Gerald Ray Griner, long time resident of Mission, passed away July 4th, 2005 at the Grand Street Lodge. He was born August 11, 1920 in Midnight Lake, Saskatchewan. In 1939, he along with his family, moved to British Columbia and settled on Cherry Street in Mission. In 1942 he was drafted into the Canadian Army and was discharged four years later and returned to Mission. He worked many years in the sawmills around the Mission area and at the age of 64, he took early retirement. This gave him time to get into his favorite hobby of leather craft, where he built a few saddles and did lots of leather repairs. During his retirement years, he also enjoyed gardening and growing roses. “Gerry”, as he was best known by, also had a great knowledge and love for horses. He is best known for his many years of involvement in the Mission Horse Club.
He is predeceased by his brothers, Albert, John, and Roy, his sisters Agnes and Hazel and his mother and father. He is survived by his niece, Mavis Fast and her family and four nephews, Alan, Richard, and Stand Cail and their families and Glen Griner.
At his request, a graveside service will be at Hatzic Cemetery in Mission, Thursday, July 7th at 11 a.m. “So long Cowboy, happy trails to you, till we meet again”.