With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved Jerry. With his loving wife, Casey, by his side, Jerry left this earth, to a new life with his Lord, Saturday, Dec. 26.
Jerry was born on Sept. 15, 1933, on his grandparents' farm a few miles north of Veregin, Sask., to Anne and Walter Jumaga. At age two, they moved to Veregin where his parents bought a general store. He still spent many hours with his baba and dido on the farm, learning to appreciate farming and the simple life. It was there that his life-long interest in beekeeping was sparked (as his dido was a beekeeper). Jerry attended Veregin public school from grades 1 to 8, and high school at St. Joseph's College in Yorkton where his love of Ukrainian music flourished. Singing and playing in an orchestra led to playing in many bands throughout his life. He spent his summers in Veregin helping the family business and farming with his dad. After Grade 12 Jerry went on to the University of Saskatoon to take pre-law. After a year he found it wasn't as interesting as he thought, so he went on to find work at the Robin Hood Company for several years in Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and eventually in Calgary where he settled for the rest of his life. After leaving the Robin Hood Company he went into the insurance business, owning his own company. In his mid-40s, Jerry decided to pursue his first interest in life of being a lawyer. He completed his degree at the University of Calgary and opened his own law business. It was at this time he met the love of his life, Kathleen (Casey) Luna. After several years in his legal career he found he wasn't cut out for the "cutthroat" antics of the profession. So going into another of his dreams, decided to become an entrepreneur with Boston Pizza. He started in a small restaurant with daughter Jolayn. After several years they grew out of the building they were in, so he and his wife, Casey, acquired the BP on 16th Avenue across from McMahon Stadium and spent over 30 years there until their retirement in 2016. Jerry never tired of trying something new.
In his spare time he chose to follow another of his passions: beekeeping. He and his friend, Ed Samoil, acquired several hives that they kept outside of Calgary. He learned all about the fascinating life of a bee, and was always eager to tell the story to whoever was interested. They took off many gallons of honey that he shared with family and friends. Even in his retirement he looked after a couple of hives in his backyard for a local beekeeper.
Jerry's faith was strong in Ukrainian Catholic church and he became one of the founders of the new parish of St. Stephen's Photo Martyr Ukrainian Church in S.W. Calgary. Jerry loved the outdoors and spent many days with his family at a cabin near Waiparous. He also loved travelling with Casey to many parts of the world. There was always another adventure around the corner. He loved the mountains but always felt a tug to the prairies.
Jerry was predeceased by his parents Walter in 2000 and Anne in 2003. Survived by his wife, Casey, and five children: Mark (Melanie) of California, Janice (Mark) of Crossfield, Alta., Jolayn (Ben) of Bearspaw, Alta., Grant (Agata) of Victoria, B.C., and Jacquie of Paris, France; eight grandchildren; two brothers: Donald (Sylvia) of Invermere, B.C., and David of White Rock, B.C.; and sister Mary-Jane (Stan) of Calgary. He is also lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews as someone they could go to for advice and even a job. For his children, Jerry was a strong advocate to do what you desire, go where you want and do your best. He was a kind and generous person. Known by family, friends and employees as a "rock" who was willing to listen and help out whenever he could. He is sadly missed. Until we meet again Jerry. Eternal memory!
Published in Kamsack Times from Jan. 14 to Feb. 13, 2021.