1925 – 2014
Jerome Backmeyer, resident of Grande Prairie, passed away in Grande Prairie on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the age of 88 years.
Jerome was born in Strasbourg, SK, on October 23, 1925. He was raised in rural Saskatchewan, the land and outdoors becoming steeped in his blood. Jerome LOVED to grow things. He derived great pleasure from sowing and reaping in his garden. He was a man of strong convictions and great pride; pride in his work, his beliefs and pride in his family. He took great delight in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jerome was working for the Weather Office and stationed in Snag, Yukon, the winter of 1947. One of his most often told stories was of the day the record was set for the coldest day in Canada ever, in Snag at -62.8? on February 3, 1947. He told of how your breath would freeze almost before it got out of your mouth, and he was there to experience that.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 62 years Tee Backmeyer, sisters: Leona (Art) Gladish and Rita (Art) Gowans; his children: Joe, Rod, Don and Greg, their families and his many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Alex.
Prayers will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:00pm at Oliver’s Funeral Chapel in Grande Prairie (10005 107 Ave.).
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404 102 St.).
Memorial donations may be made to The Call of The Poor (P.O. Box 117 St.
Norbert, MB R3V 1L5).
Condolences may be sent by visiting www.oliversfuneralchapel.com