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Born: Sep 21, 1933

Date of Passing: Jun 08, 2023

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Gerald (Gerry) Cairns passed away peacefully on June 8, 2023. He was born September 21, 1933, in Morden, Manitoba.

Gerry is survived by his loving wife Lorraine of 65 plus years; sister, Joanne of Portland, Oregon. He was predeceased by mother, Kate and father, Jack, and brothers, Barry and Marvyn.

Gerry was a Photographer and Photo Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press for 40 years. He loved his job. He excelled in photographing scenes and people from all walks of life. He photographed major sporting events, news events, political dignitaries from Manitoba and other parts of Canada. He had a special interest in the Arts Community and, in particular, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. In 1977, he was invited to Clarence House in London, England to present to Her Majesty, The Queen Mother, a book of photographs taken by Gerry of the Royal Tours of her children and grandchildren on their several visits to Canada. He was involved in Amateur Theatre for many years, building sets and working backstage. His greatest love was the cottage he and Lorraine owned at Nutimik Lake in the Whiteshell for 50 plus years.

He loved to travel. He and Lorraine spent many winters in Bucerias, Mexico and in Ferrerias, The Algarve in Portugal. They also went on several ocean and river cruises in Europe.

Gerry’s favourite beverage was a Manhattan, and his favourite past time was growing flowers and house plants.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite charity.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2023

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Heartfelt thoughts Lorraine, friends & family. You will have so many memories to cherish of Gerry. Just reading in the FP the wonderful tribute of how you met each other. Take care now and always. - Posted by: Lynn Checkley (GWL and Mina's great niece ) on: Aug 29, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to you, Lorraine. Gerry was a wonderful man. When I first started managing the Condominium Project in 1999, Gerry was so helpful and friendly in bringing me up to date on everything. Gerry was President of the Board of Directors at the time. When my career took me in another direction in 2006, I was sorry to leave that project. Sending prayers, strength, courage, peace, love and healing hugs to you, Lorraine. May the fond memories you have, bring you much comfort always. RIP Gerry - Posted by: Karen Reimer (Past Project Manager of Condominium) on: Jul 18, 2023

  • Gerry was a great boss, when I arrived from Thunder Bay in 1979. He made sure I knew how to get around the city, he gave detailed instructions, not only in left and right turns, street names but also landmark buildings and buildings that used to be on that spot. I am sure Google had Gerry in mind when SIRI was created. His sense of humour and positive attitude made the job at lot of fun. He was such a great person, always had a good story to tell. When the worst dressed at the WFP thought that the photographers needed a fashion make over, Gerry bought everyone the ugliest lime green sports jackets made from terry cloth, he had a rebellious spirit that endeared him to all that worked for him. Anyway we didn't have to wear the jackets as the makeover idea was quickly forgotten. Rest in peace G. Ken and Sherri Gigliotti - Posted by: Ken & Sherri Gigliotti (co worker) on: Jul 03, 2023

  • We the deeply sorry for your loss Lorraine; Gerry will be missed especially by those of us at Nutimik Lake - we will miss him at the beach soaking up the sun and playing in the annual lawn dart tournament. His sense of humour and smile. Deepest condolences, From the Bockstael and Jones families (Sharon Michelle Greg Michael and Sylvia) - Posted by: Michelle Jones (Friend) on: Jun 26, 2023

  • I remember Gerry from when I worked at the paper. He was so friendly and knowledgeable about photography. And while I never kept up with my photography, he did instill in me a love for being able to 'see' the world through the camera lens. RIP Gerry - Posted by: Barb (former co-worker) on: Jun 24, 2023

  • Back in the days when I got the print edition - no internet back then! - I really used to look forward to his Saturday edition landscapes on the editorial page. Pics of abandoned grain elevators and farm buildings, and fences slumping down and falling apart were my favourites as a nostalgia buff. No matter the subject, the photos were always well composed and shot. He was a true master of his craft. After he retired, we'd quaff the odd beer at our then shared watering hole. I offer my sincere condolences to Lorraine and extended family. - Posted by: Gord Richardson (Free Press subscriber) on: Jun 24, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to Lorraine and to family and friends. Gerry was the first person I met when I moved into the same building where he and Lorraine lived. He was welcoming and very proud of the garden he helped create. I know he will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Carol Beauchemin (neighbour) on: Jun 24, 2023

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