Gerald NEW

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NEW, Gerald Ashfield
December 16, 1920 - June 29, 2013
Gerry, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, died peacefully in Burnaby BC, in his 93rd year, surrounded by family. Gerry was born in Carleton Place, Ontario to Beatrice and Eric New, the first of four children. He grew up in a musical family, which lead to a life-time bringing his rich baritone to United Church choirs. A railroad man, Gerry worked for CP Rail from 1939 to 1984. He started his career as a machinist in Carleton Place and, with technical training, designed rail cars including the iconic Canadian in the 1950's and air brake systems in Montreal. He worked on the development of coal trains to transport southeast BC coal to port in the 1960's which lead to his move with family to BC. Gerry served in the Navy during WWII on HMCS St. Laurent in the North Atlantic. His service was cut short when he contracted TB. Upon return to civilian life he met his life-long love and wife, Mary Camelon. They married on June 28, 1947 and were together for 61 years in Montreal and Burnaby; raising three children and cherishing their time with their grandchildren. Gerry was always willing to help his children, whether it was lacing up skates, heading off on camping trips or, later on, helping with home renovations. He was very active in his church community, where he applied his skills to church improvements and events. He and Mary had a terrific circle of relatives and friends; enjoying visiting, dinners, playing bridge, golfing, watching sports, and traveling. Gerry was a determined, calm, and generous gentleman, who was always willing to "get to work" with a warm smile. Saddened by his loss are his children, Jan (David Lowe) and Steve (Jean Wallace), grandchildren Libby (Andrew Porter) and Jocelyne, sister Dolores Gilmore, brother-in-law Bob O'Neil, sisters-in law Elsie Lowe and Doris Camelon, and many cherished nieces and nephews, as well as his caregivers Lucy, Joyce and Julita. He was predeceased by his wife Mary, son David, sisters Frances O'Neil and Shirley (Norm) Hunter, and in- laws Martin Gilmore, Art (Retta) Camelon, Art Lowe, Donald Camelon, Jim (Leona) Camelon, Kathleen (Oswald) McPhail, Margaret (Gordon) Drummond, Murray Camelon, Russell Camelon and Ruth (Borden) McGill. A celebration of Gerry's life will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 10:00 am in Cliff Avenue United Church, 1600 Cliff Avenue, Burnaby. An online memorial and condolence site may be found at www.bellburnaby.com. A Fall internment and memorial will take place in Carleton Place. In memory of Gerry, and in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to First United Church - a city-centre church serving the poor - at 330 Hastings St. E, Van BC, V6A 1P4; www.firstunited.ca.


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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from July 3 to July 6, 2013
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