We were all deeply saddened this weekend to learn of the passing of our good friend Gerry Stephenson.
As I am sure you are all aware, Gerry has played a huge role in the success of the Canmore Museum. As you walk around the Museum, so much of what you experience are the artifacts that belonged to Gerry and the stories that he told, as well as the history of Canmore that he was instrumental in sharing. His monthly Mine Tours would almost always sell out and were rated amongst the most popular CMAGS activities, and his fascinating tales and passionate delivery would hold participants spellbound for each tour's duration. It was obvious to visitors how proud he was of the life he had lived.
Over the past year he also played a significant role in helping to bring the underground Canmore Mine experience to life by providing much of the descriptive material for the development of the Museum's new virtual reality experience.
Most of all Gerry was a true friend to the organization, donating his time, expertise, memorabilia, and larger-than-life personality to the Board and staff, without ever looking for anything in return. It was always a good day when he would drop by the office with his North English accent and good cheer. He will be greatly missed by all of us, and our thoughts go out to his friends and family.
As a way to celebrate his life, and in gratitude for his contributions, the Museum will open its doors for free on November 11th, 2019, the day of Gerry's funeral.
Whether you knew Gerry personally or simply know him through stories, we invite you to come by and experience some of his legacy through the Museum's exhibits, and hope that you will make your own friends and family aware of the opportunity to come and learn more about this remarkable man's life.
Please also join board members and staff at the Malcolm Hotel at 3PM for Gerry's memorial. Perhaps we'll all be able to hear a few last stories.
Canmore Museum board chair