Gerald Wayne Phinney, aged 74, passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the Maison Albert House.
Gerald was born October 10, 1947 to Bernard and Pauline (Wheaton). He was raised in a busy and loving home with 5 siblings: Carol Ann, Elmer, Kathleen, Connie and Ivan. Gerald lived his whole life in Sackville, attending Central School and graduating from Sackville Composite High School in 1965. From 1965-66, Gerald attended NBCC to become a mechanic.
In 1967, Gerald met a beautiful young girl, Dorothy Crossman. They were married on October 10, 1969. Dorothy and Gerald had three children: Andy (Stacey), Anthony (Ada) and Andrea. Referred to as Pa, Gerald’s grandchildren meant the world to him: Matthew, Sabrina, Justin, Jack, Riley, Katelyn and great-granddaughter Mia. Gerald’s life is also celebrated by his brother in-law Wayne (Alice) and many nieces and nephews. Family was always a priority and he always wanted to know how you were doing, how work was, and what was new each time a family member dropped in to see him. He dearly loved his dogs: Lady, Foxy and Iya.
Gerald was never one to let grass grow under his feet. From an early age, it was evident he was a hard worker, frugal and wise in all decisions and dedicated to what was important in his life. Gerald began a career as a mechanic at Weldon’s Garage in 1966, and later at Lounsbury’s. In 1972, Gerald had the opportunity for employment with NB Power. He started work as a lineman that year, remaining until retirement in 2005. His work ethic, engaging personality and “friend to all” attitude earned him respect and praise from everyone he met. If you talk to anyone who worked with or knew Gerald over the years, the comment is always the same: what a good man that Gerald Phinney is.
Gerald was an avid gardener, planting and maintaining a garden that fed the extended family and more. He loved being in the woods and worked alongside his brother Ivan and his sons, Anthony and Andy, getting firewood each fall. Many laughs were had on these adventures in the woods.
After retirement, Gerald remained far from retired. He and Dorothy settled in a house between the homes of Doncasters. Both homes ran businesses, providing Gerald with ample opportunity to stay busy. He thrived, whether working long days on a tractor or in a dump truck.
Gerald had a busy network of friends. Social gatherings were many in whichever home they lived in and maintained over the summer at Anne’s Acres. Countless laughs and drinks were shared while playing lawn darts, washers, poker and anything that someone came up with. Memorable events that were enjoyed by a vast array of people took place at the yellow cottage at Anne’s.
Gerald was happiest when hosting. Anyone showing up or invited received the same welcome. You could be sure to be offered coffee, a drink and something to eat. Dorothy was a gracious partner with all the surprise guests that Gerald invited in for a meal! Family Sunday suppers were a tradition carried on from Gerald’s parents. It was a cherished time to Gerald, a time for all family to gather, have a happy hour before supper and maybe even get one of his special Caesars.
In his last days, Gerald would look for his wife at his side, holding her hand lovingly. His legacy, his love of family, is what we will all remember and hold dear.
Gerald was predeceased by his parents, in-laws, sister Connie, sisters-in-law, Darlene and Betty as well as brothers- in-law, Arnold and Bob.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Erin Campbell and staff of Campbell’s Funeral Home, 89 Bridge Street, Sackville, N.B. (364-8188). A graveside service will take place at the Midgic Cemetery on Monday, September 12, at 2 p.m. with Tom Barkley officiating. Reception to follow.
If so desired, donations in memory of Gerald may be made to Maison Albert House or to the Midgic Cemetery. Online condolences, donations and sharing of memories may be forwarded to the family through the funeral home website at www.campbellsfuneralhome.com or by visiting Campbell’s Funeral Home Facebook page.
“Dad gave his kids the best gift a father could give; he loved our Mom greatly”