Gerald F. "Jerry" JOHNSTON
1938 - 2021
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JOHNSTON, Gerald F. 'Jerry' Sunrise: January 11, 1938 Sunset: April 12, 2021 With sadness we advise of the passing of Gerald Fredrick Johnston on April 12, 2021 at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Gerald was fondly known as 'Jerry' and late in life 'Siyam Kiapilanoq-Capilano'. Jerry was born to his late parents George Johnston and Edith Flores in Vancouver. He was raised on the rivers; fishing in Capilano and Brackendale were his fondest memories. He attended Sechelt Indian Residential School. Jerry was a gentle man despite his hardships. He was influenced by Elvis Presley and did his hair just like him in his younger years. He travelled, had a passion for life, and loved the earth. Jerry always had a big beautiful car that he kept pristine and he spent lots of his life with his family. Jerry is survived by, and will be dearly missed by his sister Jo-Anne; children, John (Vicki), Jacqueline, Jeffery; grand children, Jean-Paul (Lorena), Valerie (Mitchell), Kurt, Jamie, Juanita, Mariah, Shania; great-grand children, Catalina, Jean-Paul, Preston, Aria; spouse, Irene; and many loving family and friends. Due to Covid-19 a private family Celebration of Life was held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Squamish Nation Shaker Church. A replay Podcast viewing is available at

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Published in North Shore News from May 5 to Jun. 4, 2021.
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May 5, 2021
For many years Jerry use to clean my windows on my house and we would have many conversations about native rights. He was one of the first nations person that influenced my view on native rights. I lived in Southlands and Kitsilano and he always reminded me that I was living on Native Territory. He told me he was a hereditary chief. He gave me a cowboy hat as I had a ranch in the Merritt area. I will always remember him and as I moved around a lot I lost touch. Thanks Jerry
Diane Hanson
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