Gerardus (Gerry) KUHNE

Obituary
  • "Rest in Peace dear Dad. You were remarkable in your..."
    - Margaret Shields

KUHNE, Gerardus (Gerry) - July 26, 1922 - March 9, 2014 Gerardus (Gerry) Kuhne passed on peacefully at age 91 on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Extendicare in Guildwood Village, Scarborough, Ontario. Gerry was the second oldest of eight children born to parents operating a retail bookstore and textbook distribution company in Alkmaar, The Netherlands. A teen at the time of German occupation of Holland during WWII, he was expected to provide labour in German factories but he resisted. He went into hiding and was sheltered by friends, relatives and strangers, narrowly escaping gunfire and capture in Amsterdam. He married Adriana (Jane) immediately after the war and they became parents to five children born in Alkmaar. In their mid-30s, Gerry and Jane immigrated to Canada with children ranging in age from 7 months to 9 years. They struggled to raise their young family with limited financial resources, in the absence of extended family and with the additional challenge of learning a new language. In time, they succeeded and lived comfortably in later years enjoying physical fitness, cycling, swimming and travelling into their 70s. Gerry worked as a window display artist and sign painter for Zellers for more than 25 years, travelling to store locations throughout Ontario. He and Jane enjoyed the friendship of fellow members of the St. Rose of Lima Parish Choir for many years. They developed a network of close friends and enjoyed entertaining. Their marriage remained strong for over 65 years until Jane's passing in November 2011. Memories of Gerry will live on in his children - Mary Simmonds and her husband Ron, Margaret Shields and her husband Bob, Gerald Kuhne and his wife Andree, John Kuhne and his wife Kathryn Fraser and Al Kuhne and his wife Andrea Chamberlain as well as twenty grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren living across Canada. We have been blessed to have him in our lives. He will be especially remembered for his kind and gentle manner, friendliness with everyone, his love of conversation and genuine interest in the life stories of others. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Family Support Group of Extendicare Guildwood. Visitation will be held at the "Scarborough Chapel" of McDougall & Brown, 2900 Kingston Road (east of St. Clair Avenue East), on Friday, March 14, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am. Funeral Mass will follow at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 21 Markanna Drive (on Markham Road, north of Kingston Road) at 12:00 p.m. (noon). Burial at Resthaven Memorial Gardens. Reception at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.mcdbrownscarb.ca

Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014
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