It is with great sadness the Wildeman family announces the unexpected passing of Jerome- husband, father, papa, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew and friend- on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the age of 74.
Jerome had a passion for farming and community. He moved with his family to the farm at Clive in 1963 and married Bonnie in 1978; they remained on farm for 40 years while raising their three children. Over the years, he was infamous for his ‘exotic’ farming adventures. Everything from pig races to buffalo round-ups! He also enjoyed hosting exchange trainees through the IAEA program. He was grateful for the many long-lasting friendships that remain from those years. Jerome was also active in the community volunteering countless hours to various community organizations over the years (Knights of Columbus,Lions Club, Ag Society, 4-H, Curling, Rural Crime Watch, Volunteer Fire Department, Clive and Westling Hall Board, World Foodgrains Project and hockey and baseball coaching). He loved long road trips, visiting new places, eating different things and making wonderful new friends along the way. The fishing trips where he got to spend time with the ‘guys’ were also special to him. Jerome especially cherished his three grandchildren. Spending time with them and being ‘Papa’ brought him so much joy.
Jerome is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Bonnie; children, Russell (Tracy) of Clive, Rhonda of Whitehorse, and Robyn (Steve) of New Zealand; grandchildren, Magdalena, Wesley and Amelia; siblings, Loretta (Victor), Rosina (Harvey), Fred (Pat), Bob (Kathy), Charlie (Donna-Lee) and Armella (Brad); brother-in-law, Reinder (Lydia); and many dear nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Predeceased by sister Lydia Stad (2016); parents, Bernard (1975) and Lena (1999); and step-father Fred (1999).
He will be remembered as being a loving husband, wonderful father and a good friend to all. He was honest, sincere and quiet-spoken (unless he was working with cows or broken-down machinery!). Jerome’s deeply rooted faith was a constant companion in his life.
A Come-and-Go Gathering of family and friends will be held at the Wildeman farm outside of Clive on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 1-5 PM. Google pin of the farm location - http://goo.gl/maps/W8w1cwAoEdBG6d4w7 Please bring a lawn chair. For the safety of all, AHS guidelines will be adhered to.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to Lacombe Health Trust, PO Box 5663 Lacombe T4L 1X3. http://lacombehealthtrust.com.or Central Alberta Foodgrains Project, c/o Chris Dyck, Site 13 Comp 21, RR1, Lacombe, AB T4L 2N1.
A Funeral Mass for Jerome will be held at a later date.
The family wishes to give special thanks to all the staff at the Lacombe Hospital.
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