Gerrit Apfeld

A photo of Gerrit Apfeld


Gerry's family will remember him privately

Gerry (Gabby) Apfeld of Erieau passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of May 7, 2020.  Gerry was the son of the late Gerrit and Violet (Johnston) Apfeld.  He was born in Wilkie, Saskatchewan 87 years ago but made Erieau his home with his wife Eva (Warren) for the almost 69 years that they were married.  Erieau would also become where Gerry and Eva would raise their family.  They were predeceased by their first son Christopher at 4 months.

Surviving are:

Their daughter Susan Hendsbee (late Maxwell) and her partner Nick Bryant, her children Christopher & Jill Hendsbee (Hazel, Maxwell and Angus) and William & Natasha Hendsbee (Eva),

Their son Jack Apfeld and his partner Sharon Davis, his daughter Lisa Montrose Apfeld and her husband Todd Montrose, his grandchildren Tiana Reid Apfeld (Ayden and Adelynn) and Chase Montrose,

Their daughter Amy Green (late Ronald) and her children James Green & fiancé Deanna Bak, and Ronald & Katy Green (Ronnie),

Their son Andrew Apfeld and his daughter Korell Apfeld & Matt Treloar.

Gerry is survived by two sisters Marie Karlson (late Leonard) and Jeannette Vidler (late George), by two sisters-in-law Donna Warren and Margaret Warren and by many nieces and nephews.    He was predeceased by Eva’s siblings Emma & Jack Foulis, Ted & Lil Warren, Bob & Jacqueline Warren, Margaret & Fred Embury, Clinton Warren, Bill Warren and John & June Warren.

Gerry loved everything that Erieau had to offer.  He worked on the Alexander Leslie and for many years as a commercial fisherman.  He was one of the survivors of the tugboat explosion in 1955 and once was the village Fire Chief.  He could have described his life as perfect because there were so many good moments.  He loved and was loved back, he worked hard, he took any opportunity to teach children the art of fishing, he was extremely proud of his family and he spent his retirement days trying to catch a bigger fish than he did the day before with his best friend Randy Brown.

Gerry’s family will remember him privately.  Friends wishing to remember him are asked to consider supporting the Erieau Fire Department, St. Paul’s Anglican Church or teach a child how to fish.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Eva and family at this difficult time. Will always remember his sense of humour and his smile.

Sincere condolences. You're in our thoughts and prayers. 🙏

Aunt Eva we pass on our sincere condolences to you Susan, Jack, Amy and Andy and their families. Erieau will truly miss Uncle Garry and his stories. Mom was very sadden when I told her. We will come over and visit as soon as we can. Love Mike & Cheryl

Norma and I would like to extend our condolences to Gerry’s family. I have many memories of our conversations whether it be at the fishing docks, the restaurant, casual meetings or wherever. Our discussions were always enjoyable. May he rest in peace.

Amy: I am so saddened to read of your Dad's passing. I am sorry that I can't pay my condolences to you and your family in person and give you a big hug! Neither are possible!! I think of how you would race down the stairs to see your parents when Carla would let you know they had come in! Remember those happy days and so many others now. My sincere thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Eva and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this saddened time.

Our sincere sympathies to Eva and your family . You are in our thoughts and prayers. George and Robbie

Sending along love and peace as you morn the loss of your husband, father and grandfather.

So sorry for your loss. Gabby was a long time good friend and we will miss him. Our hearts go out the the Apfeld family, especially you Eva. Take care

Eva and family, So sorry to hear about Gerry. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Carol Boylan

From the family of Joe & Cecilia Stewart....would like to send our condolences to the family

Eva so sorry to hear about Gerrit. You and your family are in my prayers. Take care.

Eva & family, So very sorry to hear of Gerrys passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time Marvin & Sandi Turner.

My sincerest condolences to Gerry’s family and friends.

Susan, To you and your family we send our deepest sympathies. May your dad rest in the loving arms of our Lord. RIP.

Our condolences to you & family

Susan and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Another Angel to watch over you all. Liz and Stan

Sending our deepest condolences to Susan and her family. I remember the stories Susan would tell me about her dad. God bless you all xo Rebecca & Darren George

Please except our deepest condolences to all the family. God Bless. Clarence, Bernadette and Darcy Creamer.

