Gerard Francis “Gerry” LeDrew

October 16, 1944 to October 22, 2023


It is with profound sadness and broken hearts that we announce the passing of Gerard Francis “Gerry” LeDrew at his home in St. John’s, surrounded by loved ones, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.

Leaving to mourn is his wife of 58 years, Anita (nee Murphy), his children Stephen (Trudy Lee), Susan (Rolf Pritchard) and Donald (Susan Patey); four grandchildren, Taylor (Stephen Bolen), Harrison, Anderson and Oliver Pritchard; brothers Bill and Leonard (Elaine) and only sister Grace Marie with whom he shared a special love (Rufus Drake); sisters-in-law Shirley LeDrew, Nora McIntee and Patsy Murphy; nieces and nephews Sheri-Anne, Shelley and Sandy LeDrew; Sheila, Tony, Bill and Jason LeDrew; Joanne, Jennifer and Denise LeDrew; Monica, Ryan and Stephanie LeDrew;  Michael, Sandy and Curtis LeDrew; Douglas and Andy LeDrew; Alan Guy; Martin, Janice and Colin Gavin; Darrell and Phyllis McIntee; Terri-Lynn, Christopher, Evan and JC Patey; along with his devoted dachshund Tucker.

Gerry was predeceased by his parents Rexford “Tony” and Helen (Taaffe) LeDrew; his parents-in-law Stephen and Marie (Hoskins) Murphy; brothers Gus; Paul, John, Mike and Joe LeDrew; brothers-in-law Tom Guy, Jim Gavin and Phil McIntee; sisters-in-law Elizabeth “Betty” Gavin, Mary Guy, Judie LeDrew, Edith Howlett and Joan LeDrew; and nephews Doug and Robert Guy.

Gerry was a very humble man but an incredible athlete, excelling at every sport he ventured.  He played baseball and softball on Provincial and National levels.  His love of sports played a pivotal role in meeting his wife, Anita, when she tagged along with her friend to see Gerry in the hospital after he’d broken his arm sliding into home base.  He may not have scored the run, but he got the girl! Gerry was an avid bowler which he often reminisced with much joy that he was able to experience with both his brothers AND his father (about whom he did brag as he had been on the very first team that won the Herder Memorial trophy).

He loved to curl and like many other sports, clinched many team and personal titles along the way.  He even had his hand at basketball throughout school and thereafter – telling tales about the time he and his brothers were playing a game in Stephenville against a team of US Servicemen only to have his eldest brother Bill, and far and away their best player, fouled out of the game.  Losing the game meant nothing to Gerry.  What made his heart burst with pride was the request of the opposing team that Bill be allowed to play so as to keep the game competitive.  That was Gerry.  He loved the people and the stories as much as, or possibly more than the games themselves.  He often never spoke about the scores or who won the games, speaking rather about the experiences such as how someone felt about the way they played or about the general experiences of the competition, like the time he and his brothers Joe and John were banned from the “all you can eat” Chinese buffet at the National Slo-Pitch Softball championship in Ontario!  He was often known to tell a yarn and to say of a story “it doesn’t always have to be true, it just has to be good!”

Outside of his family, his true love was the game of Golf which he lived and breathed, not just for the game itself, but for the opportunity it afforded him to share time with friends, family and new friends along the way. And as everyone who golfs knows, it never rains on the golf course!   When still in his teens and working at Goodyear & House on West Street in Corner Brook, it wasn’t uncommon to hear Mr. H.O. House tell Gerry that he had done enough work for the day, which was code for “Gerry – I have a tee time and need you to caddie for me.”  Gerry had a flawless easy swing that won him the opportunity to be part of Team Newfoundland (as it then was) at the Willingdon Cup in Ontario. Perhaps not bringing home that hardware was a blessing, as there was not enough room on the shelves brimming with trophies to accommodate it!  A perpetual gentleman, Gerry was a delight to play with, learn from and laugh with.  Never to brag, always to encourage. A beautiful human.

