Obituary of Gerald Ernest O'Bonsawin
August 9, 1943 – May 11, 2022
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Gerald O’Bonsawin, 78, at Markhaven Home for Seniors in Markham, Ontario, on May 11, 2022.
Gerry was born in Larchwood, Ontario, on August 9, 1943, to Paul O’Bumsawin and Aurore O’Bumsawin (nee Brosseau). Devoted husband of Lorraine O’Bonsawin (nee Bishop). Loving father to Sean (Marie), Lisa, and Christine (Allin). “The best pépère” to Jazlyn, Paige, Skyler, Genevieve, Cole, Brooklyn and Chelsea. Beloved brother to Yvonne (Len-predeceased), Diane (Marcel), Norman (Pierrette), Colette (Gordon), Jacques (Lisa), and Lynne (Ken). Gerry touched the lives of many and will be sadly missed by his loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
Gerry spent most of his working life with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, paving the way for fellow visually impaired people to prosper in the emergent field of computer programming. He was a fierce advocate for those living with visual impairment, volunteering on multiple organizational bodies with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Following his retirement, he became a proud and trusted volunteer with Hope Air, working tirelessly to help Canadians access much-needed healthcare. Gerry was a kind-spirited, gentle, and loving man. He faced adversity with courage, strength, and perseverance, not allowing misfortune to define him or what he could and would accomplish. Above all, Gerry was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He loved his family and friends with his entire being. His passing leaves a gaping hole in our hearts, but we know that he is forever with us, through the lessons he has taught us and in the stories we will share. As the Toronto Star coined him, Gerry will forever be remembered as a “Man of Vision.”
The family would like to acknowledge the tremendous support, care, and friendship provided by the staff at Markhaven Home for Seniors and Chartwell Rouge Valley Retirement. On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, family and friends are invited to attend Gerry’s celebration of life at 1:30 at Dixon-Garland Funeral Home at 166 Main Street North, Markham. There will be a reception to follow (location to be announced). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his honour to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind or Hope Air.
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