Vanneste web photoSuddenly and surrounded by his loving family, Gerard Joseph Vanneste passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Bluewater Health at the age of 74. Beloved husband of Martina “Marion” Vanneste for 50 years. Loving father of Robert (Sheri) and Diane (Craig) Ewing. Cherished grandfather of Spencer, Tanner, Maverick and Mackenzie Vanneste, and Taylor Ewing. Treasured great grandfather of Noah. Dear brother of Frank (Lea) Vanneste, Cesar (Ellen) Vanneste, Eric (Janice) Vanneste, Roland (Sandra) Vanneste, Frieda (Jerry) Spruytte, Roza (Jim) Chambers and Jeannine Vanneste, and brother-in-law of Richard (Sheila) Van Der Ster. Fondly remembered by his mother-in-law Gina Van Der Ster. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Joseph and Demetria Vanneste, brothers Abel and Willy Vanneste and brother-in-law Ron Van Der Ster. Gerard was a lover of people, horses and dogs.  He was a driver for Automax and also a volunteer driver for Children’s Aid. He will be deeply missed. A special thank you to Sumac Lodge for the excellent care Gerard received during his stay. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at Smith Funeral Home. Interment to follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Parkinson Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation or VON (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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