We Remember

YAMAOKA, Gerry

March 12, 1948 — July 18, 2022

Gerry Yamaoka, much-beloved husband, father, and grandfather, slipped away peacefully on July 18, 2022, at the age of 74 after a valiant battle with lung cancer.

Predeceased by his parents, Toshio and Mitsuko (Shirley), Gerry is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Vicky; his children Shaun (Keri) and Kristy; his grandchildren Jayden, Kyleigh, and Alexis; and his many family members and friends.

Gerry was born on March 12, 1948, in Kelowna, B.C., into an orchardist family where he planted strong roots working alongside his father.  He eventually took over the family business and proudly managed it for twenty successful years, retiring in 2007.  A lover of the great outdoors, Gerry’s passions included Matsutake mushroom hunting, steelhead fishing, and golfing with friends.

Gerry battled many significant health challenges throughout his life and faced them stoically with grace and courage and without complaint.  “Peachy” was the standard word that he used to describe how he was feeling when asked.

Thanks to the care, support, and empathy of the Kelowna General Hospital transplant team, Dr. Graham, and many other doctors, nurses, and staff at the Community Health & Services Centre including Drs. Rao, Rolf, and Shaw, Palliative Care, and Hospice House Kelowna, Gerry was afforded more time with his loved ones, for which we are extremely grateful.

There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers or Koden, donations may be made to the Kelowna Transplant Clinic (Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2) or to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.

LIVESTREAM:

Service
Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM

Location
SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME

Share with Others:

Kelowna Transplant Clinic (Kelowna General Hospital, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2) or to the Central Okanagan Hospice House Association Link: hospicecoha.org

 


Service Information

Service Details


The service for YAMAOKA, Gerry is scheduled for Monday, August 8, 2022, at 10:00 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

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Special Requests:

None.


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Condolences

  • Bob Mettleesky says:

    Gerald was simply a great friend in school. He enjoyed weekends and the odd beer we used to share at our special secret drinking holes around the area. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his wife, family and extended family. PS: just so you know Gerry that is a nice catch. RIP Gerry your suffering is now over and in peace.

  • Jean Stewart says:

    Vicky and family. I am sad to hear of Gerry’s passing and wish to extend my condolences to all. I remember him as a vibrant young man with a great personality – and remember your visit to the ranch many years ago. My blessings. Jean Stewart

  • John and Susan Nishida says:

    Vicky and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. We remember that summer that we took John’s Mom out for a visit and you all were so kind and welcoming to us. Thinking of you at this difficult time.
    The Nishida Family (John, Susan, Kate and Steve)

  • Laurie Williams says:

    Vicky, Shaun, Kristy and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Gerry was true friend to everyone and will be missed greatly. Hold on tight to all of your wonderful and cherished memories. RIP my friend.

  • Sue FranK says:

    Vicky, Judy and I were so sad to hear of Gerry’s passing. I was hoping to make it in today for Gerry’s service but have developed a bad cold and do not want to spread it to anyone. I am sending you lots of Love and hugs . Judy and Gerald as well send their Deepest Sympathy. So sorry for you loss! Love always Sue

  • Julie Fiorentino says:

    Dear Jayden and family,
    I was saddened to read the obituary of your Grandfather. He must have been one proud man to be a grandfather to you, Jayden! I remember you as such a smart, talented and kind student. I am certain you were influenced by your Grandpa’s values.
    May his wisdom resonate in your memory and his wit make you laugh on the days you need it most.
    Sincerely,
    Miss Julie Fiorentino
    Your Grade 1 teacher at Watson Road Elementary

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