Susan and family. Our condolences to you and your family. Sounds like your dad had a rich and wonderful life doing the things he loved and was loved and respected in your community. You are in our thoughts this weekend. Take care of yourself.

Eva an families,Wallace an I are so very sorry to hear of Gabby passing .We are sending our most heartfelt condolences to you all at this difficult time,please know that we are keeping you in our thought an prayers.

So sorry for your loss Eva, Andy, Amy , Sue , Jack and family’s. Gerry was a wonderful generous loving man whom I had the privilege of being able to call him dad, and he will be missed greatly. Xx

Wow, Eva. What a loss. You couldn’t grow up in Erieau and not have the privilege of a tale from Gerry. Always entertaining and informative and even better mostly true. What a wonderful man. Truly the wisest of the “Circle “. Sharren and I want you to know that you and your family are in our prayers.

Eva, very sorry to hear of your loss. Clarence, Vern and Jim Morris.

Erieau has lost an icon that represents all that is good about our village. Long time respected man who was a part of all our memories and who you could count on to greet you warmly every time he saw you. To Eva and family, I am sending hugs to all of you today. 💕💕

Eva and family sharing your loss,thinking of you and family and know what you are going through. How fortunate you have been to share 69 years with the Love of your Life♥️

Our condolences Aunt Eva and the whole family. My father had told me many stories of their adventures. He will be sincerely missed.

Eva, Gerry will be greatly missed by his many friends. His laugh and genuine joy in living will be his legacy. You and your family were blessed.

Dear Eva, We send our sympathy in your loss of Gerry. I enjoyed reminiscing with him a few weeks ago. He was my go to person when I had Erieau questions.

Our cincere condolences to the Eva and family .Gerrit will be greatly missed by all as a true friend and fishing pal and card player.

Eva and family. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May fond memories of Gerrit, bring you comfort during this most difficult time. May care and love of those around provide comfort and peace in the days ahead. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all. Krys, Tara, Erick & the boys, Sheri and Brent.

Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Your dad touched a lot of people's lives- mine included. I will always remember his caring nature , wonderful smile , witty advice and amazing stories. My thoughts and prayers go out to Nick and you. Sending lots of love and hugs your way. Krys

Eva and family, We were so sorry to hear of Gerry's death, what a wealth of stories and history in Erieau he was. Our love and prayers are with you all, Kara & Rod & the boys xo

Eva and family Our sincerest heartfelt condolences. 69 years together, WOW that is one wonderful Life together!!! Sincerely Greg & Sandra MacDonald

So sorry to hear of Gabby’s passing. He was an awesome man and a pillar of our community.... He always had a great story and lots of history to share. My deepest condolences to your family . RIP Gabby you will be missed by everyone who’s life you touched.

Hi Eva & family So very sorry to hear of Garry’s passing. He as well as his great fishing stories will be missed. Keeping you in our thoughts & prayers. Marg. Jeff

So sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man!!

Eva and family. So very sorry for your loss. Gabby was a very gentle man and always a pleasure to talk too. Always had a hello or a wave for us when we walked by. He will be missed!! XO

So sorry for your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with the family. He will certainly be missed.


Eva and family, so sorry to here of Gabby’s passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. I was enjoyed listening to him talk about his early days in Erieau . Rick & Wendy Barnier

Eva and family. So sorry to hear of Gabby’s passing. He will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Eli and Dave

So sorry for the loss of a wonderful husband and father , Larry fished on the Marvel-Ann and hoisted many a beer with him also .Gabby, as he was known by this name to most of us carried his love of fishing through out his life he could be seen with a pole in his hand . He will be missed hugs to his family.

Eva and family. Friends and neighbours for many years, my thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed.

Eva and family... Our prayers are with you.. so sorry to hear of Gerrit's passing. sincere sympathy. He will truly be missed. Don and Anne Gammage

Dear Eva & Family - We both loved seeing you & Gerry -he was always happy easy going and really pleased to be able to win at a game of cards -He was loved by all and will be really missed.

Eva...... My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May your lifetime of memories comfort and sustain you.