Gerry’s family was his life, his siblings, wife, children and the four grandchildren whom he adored.   Gerry was always there to offer a kind word, a cup of tea, attend a practice or game and to reduce any problem to surmountable components.  But he didn’t stop at family.  The number of lives he touched by his generosity, kindness, twinkling blue eyes, warm smile, handshake or most often, gentle embrace are immeasurable.  Gerry was a selfless person, never thinking he deserved anything, but wanting everything for his children and grandchildren.  He shared deeply in every loss they suffered, and beamed with pride and celebrated every success.

Involved in numerous charities throughout his life, Gerry was a selfless person, who literally took off and gave his winter jacket to a needy person he encountered walking on the streets of St. John’s.  Always a joke at family dinners, he would not pick up food for himself until everyone had picked up theirs, saying he’d have toast if there was nothing left.  Volunteering and community involvement gave him great joy which he continued until COVID made it impossible and thereafter his progressing dementia.   Gerry cherished his involvement with the Church as a lay reader, choir member and Eucharistic minister (even teaching the wedding course with his beloved “Nete”) and also his time as Grand Knight of the Archbishop Howley Council of the Knights of Columbus and as President of the West Side Sports Club (Monarchs).

His passing leaves a void in our lives that can never be filled.

The family would like to express their gratitude for all who have travelled to see Gerry when his health was failing, for relatives, incredible friends and gracious neighbours who prepared meals and were always ready to assist. A special thank you to Dave Soucy who gave the world an extra 8 years with Gerry when he decided to have a heart attack on the #9 hole of the Gander Golf Course and Dave quickly brought him to the emergency room on his golf cart which timeliness saved Gerry’s life.  And to Drs. Stephen Major and Susan Mercer who cared compassionately for Gerry and provided tremendous support to the family, along with his care providers, Bernice, Christine, Mary, Princess and Rhoda who provided consistent and loving care even when it became increasingly challenging. And to his lifelong and closest friends, Jerry and Jean Rex, Bernd and Rochelle Staeben and especially Dave and Marcella Gillett, Rosanne Barclay and Cindy Halloran whose unwavering friendship and kindness supported Gerry and his family until his final moments, the family will be eternally grateful.

Cremation was entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, where the family will receive visitors on Friday, October 27th, from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm.   Gerry’s service and celebration of life will occur in Corner Brook next summer (2024), the details of which will be facilitated through the Fillatre’s Funeral Home website.



2-4 p.m. on October 27, 2023

7-9 p.m. on October 27, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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To Nete , Stephen, Susan and Donald,,
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your families at this most difficult time. Gerry was a great friend, easy to be with and a joy to know. He was a truly gentle soul who loved family , loved sports , and loved interacting with friends and acquaintances..
He will be missed by many for a very long time.
Fraser and Yvonne Lush

My condolences to the Ledrew family, grew up close to Gerry in our younger years, he was always the common-sense nice guy in the bunch, he always had time for chat in later years. RIP buddy.

Susan & Family,

Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Hold on to your wonderful memories.

My sincere condolences to the LeDrew family on the loss of this wonderful man. Gerry was a true gentleman.

Susan, Rolf and family,

Thinking of you all at this sad time. Your dad sounds like he was an amazing person and a wonderful family man.

Lisa Baker and Martin LeDrew

Anita & the Ledrew family
I was deeply saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing. I have many wonderful memories of him when we bowled together on teams in Corner Brook. He was a great bowler and teammate. Because of Gerry we won several championships. Rest in peace Gerry
Kevin Pardy

So sorry to learn of your loss, do remember all the good times!

Our sincere condolences to Anita & Families.

Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. Gerry. Our most heartfelt condolences.

I never met Gerry but I’m Gary Wiscombe’s granddaughter and I always heard stories of Gerry, I always appreciated him taking the time to spend with my Pop. Thinking of you all in this difficult time

Kind, compassionate, gentle, a fine gentleman and a sweetheart. These words appear in prior condolence messages to characterize our friend Gerry. I would like to add selfless to that list, simply because I have never met a human being more concerned with the welfare of others than Gerry LeDrew. He was a family man, a good man. I met him too late in life, perhaps a dozen years ago. I will forever regret not having known him from a much earlier time in our lives. To Nete, Stephen, Donald and Susan, please accept our deepest condolences on your loss. Our love and thoughts are with you.

