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GERALD RONALD ZOPPA (JERRY)
Born: Sep 12, 1936
Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
GERALD RONALD ZOPPA
September 12, 1936 February 5, 2022
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts, that we announce the passing of Jerry, as everyone knew him, (except when his Mom was mad or the police) on February 5, 2022 of lung cancer.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Anna of 64 years and his daughters, Diana (Shawn) and Jeri-Ann; sons, David and Glen (Cindy) and his grandchildren, Sara and Courtney, Taylor and Allie, Connor, Liam and Alex.
Jerry was predeceased by his mother Anne Zoppa and father Peter Zoppa in Selkirk, Manitoba and Thunder Bay, as well as several family members.
He was born in Kenora, Ontario and moved with his parents, Anne and Peter Zoppa to Thunder Bay, Ontario where he stayed until he married in 1958. Jerry and Anna moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1962.
Jerry loved his country music, especially the guitar. While living in Thunder Bay, he had his own four-piece band. They played at school dances, Club Seaway in T-Bay and many different venues. He was also a member of the local Musician's Union for many years. He was a lifelong trucker, travelling throughout Canada and the USA in his transport truck.
He was a family man, who loved his grandchildren and especially loved singing songs, like his favourites, "Molasses, Molasses" and "The Cat Came Back." Jerry loved travelling with Anna in their motor home from coast to coast in Canada and throughout the US, with trips to Hawaii and Cuba. He loved the warm weather.
Jerry was an active member of the Lisgar Lodge in Selkirk from 2005 to 2021 and introduced the infamous "Pig Roast" that happened every summer at the Lodge. He joined the Khartum Shriners in 2007 and had his 1990 Ford Custom 500 in all the parades in Canada and the USA.
He will be greatly missed by brother-in-laws, Bill (Joan), Rudy (Gail) in Thunder Bay and Ignace, Ontario, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks to the staff at the Grace Hospital and HSC for their care and lastly, Riverview Health Centre for all that they did for Jerry. God Bless.
Cremation has taken place and a Service of Remembrance will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to the Shrine Transportation Fund at the Shrine House on Wilkes Avenue.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 12, 2022
Condolences & Memories (16 entries)
Uncle Jerry had the best laugh and told the best jokes! I have so many wonderful memories. I'm so sorry Auntie Ann, Jerri-ann, Diana, Dave and Glen. He is up in heaven with my Dad, Big Red and the two of them are having a grand ol time. XO - Posted by: Tabitha Dean (Niece by friendship) on: Apr 29, 2022
It is with such sadness we have learned of Jerry's passing. When we started at the Shrine and got involved with the car parades, he was always there with a hello. We will miss your smile and welcome. Al & Jane Roth - Posted by: AL & Jane (Friends) on: Feb 19, 2022
Very sorry to hear about Jerry, he was a very nice man and very good neighbour to us. Sending our condolences to Anna and their family. Siobhan and Neesha Modjeski - Posted by: Siobhan And Neesha Modjeski (Neighbours) on: Feb 18, 2022
We are saddened to Learn of Gerry’s passing! And We would like to express our Deepest Sympathies To The Family At this Very sad And Difficult Time, Heaven has definitely gained another Angel. May Your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. R.I.P. Gerry Zoppa Donna & Margaret Dychko - Posted by: Donna Dychko (Family Friends ) on: Feb 17, 2022
Sorry to hear about Jerry, the rest of you stay well and safe - Posted by: Bert Rous (friend) on: Feb 16, 2022
Di, Jeri, Mrs. Zoppa (Anna) and family, my sincere condolences of Mr. Zoppa's (Gerry) passing. Your dad always had a smile, a good story or joke and of course a song! Such a wonderful man. He will be truly missed. - Posted by: Nancy (Smith) Latzkitsch ( highschool friend of Diana & Jeri) on: Feb 14, 2022
We are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Our condolences to you, Anna, and your family. It was so great that you guys dropped by about 2 years ago. We were able to share some "Krupnik", good laughs and great memories. Jerry was a great guy and will be missed by all that knew him. - Posted by: Pat Burbank and Andy Kuczynski (Friends and former co-workers) on: Feb 13, 2022
It is with regret that I heard of Gerry's passing. He will be missed. - Posted by: Paul Lamotte (Brother Mason) on: Feb 13, 2022
Sympathy and condolences to Anna and the whole Zoppa family. A great guy with a terrific sense of humour. Miss him already. - Posted by: Don and Patricia Chubey (family friends) on: Feb 12, 2022
Our sincere sympathy Anne & family. We have fond memories of Gerry & wish you much healing & comfort. - Posted by: Albert & Alma Zoppa (Cousin) on: Feb 12, 2022
It's been a long time, but I think of you often Anna. The last time I saw you, we were in a campground in the Okanagan many moons ago. My sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of Jerry. I remember you having so much fun together and I am sure that you will have challenging days ahead as you grieve. I am glad that you have a wonderful family that will be supporting you and each other. Take Care. - Posted by: Margot MacInnes (Former co-worker) on: Feb 12, 2022
It is with sadness that we lose another friend and brother. Jerry was always the first to offer help and support, he will be sadly missed. He was very active at Lisgar Lodge #2, Royal Arch #11 and the Shrine. Happy to Meet Sorry to Part. - Posted by: Stephen Gwynn (Friend and Masonic Brother) on: Feb 12, 2022
Sending deepest sympathy to Anne and family. This brings back fond memories of a time when Jerry and a few other friends of my husband entertained at a number of Personal Care Homes to the delight of the residents. - Posted by: pat psooy (friend) on: Feb 12, 2022
Anna and family, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I will always remember the fun times at your homestead, Champagne's in Lac Du Bonnet, and riding with Jerry in the parades. He was a true gentleman and always was the first to jump up and get a project or the party going. - Posted by: dave brownrigg (friend and felloe Shriner Vintage Cars member) on: Feb 12, 2022
My condolences to Jeri, Family and Friends, may he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Nuno Camara (Acquaintance ) on: Feb 12, 2022
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. - Posted by: Kim Hery (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2022
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