Gerald Droppo passed away at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on Mon., March 23 in his 90th year.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Judith Droppo. He was the loving and devoted father to Nora Scrutton (Stephen) and Ian Droppo, and the cherished grandfather to Tim and Emily Droppo. Gerald was the loved brother of his twin sister, Geraldine Guy (the late Ralph) of Prescott, and Calvin “Bill” Droppo of Cornwall. He was predeceased by his parents, Andrew and Olive Droppo (Merkley), and his siblings, Garnet (the late Margaret), Evelyn Blackwell (the late Brock), Raymond (the late Lila), and Dwight (Louise). He was the special uncle to his many nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his many family and friends.
Born on a farm in Winchester Township on April 30, 1925, Gerald graduated from Ottawa Normal School (Teachers’ College) in 1946. He obtained his B.A. from McMaster University (1956), and his B.Ed. (1959), and M.Ed. (1961) from the University of Toronto. He first taught for three years at S.S. No. 15 Winchester in the Melvin Settlement, and then from 1949-1951 he was teacher/vice-principal of Winchester Public School. Gerald came to Oakville in 1951, where he became a member of St. John’s United Church. He was a teacher at Central Public School from 1951-1958. Between 1958 until his retirement in 1981, he served as principal at three schools in Oakville.
Visitation was held on Fri., March 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at Ward Funeral Home, 109 Reynolds St. in Oakville. To celebrate Gerald’s life, a funeral service was held on Sat., March 28 at 11 am at St. John’s United Church, 262 Randall St. in Oakville. Burial was held at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville on Mon., March 30 at 1 pm.
Memorial donations to St. John’s United Church, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or the charity of your choice would be most appreciated.