Nete & Family, we were so sorry to hear Gerry had passed. He was one of the kindest humans you could ever hope to meet. He will, no doubt, be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.. Sending our thoughts & prayers to all Gerry’s beloved family.

Sincerely, Judy & Derek Young, Corner Brook

So sorry to hear of Gerry passing. He was such a kind man and always smiling.
Barbara Wiseman

So sorry for the loss of Gerry. We never met but Lenoard let me know we were related years ago. I was a daughter of Walter Le Drew in GFW..

Deeply saddened to hear of Gerry’s passing. He was such an all round great guy. I will be forever grateful for the kindness and compassion he showed to my mom. Heartfelt condolences to Nete, Stephen, Susan, Donald, the grandchildren, and to my LeDrew cousins. Hugs to all.

To the LeDrew Family
Sorry to hear of the passing of Gerry. I have many fond memories of him over the years. We always had a chat and a few smiles as we talked about our golf game. He was in the true sense of the words a gentleman.
May your memories get you all through this difficult time. Rest in Peace Gerry.

Anita, Ruth and I were so very saddened to learn of Gerry’s passing and offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. I have very fond memories of Gerry while serving with him on the Corner Brook West Sports Club and doing business with him when he worked at the ABM store on Poplar Road many years ago. In every sense of the word Gerry was a true gentleman, may he rest in peace.and may you find solace in the memories you and he made over the years..

Anita and Family.
Sorry to hear of Gerry’s Passing! So many fond memories of our time together at Columbus Club! May God bless all of you during the difficult time..
Paul,Lorraine and Darren Gillingham

So sorry Grace you lost your brother. My condolences.

Edward Smith

So sorry to hear the news of Gerry’s passing, Thoughts and prayers are with you all, at this difficult time..

My sincere condolences to Gerry’s family and especially to my good friend, Grace. I know how very much you loved him xo.

Feeling the sadness of Gerry’s death with Nete and all, and celebrating his life of unforgettable kindness.
Heartfelt sympathy to all!
Dolores Hall

Dear Grace, Anita and family,
Sincere condolences. Jerry was a beautiful person. I often thought he had so many gifts inside and out, stuffed tight into one body. His easy smile, his love of family and kindness, and althetic abilities were amazing. A true gentleman.
Love and prayers.


My love and sympathy to the entire family of this fine man who was part of my life since our teen years. May you s no every putt on the other side, Gerry.
Judy (House) LeMoine

Susan, Anita, Steve, and family,
We’re so very sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing; please accept our deepest condolences for your loss. We can imagine how hugely challenging his illness has been, particularly over the last while. We hope the many wonderful memories that you have will help you now as you move through this difficult time. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

Anita and the LeDrew family.
So sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. We played baseball together many years ago and not only was he a great athlete but he was a great person. I always enjoyed our chats and our laughs during the years he lived in Corner Brook. He will be missed.

Anita and Family
So very sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Sincere condolences.

I got to know Gerry really well when we did a business and computers course together at Academy Canada many years ago, lots of good laughs together. He was a real gentleman and a sweetheart. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. R. I. P my friend.

Anita So sorry to here about the passing of Gerry
I have many fond memories of Gerry and could share a few stories also lol
Condolences to you and all family members and friends who will miss him deeply
RIP Gerry


My deepest sympathy to the LeDrew family. Gerry was a true gentleman, he will be sadly missed.

I was so sorry to hear of Gerry’s recent passing. He was a fine gentleman and respected by everyone Please accept my sincere sympathy.

To the family of Gerry Ledrew.

If the world ever needed a definition of a gentleman it was Gerry. To anyone who ever had the chance to meet him, play sports with him or just be there while you shared a chat over a cup of tea and a sandwich, you knew you were in the company of a special person. And not only a true gentlemen, but a gentle man, whose calm demeanor made him such a pleasure to be around. His easy going personality made you want to be in his company….he was quick to laugh, quicker to smile and quick to share a story….but chances are he wanted to hear your story first.! .Heaven has gained one very special person. Bob D