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Celebration of Life

Celebration of life will be held at Vernon Lodge Ballroom, Vernon, BC, on May 26, 2018.

Gerry O

Gerald Neil Obrecht

March 28, 1955- May 5, 2018

It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Gerry due to a brief, courageous battle with cancer.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

Gerry is survived by his wife Pam, sons Marc, Philip (Brittany), Devon, daughter’s Ashley and Jennifer (Till), grandchildren Amelia and Cooper, brother Brent, nephews James, Sean, and Lucas, and numerous extended family members across Canada.

He was predeceased by his best friend and mother Momma O (July 2007), father Albert Obrecht (1995), and Aunt Phyllis.

Gerry was born in Vancouver British Columbia to Margaret Ann Al-Molkey (Momma O) and Albert Obrecht. He grew up in Brandon Manitoba, later moving to Kelowna and attended Okanagan College to study business. He went on to become a successful business man in the hospitality industry who supported his community through his passion for sports. Gerry played many years of baseball and was a long time member of Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club where he was a former club captain and grew to know and love many of the members.

His love for travel took him all over the world to various countries with family members and friends from golfing trips to sight seeing adventures including the Global Scavenger Hunt twice in 2013/2014.

The family asks that you share Gerry’s sense of humour and life experiences that you had with him through photos, stories and short videos.  We encourage you to participate in the website so that we can all share in Gerry’s life adventure.

Celebration of Life will be held at Vernon Lodge Ballroom, Vernon BC, on May 26, 2018 from 2 pm to 6 pm. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Vernon Hospice House in memory of Gerry.

A Golf Lesson

Over fifty years have passed, Tho’ it seems like just the other day; My father gave me golf clubs, “It’s a game you need to learn to play.”  He said, “It’s very difficult, but so is life.  There’s more to learn than grip and swing and rules, like honesty and dealing with adversity; Then, pointing to his head, “… and how to use ALL your tools.

Play the Course… and Mother Nature…  Focus on just one shot at a time; Try to learn from each of your mistakes; Then, do your best to leave them behind.

These clubs will teach you more Than our ‘man to man’ talks.  This you’ll learn for yourself, so you can “walk the walk.”

“Practice makes better, but not perfect.  And always remember what they say: ‘” Golf is not a game that we can win.  It’s just a game we play.’”

His lessons served me very well, took them to heart and play the game.  And life is much like a round of golf.  Despite the bad shots, I’m always glad I came.


That feeling when you step to plate, Knowing it’s some type of fate.  Looking at an open grass, With three bases you need to pass.  Grasping life by the hand, Time to take this with a grand slam!  Stepping to home, A swing with a small groan.

I watch as the ball got plastered, As I ran faster and faster.  Slide to second!  Drop the ball!  Steal the third!  Good call.

It’s when I stare at home, My mind fixates to a drone.  There went the “CLING”, As my legs began to sing.

Home I go, It’s the more I know.  The cheers abrupt, But die when we know it’s not enough.

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