Born November 1, 1931 in Halifax Nova Scotia.
Parents: William Shirley and Gertrude (Connor).
Siblings: William (Bill), Jack, Stella, Dorothy.
He worked at the Moir’s chocolate factory in Halifax where he met his wife Joan (Drew). They lived in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia.
They had 7 children: Marian Elaine (Wayne Walker-children Christopher,Micheal), Paul Anthony (Bernadette Hughes-children- Evan, Rebecca), William Donald (Carol Duggan-children Robert, Luke,Melissa), Carol Jean (unmarried-Melissa), Joanne Marie (Robert Johnston-step daughters Carrie Lamont, Heather Barrett), Laura Margaret (Darrin Dunn(divorced from Jim Fowler-children Melanie, Logan), Diane Marie (Greg Kehoe (divorced) Drew).
Gerald moved to Falmouth, Nova Scotia 1975 to work at the Avon Valley Greenhouses.
After a short stay in hospital Gerald died Feb 22, 2007 of pancreatic cancer and heart related medical issues. In lieu of a burial site, a commemorative plaque was laid at the boardwalk commemorating the wreck of the S.S. Atlantic in Terence Bay Nova Scotia. This shipwreck dated 1 April 1873, resulted in the greatest loss of life in a single North Atlantic tragedy between 1707 and 1912. His ashes were lovingly deposited in the Atlantic Ocean near there; which is also near our favorite swimming spot Sandy Cove, Terence Bay NS.