emeritus of Mocha News, Secretary of the Mocha Shrine Concert Band, a member of Mocha Hillbillys, the Camel Coach Unit and an active member of the Royal Order of Jesters. For a period of 22 consecutive years, he enjoyed the part as Shrine Santa Claus at Children’s Hospital on Christmas mornings. He also was a founding member of the Piccadilly Banjo Band and enjoyed many sessions with his banjo playing friends over the past 30 years. Gerry was a pioneer member of General Motors Diesel Division and commenced his employment on August 1st, 1950, just prior to the official plant opening, August 12th, 1950. He was an active golf member of Highland Country Club and loved his many moments on the course and in the lounge. Gerry was also a long time season ticket holder of the London Knights. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service under the auspices of Kilwinning Lodge No. 64 at 5:30 p.m. at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. A special thank you to all of the staff at University Hospital, 6th floor, for their care and compassion. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gerald are asked to consider the Shriners Hospital for Children or the Scottish Rite Learning Centre. 

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Raymond JohnsonTo the family of Gerry Stephenson; Although, regretfully I am unable to attend today's service, my deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to you. The last time I enjoyed Gerry's company was at Nancy Armbrust-Carson's 90th birthday party, in Orillia. Over the past half century or more our family has shared a variety of family experiences with all the Stephenson clan for which I am forever grateful. Gerry was an original who will be missed by all. May God bless in this our time of sorrow and celebration of a life well lived. Respectfully, RAYMOND JOHNSON
Mike RossJust wanted to say to family and friends that Gerry was our bus driver when I went to CCH in the mid-90s and he was always great to us. He genuinely cared about all of the students and even broke the rules and dropped us off at front door when the weather was bad. Most importantly, he was full of great stories (especially football stories) and he loved sharing them with us. I'll always have fond memories of him. Rest in Peace, Gerry.
Robert ElliottGary, Brenda and family, My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to you during this impossible time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Matt and Wendy DrakeOur belated condolences as we had been away. As hollow as words sound or appear in print during this time, please know they are heartfelt. We are thinking of you Gary, Brenda, and family. May you find peace. Matt and Wendy
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