Gerald John Potter (January 11, 1935 – December 30, 2021)

Gerald Potter, resident of Clairmont, AB, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at the age of 86 years.

Gerald was born on January 11, 1935, in Hines Creek, AB. Over his 86 years, Gerald and Bertha (his wife of 64 years) called Faust, Kinuso, Red Deer, Topley, Chetwynd, Watson Lake, Grande Prairie, Rycroft, Spirit River, and most recently, Clairmont, home.

Gerald lived a life full of music, a family talent, and was playing in a band at the Lakeview Lodge. As a young man, he had dreams of being a jet fighter pilot which led him to own and fly his own plane in later years. A jack-of-all-trades, he was often referred to as Gyro Gearloose by his children and seen in coveralls, tinkering with carpentry, plumbing, or anything mechanical. His restored International Harvester truck appeared in the Spirit River Canada Day parade and his woodcraft adorned the homes of relatives and his granddaughter’s classroom. He was also an avid curler and a regular bonspieler in the many communities in which he lived. Many will remember his legendary sweet tooth and his love of being a gentle giant who played with small children.

Gerald’s warmth, humour, and love of life are greatly missed by his many family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Bertha; children: Tara Potter-Ladouceur (Pete), Wendy Tucker (Ross), Darcy Potter, and Brent Potter; grandchildren: Steven (Christine), Elliot, Desiree (Daryl), Kimberly, Sharon (Shane), Christine, Franklin (Marlies), Colin, Norman, and Jessica; as well as great-grandchildren: Katrina, Autumn, Matt, Tucker, and Jackson.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Nellie Potter; brother Ronald Potter; sister Darlene Adair; as well as grandson Matthew Potter Goodine.

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