Fosberg, Gerald ‘Jerry,’ (Jan. 23, 2018)

MAJOR FOSBERG, Gerald (Jerry) 1929-2018 A peaceful passing at home on January 23rd. Will be greatly missed by loving wife, Elizabeth, daughter Cynthia, sons Donald and Russell, daugther-in-law Nidia and scotties, Kiera and Dexter. Predeceased by brothers Don and Ken. Jerry was born in Winnipeg to Nels Forsberg and Sadie Dewer. Grew up in Sprague and joined the navy at 15 (age was self-adjusted) where he spent a year on the U.S.M.C. Uganda. Returned home where he assisted his father in supplying the town with its electrical power (not a small task). Flying was in his blood though and his first flying experience was as crop-duster and mailman for the region. Joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1946 attaining a flight record of 10000+ hrs as a transport pilot on primarily Hercules and Dakota C47s. Served stints with family at both Trenton and Uplands (Ottawa) airbases. Also oversea in Bath, England and as Commanding Officer of 109 KU transport command in Lahr, Germany. In 1974 Dad made a difficult choice to leave the forces but never looked back, switching to corporate jets as chief pilot with Reed Paper, based in Montreal. Later, he was chief pilot for Hudson Bay Company of Toronto. Reluctantly retired in 1994 as the captain pilot for Great Lakes Forest Products in Thunder Bay. From there, Jerry and Elizabeth eventually moved to Bright’s Grove then to Sarnia in 2000 where he busied himself with his great passion for curling and golf. (At 66 yrs young he even made a hole-in-one at Indian Hills Golf Club!) In his life, Dad always personified true charismatic charm and was loved by almost everyone he met. Professionally he proudly personified all the qualities needed to be the best in his chosen field but most importantly it was his essential focus on family and friends followed by flying. Much thanks to the wonderful helpful folk at Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network, all the caring V.O.N. nurses and PCCT workers and to Dr. W.G.M. Prendiville. The family’s gratitude is beyond words. Father was received into the care of Resurrection Cemetery & Crematorium with a private family interment following. Up, up the long, deliriousburning blue I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or eveneagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. (Excerpt from High Flight by P/O J.G. Magee, Jr. RCAF)

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