GERRY BEATTEAY

Gerry McGarry & Gerry Beatteay 2007

 

BEATTEAY, Gerald Daniel “Gerry” of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012, at his late residence, in his 70th year. Dearly loved husband of Carolyn (Matthews) Beatteay and loved father of Tammy Beatteay (Wade), Robert “Sean”Beatteay and the late Gerald Douglas Beatteay. Loved grandfather of Katie, James, Sara, Ethan, Samantha and Alexandra. Sadly missed by a number of brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. Gerry was born in St. John, New Brunswick on March 1st, 1943, the son of the late George and Hazel Beatteay. He was a retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. A private family service will be held Thursday morning at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas. Cremation. Remembrances may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.11116495

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So sorry to hear we have lost Gerry. We were in Borden together. He was an amazing athlete and terrific guy. Larry Weber

             

It was great serving with you. RIP. Joe Beauchene

 

It is with great sadness that I learned of Gerry's passing. He was a humble man and never talked of his accomplishments as a gymnast...even though he had the credentials to back it up. I knew of Gerry long before I met him; he was and is a legend within our trade. I too had the joy of working with him on two bases and on courses together and was released together in Base Borden. My friend take care..you will be remembered.  Vance Ivany

               

I am shocked about the news about Gerry and not only did shine as a PERI, he shone as a great friend. He was the first PERI that I met after my course in Sydney and I had the pleasure of serving with him in Petawawa and Borden. He and Carol were also great on the dance floor. R.I.P Gerry. Bill McLellan

 

Other than the obvious that everyone else has talked about, I remember Gerry for his Huge collection of      Elvis records and his cowboy boots. Another Saint Johner, resting with Bill Best and Spider. You will be remembered my friend.

 

We will all miss Gerry....his quick wit and great gymnastic skills....I remember him in "Tramp-Champs", with Rick Kinsman, Les White, Paul Arsenault and Bobby Flack....alternately bounding/bouncing from one trampoline to another and POOF....Gerry was gone....when we shone the spotlight UP...he was in the gym rafters hanging onto a roof-strut....and when he came down (finally as the others had dismounted for the finale...)he landed on a trampoline and flew through the air to land....right in his assigned spot of the performers....with his big grin...when the announcer (Ed Domshy) put the mike up to him and asked him what he had been doing UP in the rafters...Gerry said that he "had been changing some light-bulbs!! The reaction from the kids in the audience was GREAT....he once ran across the full length of the Bishop gym floor and threw a layout somersault, landing right in front of a class of nurse-candidates from the Medical School formed up for a PT class and, on landing, asked the startled girls who wanted to join him on the trampoline...? This was GERRY BEATTEY....!  Scotty Fuller

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Many of you will say "who the hell is Mike Comeau" but I remember with a big heart, when Gerry ran the full diagonal length of our gymnasium in full winter attire c/w gum boots and did a full round-off with about 10 flicks to cross the floor and landed like a feather! That was the day that I knew....I would never be a gymnast! God bless him I loved him. He was a humble man! Mike Comeau

 

How sad to hear of the passing of Gerry Beatty. My sincere condolences to all of the family. Irene Brough