July 31, 1931 - October 12, 2016
Acton, Gerald (Gerry) Homer
July 31st 1931 – Oct 12th 2016
On October 12th 2016, Gerry passed away peacefully at Stillwater Creek Residence. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Helen Marjorie Acton (nee Gray) and his two sons, Dave in Singapore, and Barry (Maggi) of Dunrobin. Predeceased by their first born son, Richard Glenn (1959) and a brother Charles, Gerry also leaves behind his loving sister Hattie Acton (Kemptville) and his special nephew Ron (Nancy) Acton of Barry’s Bay. Many other nieces and nephews, family and friends will remember him fondly.
Born at home in Acton’s Corners ON, Gerry was raised on the farm, attending local schools and church. Seeking his first job in 1951, he landed a position with the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) as a recording operator. His first job was recording quarter-hour broadcasts by Members of Parliament for the “Report From Parliament Hill” radio series.
Many transfers, promotions, and various different positions took Gerry and his family to Toronto with them returning back to Ottawa in 1974. He retired in 1991 as a Vice President of the CAB and was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame having served the industry for fifty years. He continued to consult following his retirement, receiving many more awards and accolades throughout his long association with the broadcasting industry.
In addition, he served as Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters and secretary to the boards of City View Curling Club and West Nepean Ecumenical Residential Projects (WNERP/Harmer House).
Visitation will be held at the
Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes
3440 Richmond Rd., Nepean, ON
on Friday October 14th from 2 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Bells Corners on Saturday October 15th, 2016 at 2 pm. Interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. The family would like to say a special thank you to the compassionate staff at Stillwater Creek Retirement Community, and are most grateful for the caring workers who attended to Gerry from the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).