21/01/1952 – 27/06/2016
Gerald, “Jerry” Carson was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia to Warren & Elizabeth Carson (nee Shea). Jerry spent much of his childhood moving throughout North America with his siblings Jack, Shelley & Bart as children of military families often do. Finally settling in Courtenay, B.C. Jerry left school early to pursue a career in logging and eventually spent 25 as a timber faller, much of this with MacMillan Bloedel, Eve River division. The consummate hard worker and family man, Jerry moved from Port Alice to settle in the Comox Valley to start his family with Holly Carson (nee Smith). Seven and eight years after twins Connor and Liam were born, along came Hayley (now married to Tom Dargie), then Colton. Jerry was a devoted family man, first as a husband, then as a father, finally as a grandfather to Mason, Tarin, and Tehya, and Irelyn and Owen. In 2006 Jerry received a kidney from his loving sister Shelley after being on dialysis for the preceding 5 years. He spent his later years
looking after his youngest granddaughter Tehya almost daily and loved to spoil her silly. Jerry was predeceased by his younger brother Jack and his parents Warren and Elizebeth. He is survived by, and will be deeply missed by his loving family and his large circle of friends from Vancouver Island.
Dad, some of my fondest memories as a child were watching with anticipation, daily, for your arrival home from work, so myself and Connor could perform our ritual of hiding, and awaiting you to come find us. You always found us quickly, no matter where we hid. When I close my eyes and remember these times, just as vividly as I can see your smiling face and hear your familiar voice I can smell the cedar and fir permeated sweat of a man who loved his job almost as much as the life it afforded his family. I received a heartfelt letter today from the staff at the kidney unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. In it, they described you fondly as a “rugged” man. I had to chuckle at this, as you certainly were “rugged” in your presentation. I would add to this, that under this veneer of ruggedness, you were a man with a heart of gold and a generosity of spirit that has enriched our lives. We love you and miss you dad.
We would like to thank Piercy’s Funeral home for their guidance and support during this time.
A celebration of life will be held at 2560 Back rd, Courtenay, August 27/2016 1:00 pm. Appetizers and refreshments will be served, anyone that knew Jerry is welcome to join.