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Gerardus Bernadus (Gerry) Bouma

BOUMA, Gerardus Bernadus (Gerry) - August 17, 1940 - November 20, 2017 Gerry passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on November 20, 2017 at the age of 77 years. Gerry was born in Glanerbrug in the Netherlands August 17, 1940. At 19 he completed his service in the Dutch army, during which time he became the youngest officer, of which he was always proud. He then attended the University of Groningen, where he studied geology. In December 1965, he married Yvonne Charlotte Douque, and in January of 1966, they immigrated to Canada to live and work, eventually moving to the Grand Valley west of Cochrane, where he realized his dream to own a farm. Gerry loved his work as a well-site geologist, which took him to many remote locations throughout Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, as well as north Africa. He was a very intelligent man, with an incredible memory, and loved to read and continually learn. He loved to travel, and especially enjoyed his road trips. He also loved nature and animals, science, maps, cooking, sausage making, and telling stories. Gerry is survived by his partner Saskia Maria; his children, Mathijs, Helene (Darron), Gerry; his grandchildren, Bram, Ari, Elian, and Adriana, as well as Saskia's children and grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Hermien and Reitje. Gerry was predeceased by his wife Yvonne in 2006. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 1:00pm. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 6K2 Telephone: 780-488-6819 Ext 2257, 1-888-566-LUNG https://www.ab.lung.ca/donate or to The Cochrane Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Point, Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3 Telephone: (403) 932-2072, http://www.cochranehumane.ca/ In living memory of Gerry Bouma, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.13231103
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