Gerry Van Der Meer

Gerry Van Der Meer

Gerry Van Der Meer passed away peacefully in Bruns Hospice House, Walnut Creek, California on Friday, January 25, 2008 at the age of 72 years.

A celebration of life service for his family was held at the Mountainside Room at Bowers on Wednesday, February 6th at 1 p.m. with Jack Bowers presiding.

Born in Leeuwarden, Holland on July 29, 1935, Gerry, with his parents and siblings, arrived in Salmon Arm in 1956. He was a former employee of Super Valu, working for Win and Inez McCall, prior to moving to the larger cities and a few years later to California. He gained national recognition for his salesmanship ability with shoes; working for Neiman Marcus, he was awarded the prestigious Million Dollar of The Year award. He is well remembered and respected for his gentle and kind manner; always had an open home for friends in need.

He was predeceased by his father, George in 1982 and his mother, Grace, in 2002. Gerry leaves his partner, Manny Duero; sister, Faye Smith; brothers, Bob (Elsie), Wilbur (Sonja) and Sandy (Barb); nieces and nephews, Craig (Brigitte), Curtis (Cherie), Chris, Jim (Mave), Shane, Susan (Mike), Beverley (Dave), Sandra (Randy), Linda (Mark), Mike (Ruth), Steven (Celes); and special friends, Larry Crummer and Bill Omen.

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Arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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