Dr. GR Farnsworth January 24, 1928 – October 6, 2018
The family of Gerald Ross Farnsworth is deeply saddened by his passing on October 6, 2018 at the age of 90. He was surrounded by the family that was so important to him.
Gerry was born January 24, 1928 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan the youngest of four children.
He is pre-deceased by his wife Penny, his eldest daughter Karen, and son-in-law Wayne…along with his brother Earl.
The loss of this kind and generous man will be deeply felt by his family; Sons Cameron (Marie), Tim (Debra), Todd (Janet), and his daughter Tana.
His grandchildren; Colin (Crystal), Becky (Kirby), Matthew (Cassie), Taylor (Alexis), Adam, Braydon, Hunter, Mikaela, Easton, and great grandchildren Kaiden, Hannah, and Emmett.
He also left behind a doting sister, Marjorie, and a best friend in his brother Roy, along with many nieces and nephews, each of whom had their own special relationship with Gerry.
Following Penny’s death, Gerry met and enjoyed life with new companion, Neta…..which brought a new family to bond with, especially Kaye.
After graduating from Chiropractic college in Toronto and Naturopathic college in Chicago, Gerry moved to Kamloops in 1950 to begin practice. It is where he brought his new wife Penny, and started their family. He provided a wonderful home and life to his five children, while at the same time dedicating his life to the development of this now well known field of naturopathic medicine, going so far as to mortgage the family home at a critical time to support a key fledgling college during the 1950’s. Gerry is recognized by Universities and Colleges in both Canada and the United States as a founding father of the profession. He maintained his practice in Kamloops for 61 years, having thousands of patients in his care over those years. His son Todd continues that legacy.
Flying, a passion that became a close second to his interest in his profession, was a key, fun part of his life that took him all over North America throughout the early sixties until his final pilot-in-command flight in 2005. Flying and doctoring were his true passions that gave him much satisfaction in life.
Gerry had many other interests that included fishing, hunting and the outdoors, his mule Chrissy, many “grand dogs”, traveling in his RV (he loved to find new roads, and then revisit them)…which he blended well with his dedication to his family and friends. And he had many, many friends, as well…far and wide. In his last 10 years or so, he slowed down a little…to putter around his home, check on his children, spend his evenings with Neta, continue his travels, and enjoy retirement. His commitment to service and helping his fellow man through his 60 years as a Royal Arch Mason in Kamloops Shrine added to a life well lived…that is an example for all that have known him. He is missed by many.
Rest In Peace, Dad.
A Celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 pm, on Saturday November 3, 2018 in the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre, 1250 Rogers Way.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of
Dr. Gerald Farnsworth to the National University of Natural Medicine.