"In this world where everyone dies, where every song ends, where every achievement is undone, where every treasure is lost, all of us are left behind. All of us leave but everywhere and always there is the hum of continuing. Though always incomplete, always there is the sound of love, forever and at the core unfinished." - Douglas Penick
Reginald Ernest Gervais was born September 16, 1938 in Montreal to Ernest Gervais and Grace Desormeau. Both his parents and beloved sister, Annette, predeceased him. Reginald died at Maple Ridge hospital on January 21, 2022 in the loving presence of his wife, Iris of 60 years, three sons, Michael (wife, Ramona), Joey (wife, Juanita and children, Candace, Jordan, and Ryley), and Norman (wife, Deanne and children, Braeden and Jenevieve).
Reginald lived his life with principles, hard work and built houses that became homes for his wife, children, and grandchildren.
He lived his life singing the Frank Sinatra song "I Did it My Way." However, he was a man of ethics, calm, and morality who imparted significant life values of decency to his sons. Reginald always encouraged his sons to stay connected to each other and be strong.
He was proud to serve as a Sapper with the Canadian Armed Forces and to have Norman and Ryley continue the Gervais commitment to serve their country. Michael was passionate about service to the community as a police officer.
Reginald used his brilliance at mathematics in the pipefitters trade that contributed to the construction of flight simulators in Saudi Arabia, the largest American nuclear plants, and essential structures at the Canadian Parliament building. This proficiency in the trades became imbued in Joey as a journeyman welder, Candace as a project manager and journeyman electrician, and Jordan soon to be a journeyman plumber.
He was a philospher, story teller, a reader of history, world newspapers which continues with Braeden. His love of music, his shimmering light is reflected by Jenevieve.
Reginald is survived by brother Bernie, sisters Claudette and Dolores, numerous nieces and nephews who can still see him drinking beer, hear him singing songs in French and English, speaking Regisms quotes such as "turn the page," "the only constant is change," and "fate is a hunter."
The bugle is playing "Last Post" for Reginald.
Further details about Reginald's celebration of life, the internment of his ashes will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish to, donations can be made to a dementia, Alzheimer or veterans charity, of your choice.
The family are sincerely grateful for the professionalism, compassion and excellent care provided by all the 2West staff at the Maple Ridge Hospital.