November 15, 1936 – October 21, 2018
Jerry passed away peacefully at Swan Valley Lodge in Creston, B.C. on October 21.
Jerry was born and raised in Chilliwack, B.C. He graduated from Chilliwack High School and then from UBC with a degree in Agriculture. In the 1970’s he backpacked around much of the world, and his experiences while crossing India defined the future direction of his life. Jerry came back to Canada an environmentalist, setting a personal example of how one can leave a small foot-print on the planet. He lived a very simple life, gowing much of his own food, and choosing to have few “possessions”. He devoted some of his time to the “Save the Farmland” movement in Chilliwack, as well as to local and federal politics. His later years were spent in beautiful West Creston, which he adopted and loved.
He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Bertha Pirie. He is survived by his sister Jean Cyrull, nephews Scott (Gabrielle) Higson, Robert Higson, niece Anna (Scott) Webb, grand-nephews Kalen Snipper-Higson, Ian and Scott Lownie, and a large extended family of Cyrulls.
Family and friends would like to thank the many people who provided exceptional care of Jerry at Swan Valley Lodge, Crestview Village, and the Creston Valley Hospital over the past many years; the staff and volunteers at the Creston Valley Public Library as well as those who made possible the “Move to Improve” (Parkinson’s) mobility and cognitive program. A special thanks to his longtime friends, Gary Bowen and Brenda Bruns for their care and support.
Family will remember him for his devotion to his family and friends, his dedication as a community volunteer, his generosity in supporting charitable organizations that he believed in, and for the sincerity with which he lived his life.
No service by request, but donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association, Red Cross or charity of choice.