Graat, Gerardus 'Gerrie'

January 27th, 2018

Peacefully at Victoria Hospital, Gerrie Graat, of London, in his 76th year. Beloved husband of Oda for 47 years. Cherished father of Gerrie Graat and Shelley, of Port Colborne, and Michael Graat and Carrie Ann, of London. Proud Opa of Colin, Emma, Hannah, Rebekah, Graydon and Hunter. Missed by his siblings Joanne, Beppie, Aleida, Nell and Bill, and by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his brother, John and sister, Mia. Visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Tuesday from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with prayers at 8:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. GEORGE PARISH, 1164 Commissioners Road West, London, on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gerrie are asked to consider L’Arche London or the Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario.

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Toinette and Tony ParisioDear Oda and family. Tony and I are so sorry for your loss of Gerrie. We as friends of family and of the L'Arche Community have been so blessed to know Gerrie. For me, I have known Gerrie for 20 years, he exemplified Servant Leadership. A man who serves generously and does not want to be seen or named. I know that the last 2 years have been very difficult for Gerrie, a tough journey. My heart is filled with gratitude for him, for his life . I will miss our conversations, our visits, our prayers. Gerrie repaired, fixed, created for us in L'Arche. He fixed the fence at Cana in 98, and built the shed, the shelves...He cut our first crosses to create our mosaics as a art activity, he cut and painted our big wooden logo for the 3 d banquet, that same big logo which has accompanied us at all the public event for L'Arche London since, he helped ushering when Jean Vanier was in London. Gerrie has been such a friend to all of us in community. Oda and Gerrie together you have been a testimony to what married love is. Together you have inspired us at the parish, in the community. Gerrie was so proud to be opa, to speak of his grandchildren. For your deep loss, we are so sorry. Please accept our prayers of sympathy, our condolences. Peace
Marg HallamDear Oda. So sorry to hear about Gerrie. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Kris UsherSo sorry for your loss. Sincerely Kris, Susan, Ryan and Rachel Usher.
Jan and Ineke MutsaersOur condolences with the loss of your Husband and brother to the Graat family our prayers are with you.Thinking about you.Sorry we cant come to the funeral.
Jack and Irena SnydersDear Oda and family: Jack and I send our condolences on the loss of Gerrie. We feel privileged that we had the opportunity to visit with you both over the past year. What a blessing you were for him on his life journey. May you receive strength for your journey. God bless you. Jack and Irena Snyders
Marvin & Linda QuennevilleDearest Oda & Family We are deeply sorry to hear of Gerri's passing. Gerri was very chartible & compassionate to everyone. Oda you commitment over the last several years is a testament of true love. Love & Hugs to you Linda & Marv Quenneville
Leo and Linda GiesenDear Aunt Oda, Gerrie and Micheal We send our condolences on the passing of Uncle Gerrie. May your cherished memories bring you strength at this time. Leo and Linda Giesen
Ted and Johanna Smets.Oda and family our condolences with Gerry s passing. our prayera are with you.
Kelly WilsomDear Oda & Family, I will always remember Gerrie's kind ways and gifted talents as he worked on many projects at a parish I used to work at. May the arms of the angels now bring im home.HERAS
Albino And VictoriaRest in peace my friend You were my mentor to join the Knights of Colombus We did some High way cleaning together.We serve breakfast togeher and we did some more work together.Now it is time to rest.But memories do not.Keep an eye on all of us from up there We will miss your leadership Until we meet again Oda and your family you are in our thoughts and our prayers Albino and Victoria
Bonnie PemberDear Mrs. Graat and family, Please be assured of our love, sympathy and prayers for each of you during this time of sorrow. John Bulsza contacted us about Gerrie's going to God. May he rest in peace and may you be filled with the healing Presence of Jesus. In Jesus' peace and with our prayers, Mike Hale, Bonnie Pember and all of Gerrie's pro-life friends at London Area Right to Life Association
Isabelle EllulDear Mrs.Graat and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't believe Mr.Graat needs to be worried about. It is obvious that he was loved and is now in God's loving arms. We know he is in an amazing place watching over all of you. My prayers are for you, the ones left behind. Relish the memories. Know that he was a better person because of all of you and you because of him. Remember how blessed your lives are because of your love. Enjoy the memories and know that his love is never far from your hearts. You are in my prayers, Isabelle Ellul
Irene SmallDear Oda, My heartfelt sympathy and condolences on your loss of Gerrie. He was such a wonderful man. May y0u and your family find comfort in the many special memories you have. I still have the photo of the four of us at your wedding. Thinking of you and sending love and and hugs. Irene Small
Jo Anne De WildeMrs Graat, being a widow is very difficult. Know that the "Gift of Faith", family and friends can be a great comfort. Don't shy away from sharing your pain, tears and memories. Others my wish to share theirs as well. God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Mother Mary will hold you through this very sad time.
Bill GoldIt was a pleasure to get to know Gerrie. He will be fondly remembered by all the staff and participants of the Parkinson's exercise class at Parkwood. My condolences.
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