Flucke, Gerald “Gerry” Frederick

March 3, 1935 – May 18, 2022
at the age of 87 years:     

A celebration of life will be held later this summer; all who knew him are invited to join.

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gerald Frederick Flucke on May 18th, 2022 at the age of 87.  Gerry was predeceased by his wife Kathleen and survived by his daughters Kim of Quesnel, Kelly of Vernon, and his son Bryan of Salmon Arm. He will forever be in our hearts.

Although we all wish for just one more moment together with this wonderful man; let it be known that Gerry had the amazing good fortune to be doing what he enjoyed right up until his passing.

                                Do not stand at my grave and weep,
                                I am not there, I do not sleep.
                                I am a thousand winds that blow,
                                I am the diamond glints on the snow.
                                I am the sunlight on the ripened grain,
                                I am the gentle autumns rain.
                                When you waken in the morning’s hush,
                                I am the swift uplifting rush,
                                Of the quiet birds in circled flight.
                                I am the soft stars that shine at night.
                                Do not stand at my grave and cry,
                                I am not there, I did not die.

Gerry was born in Victoria, BC on March 3rd, 1935 to Archibald Frederick and Edith Margaret Flucke. With his father away in England during WWII, a lot of Gerry’s childhood was spent in the company of his wonderful extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins.

After high school Gerry joined the Air Force where he completed training as a Meteorological Observer.  Not sure if it was his plan, but this was just the beginning of a lifelong adventure in the field of meteorology and weather related disciplines.  From conducting weather observations at the remote Ocean Station PAPA, to providing sea ice and weather information in Canada’s Arctic, to assisting the BC Ministry of Forests with weather forecasts during wildfire season; Gerry always carried out his duties to the highest possible standards.

Gerry’s dedication to doing everything to the best of his abilities was also present outside his professional life.  Gerry was a proud and contributing member of many organisations throughout his life.  Such organisations included the Lions Club of Winchester Ontario, Circle V Flying Club of Winchester Ontario, Salmon Arm Flying Club, The Canadian Kennel and Canadian Samoyed Clubs, as well as numerous associations and groups related to the Llama and Alpaca industries.

Everyone who knew Gerry will agree that we have lost a remarkable man; he is missed immensely. We thank him for giving so much of himself and blessing us all with so many wonderful memories.

A celebration of life will be held later this summer; all who knew him are invited to join.

8 Comments

  1. A great leader, friend and colleague. Gerry you will be missed. My sincere condolences to the Flucke family.

  2. To Gerry’s Family;
    I knew your Dad more as my Instructor for various courses over my 42 year Career in Meteorology but I think I got to know him personally after we retired and met on a few occasions. He was an inspiration and a friend who could talk Family and caring, particularly when I was at a low point due to my own loss.
    Your Dad decided to contribute left-over funds, from the Ice Jubilee, to my 16 year old Grandson in Victoria after he suffered a massive brain bleed. Although he did not know me well, he took the time to drive from Salmon Arm to Victoria to spend a couple of hours with me when I was visiting from the US. He was a very nice man and It was an honour to know him. His passing has touched me deeply.
    May he rest in peace.

  3. Gerry and I were on the RCAF Met Observer course at Trenton in the spring of 1953. We both graduated and went to separate military stations but never worked together in the ensuing years but crossed paths a couple of times at ASTS in Ottawa. Gerry was a true friend and colleague.

  4. Kim, Kelly & Bryan, how blessed you were to be raised by this wonderful Dad…..don’t make them much finer then Gerry….my heart goes out to you all…….

  5. Thank you Gerry for all the friendship and guidance you gave to me over the last 49 years. Rest In Peace Sir, I will never forget you.

  6. My sincere condolences on the passing of your dear father. I worked with Gerry in Cornwall and visited him a number of times in Salmon Arm. He was a terrific guy. Will miss you terribly.

  7. Gerry was a wonderful man. My heart is heavy at the news of his passing. We communicated a short while ago and, although his memory was giving him a bit of a difficult time, he sounded good.

    Brian and Kelly, please accept my sincere sympathy at losing your Dad.

    Till we meet again, my dear, dear friend…..

  8. Friendships endure the test of time and so it was for Gerry and me. More than 30 years. My sincere condolences to the family members. I feel your pain.

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