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Albert John Geeraert

 
 
 

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Albert Geeraert at the age of 69, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.

He leaves to mourn, his loving wife, Juliette; daughters: Krista Egan, Kari Geeraert; stepchildren: Shannon Davies, Neal (Lesley) Davies; and five step grandchildren: Zachary, Brooke, Ava, Emily, and Jackson.

Dr. Geeraert is survived by his sisters and brothers: Johanna Geeraert, Elaine Seymour (Raymond), Doreen Roy, Grace (Bruce) Ferguson, Gordon (Debbie) Geeraert, Allen Geeraert, Lenard Geeraert, Mary (Brian) Younie, and Marjanne Geeraert; and his best and closest friend, Dave (Maritta) Robinson. He also leaves to mourn many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Geeraert was predeceased by his father, Henry Geeraert; mother, Margaret Geeraert; sisters: Cheryl Geeraert, and Susan Robinson; sister-in-law, Linda Geeraert; brothers-in-law: Clem Roy and Peter Wynnychuck.

Dr. Geeraert grew up on a farm in Vermillion, Alberta and graduated from high school in 1964 and was class Valedictorian. Not knowing exactly what career he wanted to pursue at that time he joined the Officers University Training Program for two years. He then left the navy to pursue a career in medicine. He began his career at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Medicine. In 1968 he achieved his Bachelor of Science and in 1971 his M.D. He achieved the gold medal for highest honors. He then did a rotating internship at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton 1971-1972. He then moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta and worked at the Queen Mary II Hospital. A year later he returned to the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton and worked as a Casualty Officer in Emergency Medicine. In 1974 he began a residency in Cardiovascular & Thoracic surgery. In 1980 he received his diploma from the American College of Surgery and a fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada. In 1980 he left Edmonton and went to McMasters University in Hamilton, Ontario to further his studies in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. He achieved his fellowship in 1982. He returned to Edmonton and began his private practice in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery until his retirement in 2007.

Dr. Geeraert was a kind, gentle and humble soul with a gifted mind. He had a deep faith in God and thanked him daily for his gift. His dedication to his patients can only be matched by his dedication to family and friends. He loved his busy years as a surgeon. His other passion was the great outdoors. Whether he was flying an airplane or jumping out of one, hunting, fishing, running marathons, skiing, canoeing, scuba diving in the tropics or the Arctic Ocean, he did it with a Joie de Vivre. He had many interesting stories to tell about his adventures. He and his wife enjoyed many beautiful trips worldwide. He also went on many adventures with his two daughters Krista and Kari whom he loved deeply. Dr. Geeraert can be remembered as a wonderful man and a gifted surgeon.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 5, 2015 at St. Albert Catholic Parish, 7 St. Vital Avenue, St. Albert, Alberta. Cremation has taken place.

Special thank you to Dr. Field and all the staff at the Eaux Claire Extendicare for the years of care they gave my Albert, he was in good hands.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dr. Geeraerts’ name to the Alzheimer Society of Alberta & NWT, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 4K1.

In Loving Memory of
Albert John Geeraert
 
 
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Funeral Service:
Funeral Mass
Thursday, November 5, 2015
10:00 AM
St. Albert Catholic Church
7 St. Vital Avenue
St. Albert, AB
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Interment:
Cremation has taken place
 
 
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