Métis veteran passes

legault-smallGerard (Jerry) Albert Legault (1931- 2018) Click
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Submitted by MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette with information from the www.bclocalnews.com.I

It is with great sadness the family of Gerard (Jerry) Albert Legault announces his passing on February 10, 2018.

Click here to read a poem written for Jerry by his sister Bernice.

He was born in Penetanguishene, Ontario, yet spent most of his adult years in the Western Provinces.

Jerry was a Korean Veteran #1 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery serving 1951-1953, a Charter Member of the Korean Veteran’s Association Unit #61 and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #256. He was also a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veteran and was featured in the MNO Veterans’ Council book Fighting for Canada before there was a Canada.

His greatest joy was “meeting the boys” for coffee where he shared his wonderful sense of humour.

He originally wanted to join the Navy, but the office was closed. So he went across the road to the Army office and enlisted in the Canadian Army (Artillery) on Oct. 19, 1951.
After training at Canadian Force Base Shilo, Manitoba, Jerry attained the position of Gunner First Class.

He served in Korea from 1952 to 1953 and was awarded the Canadian Korea Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea, the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal – Korea. He was later awarded the Queen’s Coronation medal.

Jerry will be missed by his wife Marie, his children, and his many friends.
An afternoon to remember the life of Jerry Legault will be held at Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Ave. Nanaimo, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2:00 pm.

Posted: February 22, 2018.

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