Gerald Henry Kingston
We are extremely sad to announce the death of Gerald Henry Kingston, born May 1st, 1955 in Whitehourse, Yukon, who was taken from us by a short and fierce battle with cancer on January 30th, 2017 in Chilliwack, BC. Gerry was predeceased by his mother, Rosalie Cecilia Noel Kingston (nee Campbell, 1929 – 2012) and brother, Douglas Kingston (1950 – 1986). He will be missed by many and he is survived by his father, Louis Daniel Kingston; brother, Drew Kingston (Jan); his loving wife of 38 years, Trudy Kingston (nee Cunningham); his two children, Jeremy Kingston (Janine) and Jocelyn Thomas (Daryl); and four grandchildren, Emma, Anika, Nolan and Clark; niece, Tamara O’Brien (Devin) with great nephew, Dawson O’Brien, and nephew, Jared Kingston; there are also several aunts and uncles on both his mother and father’s side, and numerous cousins who have survived Gerry. Gerry lived in several Canadian communities growing up as his father was in the Canadian Armed Forces. He attended school in Chilliwack at St. Mary’s Catholic School, AD Rundle Middle School, and graduated from Chilliwack Senior Secondary as Valedictorian of his class in 1973. Gerry worked for the Ministry of Highways as a summer student through high school and college; as a guard at Oakalla Prison in Burnaby for a year before he went exploring for oil in Canada’s Arctic. He attended UBC, then moved to Nanaimo where he studied at Malaspina College from 1976 to 1978, graduating from the Municipal Government Administrative Program, with the highest Grade Point Average. Gerry married his college sweetheart, Trudy, December 9th, 1978. His first position after graduating college was at the Comox-Strathcona Regional District in Courtenay, BC where he worked up to the position of Treasurer. After 14 years on Vancouver Island, Gerry accepted the position of Secretary Treasurer in Abbotsford, BC in 1992, at the Central Fraser Valley Regional District. His career then led him back to work in Chilliwack where he retired as the Chief Administrative Officer of Fraser Valley Regional District in early 2012. Gerry was President of the Local Government Municipal Association (LGMA) from 2001 to 2002, receiving a Life Member Award in 2004. He was a great mentor to co-workers during his career, and will be remembered as a kind and hard working man. Retirement led Gerry into an expanded world of the great outdoors. He joined the Explorer’s ATV Club of the lower mainland where he enjoyed many friendships, camping, and quad riding, and became President of the Club in 2014. Gerry also enjoyed many trips to Palm Desert and Arizona with his wife, their close friends and family. Gerry enjoyed hunting, golfing and fishing. The youngest generation called him Papa Ho, with affection, as he played Santa every year, and would even put on the suit for parties, or for his granddaughter’s school pancake breakfast at Cheam Elementary in Chilliwack. All who knew him, appreciated his great sense of humour and he will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society online under the memorial page for Gerald Kingston. Gerry did not want a somber funeral, but a celebration of life when the weather is nice and flowers begin to bloom. Details to be announced at a later time.