Gerald "Sydney" Headon
Gerald Francis Sydney Headon passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the age of 84 years and 8 months. He was predeceased by his parents Herbert Sydney (1979) and Margaret Ann Headon (1978), as well as his brother Herbert (1974) and Sister Teresa Immaculee MMM (2010). Also predeceased by his In-laws Lewis John Hart (1995) and Muriel Hart (2006)
Sydney, as he was known to those who were close to him, was born on October 3rd, 1933 in Staffordshire, England. Where as a boy he had to stand in bread lines during WW II and as a youth developed a love for Football. His love for football would take him to play on and Captain many championship teams.
Sydney took on the career path of a pipefitter which lead him to serve aboard the M.V Port Jackson and the SS Nova Scotia which sailed from Liverpool, St John’s, Halifax and Boston. It was aboard the SS Nova Scotia that he met the love of his life, Victoria Sara Ruth (nee. Hart) of St. John’s. They married September 20, 1958 in Darlington, England.
Upon moving to St. John’s, Sydney took up employment with Hughley’s and worked on many buildings and homes in St. John’s, after many years of working in his chosen field, Syd took on the role as an instructor at the Burin Vocational School, moving his family to St. Lawrence and later to Marystown. In 1977 Sydney accepted the role as a trainer with Syncrude Canada Ltd. and relocated his family to Fort McMurray, AB. He retired as Extraction Contract Coordinator in October 1999. In 2007 Sydney and Victoria relocated backed to St. John’s where he enjoyed learning and sharing the history of Newfoundland.
Sydney was active in various community events where ever he lived at the time and was a coach and mentor to many a sports team. He enjoyed gardening with Victoria and building birdhouses and carving for his Children.
Syd will be remembered as Hon, Dad, Granddad, GG and Uncle by his loving wife of almost 60 years Victoria, his six Children and their Spouse’s, Michelle (Brett) Bragg Creek, AB., Simone (Robert) Blackfalds, AB., Dion (Dexter) Fort McMurray, AB., Wade (Bev) Edmonton, AB., Peter (Rebecca) Cave Creek, AZ., and Clifford (Karna) Grand Prairie, AB. 13 Grandchildren, Erick (Sinead), Micheal, Brittany (Josh), Evan (Robynn), Blake, Taylor, Courtney, Brent, Sophie, Jackson, Ryan, Nate and Grayson, and 6 Great-Grand Children, Dylan, Adalynn, Harper, Oliver, Sydney and William. As well as special Nieces and Nephews and Friends who became Family whom He loved dearly and was grateful for their presents in his life.
The singing of a song or the whistling of a tune and his hardy laugh will be missing from the rooms that he once occupied, and yet the legacy of the love he had for his God, his Wife and his Children and Grand and Great Grand Children is what will ever be with us.
There will be no service as was his request, so take that time and spend it with someone you love. A Family Celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
If you so desire you may make a donation to a charity of your choice. To view the online guestbook or leave a message of condolence please visit www.barretts.ca