Harry Gerber

Harry Lloyd Gerber

Monday, December 11th, 1933 - Friday, January 22nd, 2021
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Harry (Bud) Gerber, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 22, 2021. Beloved husband of Anne. Dear father to Richard (Marla), Judie (Angus), and Chris (Joel). Loving grandfather of Matthew, Lauren and Jared. Survived by brothers, Richard (Dick) and Doug.
Born in Fort Erie, Ontario, Harry grew up in St. Catherines during the depression and assisted in the family garden and with his daily paper route to help make ends meet. His goal was to attend university and become a teacher, and in 1957 he graduated from Waterloo College and was offered a job in Peterborough, Ontario teaching high school history. Harry and Anne were wed in October, 1957, and would begin their married life in Peterborough, then moved to Guelph and finally settled in Richmond Hill, Ontario. It was in Richmond Hill where they would raise their 3 children, and become active members of the Richmond Hill United Church, the Rotary Club, and the York Central Hospital Volunteer Association.
As a high school teacher and principal, Harry revelled in the ideas and wonder of his students. His philosophy was to challenge, nurture and allow for the freedom necessary for young minds to develop into confident and mature adults. After a long career in education, Harry enjoyed a retirement of cottage life, travelling the world with Anne, and spending time with his grandchildren. Harry loved long leisurely dinner parties with family and friends filled with conversation, laughter and wine; happy hours on the dock; reading; fishing; Kawartha Dairy ice cream cones; and his daily ritual of completing the crossword puzzle, which he always finished! A key aspect of Harry’s life is that although he was indeed a proud and wonderful father, he was also a good friend to all who knew him, especially his children. Harry attended numerous social, sporting and cottage weekend events with his children and their friends and was always accepted as ‘one of the gang’.
He will be remembered for his pride of family, loyal and rich friendships, love of teaching, reading books, and a fondness of escaping to his very own paradise on Canning Lake
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences/memories and online tributes can be made at . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the York Region Children's Fund, and/or Sick Kids Hospital.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25th, 2021 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Thursday, March 25th, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Marshall Funeral Home
    10366 Yonge Street
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    This visitation will be by invitation only by the family.
  • Service

    Thursday, March 25th, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Thursday, March 25th, 2021 1:30pm
    Marshall Funeral Home Chapel
    10366 Yonge Street
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    This service will be by invitation only by the family. If you are interested in attending via ZOOM, please email Christine at
  • Interment

    Cremation has taken place

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Reginald Pembleton

Posted at 09:41am
On behalf of the Retired Administrators of the YRDSB . we wish to express our sincere condolences to you, the Gerber Family.

I knew Harry as a principal but first met him through my Dad at Richmond Hill United Church years ago.

May he Rest in Peace .

Reg Pembleton

Terry Evans

Posted at 09:42pm
I'm so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of 6 Leisure Lane as well. Mr Gerber always provided a caring voice of reason and gave us all good advice, whether we knew it or not, at the time. My heart goes out to you, in this difficult time. Sending you prayers, peace and hugs.
Terry Evans

Steve Shephard

Posted at 10:26am
Our deepest sympathies. Sorry for your loss.
Steve Shephard

Michelle McIntyre

Posted at 06:41pm
Dear Anne:

I read with sadness the passing of Harry. I remember him being a young teacher with my husband, Gord in Peterborough. Gord and Harry both dedicated their careers to teaching history to young minds. I lost Gord in 2017 and I know it is difficult to go on. With deepest sympathy, Michelle McIntyre

Peter Wood

Posted at 04:25pm
In the 1970's I was a countercultural, somewhat experimental young teacher at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, where Harry was principal. He was very much in tune with the emotionally open, tolerant atmosphere in schools at the time. Even though I pushed the envelope, Harry was a marvel of patience with me. Not many would have trusted as much as he did. I am glad to have known him and to have had him as a principal and a colleague.

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