Gerald Allan McKinnon October 23, 1951 - June 30, 2021 Gerry passed away after a short battle with cancer at home on Wednesday, June 30, surrounded by his family. Gerry was born in Calgary, the oldest (by 4 minutes with his twin Ed) of 5 siblings born to Mabel and Marvin McKinnon. When Gerry was 17, he went to fish with the Haida people in Prince Rupert who told him many a story of how the world came to be. Gerry, who had a remarkably good memory, was able to recite "How Raven Stole the Light" and other stories to all his grandchildren who remember this to this day! Gerry joined the army when he was 20 years old and was stationed in Cold Lake, AB for 5 years. He became a radio technician and obtained a degree in electrical engineering technology. He left the military and then spent time in Africa where he set up infrastructure for radio communication and technical schools, wrote curriculums, and taught courses in radio transmission technology. Gerry returned to Prince George in 1981, where he worked as an alarm installer for PG Lock & Key. In 1986 he met the love of his life, Maria Brouwer, who gave him an "instant" family of four "older" children. On May 10, 1991, a car accident changed his life forever. After a recovery period of 2 years in multiple hospitals, Gerry became a stay-at-home dad for Iris and his two boys: Wolfey (1987) and Sean (1988). Gerry then devoted all his free time to researching and writing about McKinnon genealogy and the history of the Gaelic population in the Highlands and Hebrides of Scotland. Gerry set up the North American McKinnon Clan Society, which to this day is a vibrant society commemorating Gaelic cultural knowledge. Up to his death he remained the chief historian. He was a thorough researcher and a prolific writer. His published works include: The Shank Bone Papers , The End of an Old Song , The Small Regiment , A short History of the Lordship and Baronage of Nova Scotia , The Clan McKinnon , its Genealogy , Lands and Arms , Biographies of the Officers of the McKinnon Clan , and How Heraldry came to the West Highlands of Scotland . Gerry became a Licentiate of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada (LRHSC), and helped many people obtain their family crests. Gerald was a kind and modest man of faith, and most of all proud of his family which also includes his furry friends Sam, Tucker, and Duchess. He is survived by his loving wife Maria Brouwer, his son Sean R. McKinnon (Danielle) and stepchildren: Marc (Corry), Lilian (Geza), Daphne, and Iris (Kevin). His grandchildren: Elizabeth, Tyler, Loryn, Emily, Emma, Mason, Leon, Marijke, Maia, and Jeffrey. His great grandchildren: Mariah and Amelia. His siblings: Ed (June), Darwin (Loretta). His sister-in-law Marion (Harry). Cousins Jim (Bee), Robert (Penny), and Wally. His nieces and nephews: Bella, Koosje, Kim, Leanne, Naiomi, Kathleen, Kristina, Nicole, David, James, Robert. His special friends: Neal Cook, Des, Ami, and Jay. Predeceased by his parents, son Wolfey, sister Maureen, and brother Grant. Gerry lived in thankfulness for the medical community who helped save his life in 1991. He specially honoured Dr. Appleby, Dr. Neary and Dr. Preston who were by his side for the past 30 years, giving him the best of care as he struggled with declining health due to the accident. Gerry loved deeply and was loved deeply. He will live in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday July 10, 2021 at Trinity United church. In lieu of flowers donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be greatly appreciated.
Published in The Prince George Citizen from Jul. 6 to Aug. 14, 2021.