The Lord took unto Himself His child Gerald on Thursday December 7, 2017, in his 79th year, after courageously battling cancer for 3 ½ years. He was born in Wielen, Germany and emigrated to Canada in 1969. Beloved husband for 53 years of Hetty (Noordegraaf). Dear father of Eric (Rhonda), Andrew (Kerri), Sonja (Brian) Bosch, Erna (Brian) Nordeman, Edwin (Debbie), Dave (Angelina), Pete (Lynne), Jeff (Melanie), Marja (Ian) Benjamins, Joanne (Dan) Lindeboom, and James (Danielle). Much loved Opa to 50 grandchildren. Gerald is survived by brothers Gerry (Janny) Jans, George (Ella) Jans; and many brothers-and-sisters-in-law in Canada and Holland. Predeceased by his brother Hendrik (1949). Special thank you to Dr. E. Blake, Dr. J. Smith from Dunnville Hospital, Dr. O. Levine from Juravinski, and the nurses at CCAC for your wonderful compassionate care. Friends will be received for visitation at Attercliffe Canadian Reformed Church, 85948 Canborough Road, Dunnville on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the church on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Melick Cemetery, Canborough Rd., Dunnville. Donations in memory of Gerald made to Anchor Association, 361 Thirty Road, Beamsville, ON, L0R 1B2, or Juravinski Hospital Cancer Centre Foundation would be graciously accepted.