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Jerry Richard William Lonsbury

October 25, 1940 ~ August 18, 2020 (age 79)



 It is with immense heartache that we announce the sudden passing of Jerry Richard William Lonsbury of Blairmore, Alberta who succumbed to an aggressive illness on August 18, 2020 while receiving care at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre.  Jerry was blessed with 79 years of an amazing life.

   Born on October 25, 1940 in Coleman, Alberta to parents William and Charlotte Lonsbury, Jerry was raised with an appreciation for family, faith, community, music and the merits of an education.  He obtained his teaching degree and gained employment as an elementary teacher and eventually Principal of Horace Allan School.  His compassionate and nurturing nature not only furthered him in his career but won the heart and unconditional love of a beautiful and graceful young lady, Sheila May Clarke, who accepted his hand in holy matrimony on August 26, 1961.  They were further blessed with a family whom he cherished and filled his heart with joy. 

   Jerry had many talents and interests with music being foremost.  He was a talented musician who volunteered countless hours to the Crowsnest Music Festival, the Alberta Music Festival, the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals, and accepted the position of Conductor for the CNP Symphony Orchestra as well as played the organ in several churches including the Grace-Anglican United Church for 65 years.  His passion and leadership in the musical community mentored many budding musicians and his kindness allowed them to grow in their love of music.

   Jerry was dedicated to our community.  He was a long-time member of the Lions’ Club, Chairman of the 1984 Winter Games, and Town Councillor for the Crowsnest Pass.  He also enjoyed traveling, reading, camping, gardening and those precious moments spent with his family. 

   We regret not having more time to share with such a wonderful man but our consolation lies in knowing that he is at peace where there is no sadness and tears but an eternal joy in the arms of our Lord and Saviour.  He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

   Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life include his beloved wife, Sheila Lonsbury; his son, Scott (Karen); his grandchildren, Kirsten (Brent), Ian (Sheridin) and Shaun (Kayla); his brothers, Neil (Myra) and Glenn (Brenda); his son-in-law, Doug; his brother-in-law, Don; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was predeceased by his parents, William and Charlotte Lonsbury; his daughter, Valarie; his sister, Maureen; and in-laws, Clarence, Edith and Douglas Clarke.

   A private family memorial service will be held with dear friend, Rev. Nicky Keyworth officiating.  A public Celebration honouring Jerry’s life will be announced at a later date.  Donations in memory may be directed towards the Grace Anglican United Church, the CNP Symphony Orchestra and the CNP Music Festival.  Condolences may be registered at

Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the family. (403) 562-8555.

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Memorial Service
September 19, 2020

11:00 AM
Fantin's Funeral Chapel
13461-20th Avenue P.O. Box 268
Blairmore, Alberta T0K 0E0

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