It is with profound sadness that our family announces the sudden passing of our family patriarch, Gerald (Gerry) William Buchanan, age 78. He passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of October 12, 2021, at his home on beautiful Manitou Lake in River Valley, Ontario. Gerry was born in Thessalon, Ontario on March 15, 1943. His career at INCO spanned over 30 years until his retirement as a Safety Foreman at Copper Cliff South Mine in 1994. Gerry had a genuine passion for the outdoors and loved wildlife. He was truly a one-of-a-kind character as anyone who knew him can attest to. Gerry had a gruff exterior but the heart of a teddy bear. His razor-sharp wit and amazing sense of humour was always appreciated. People loved to listen to his storytelling and were never disappointed. Gerry never lost that sense of humour, even through difficult times with his health. He cherished each and every one of his Manitou Lake friends and neighbours who all held a special place in his heart. He loved his grandsons Taylor and Logan very deeply. Gerry never missed an opportunity to catch up with them on their education and career paths. He was an extremely proud Papa. Gerry is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 58 years, Ruth Ann and his children Paula Jewell (Mark) and Shane, his grandchildren Taylor and Logan, and his faithful feline companion Magnum (Mag). In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation has taken place. Donations made directly to the Heart and Stroke foundation, or the West Nipissing Food Bank in Gerry’s memory are welcomed in lieu of flowers.