May 30, 1939 – December 30, 2018
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Gerald (Gerry/Jerry) Bomba. Gerry is lovingly remembered by his devoted wife Marion, to whom he was married for 57 years; two sons, Mark (Julie) and Matt (Leanna); three grandchildren, Brayden, Carter and Kemsley; one sister, Lydia Robertson and numerous extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jaroslaw & Jaroslava; two brothers, Roman and Alec; and one sister Elizabeth Matkuliak.
Gerry was born in Radechiw, Ukraine in 1939 at the start of WWII. His family immigrated to Canada when he was six years old. They settled in Winnipeg where Gerry became active in sports – football, boxing and wrestling. He was inducted into the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame in 2015. Gerry was accepted into the RCMP in 1958 – Troop 46 (#20701). He was posted to Vernon, BC where he began his 30-year career then moved to Alexis Creek.
Gerry and Marion were high-school sweethearts meeting in Grade 10. They began their married life on July 1st, 1961 posted in Williams Lake. This was where Gerry found his love of the lakes and his passion for boating, water skiing and fishing. Marion supported Gerry through all his RCMP travels with grace, dignity and an everlasting sense of humour.
During the rest of his RCMP career Gerry and family were posted in Chilliwack, Mission, Enderby, Castlegar, Lillooet, Prince Rupert, Kelowna and then finally Maple Ridge. Gerry lived his life bound by standards of fairness and justice found in the ideals of the RCMP. Many bonds were made during his various postings, which created life long friendships that are still going strong today. Gerry retired from the Force in 1989 as a highly respected Staff Sergeant where he went on to work for the BC Lottery Corporation in Kamloops, B.C.
During their marriage Gerry and Marion owned two lake properties where they enjoyed many years with family and friends in the Okanagan and Shuswap. In their last move to Vernon they have reconnected with old friends during Gerry’s last years.
Gerry spent his last day with his family by his side. Marion’s last moments with him were spent reminiscing about good times as she comforted him to sleep. Gerry passed in his sleep peacefully hours later.
Marion would like to thank the team at the Vernon Dialysis Clinic for their years of committed care of Gerry. Without their diligent and high-level care Gerry would not have had the quality to his final years.
As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made in memory of Gerry to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5L2. No service by request. A date for a celebration of life will be set for later this summer. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cremation arrangements were made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, BC V1T 8Z5, 250-542-1187.
Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd