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Gerald Edward Patriquin C.D

Gerald Edward  Patriquin C.D

Gerald Edward Patriquin C.D. May 16, 1921 - February 6, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gerald (“Pat” to some), at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building, Halifax. Gerald was born in Lower Greenville, Nova Scotia, grew up in the surrounding areas, and eventually enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army (RC Signals) in 1942 at the age of 21. Along with some 14,000 other Canadian soldiers, he landed on Juno Beach on June 6, 1944. For his participation on D-Day and the liberation of France, Gerald was recently awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1971 and retired from the civilian workforce in the 1980s. In 1968, Gerald and Doris moved to Debert where for the next 30 years they were active members of the community, including his active involvement with the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion. In 2000, when Doris passed away, Gerald moved to Parkland Estates in Truro, and in the last two years made his home at Camp Hill Veterans Memorial. Gerald is predeceased by infant daughter Sharon (1950) and his wife of 53 years, Doris Emma (McInnes) of Fox Harbour, NS (2000). Gerald is also predeceased by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Gerald is survived by sister Elizabeth (Stuart) Semple, his son John (Joyce), daughters Pegi (Colin) Wilson, and Janice (Malcolm d. 2005) Eaton , and granddaughters Krista and Tara Patriquin, Jordan Eaton, and step grandson Michael Wilson (Kelly, children Haley and Joshua). He is also survived by 4 nephews and 2 nieces. The family wishes to express their most sincere thanks to all the staff and volunteers on 4th Floor East of the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building for their care and compassion not only to Gerald but also to the family. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6-8pm (preceded by a Legion tribute at 5:45pm.) Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2pm (to include a Masonic tribute at 1:45pm) all in Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St., Truro. Interment at a later date. Reception will follow the service in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the War Amps, or the Canadian Arthritis Society. Online messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting: www.ColchesterCommunity.com

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