Neil "Bert" Perry

16/11/1956 - 13/06/2022


Obituary For Neil "Bert" Perry

November 16, 1956 – June 13, 2022

On June 12, 2022, our beloved father, grandfather, husband, son, brother, and friend, Neil "Bert" Perry, passed away suddenly at the age 65.

In 1956, born to Delcie and Alan Perry, Bert was a native to Grande Prairie. From his early years he lived and worked in the peace country where he met life-long friends Norb Jans and Greg Wadsworth and their families. Then came Shawna, the love of his life, married in 1982; she settled his wild streak (somewhat). Bert worked at P&G/Weyerhaeuser for 19 years till 1996, when he finally had enough of being told what to do, he became his own boss. He then started working full time for his and Shawna’s company: Bert’s Bobcat Services.

Bert was a character! He loved a challenge, operating equipment, John Deere Tractors, auction sales and deals he couldn't resist. He was an outdoors enthusiast from an early age, with the love of hunting, fishing, and camping, that he learned from his family, and he instilled in his own children. He was well known on coffee row; every day you could hear what he was up to, his opinion (asked or not) and how proud he was his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He will be always remembered and loved by his children: Ryan (Kelly), Jennifer (Jesse), and Janelle (Clayton); Grandchildren: Brooke, Hudson, Taylor, Gabi, Gwen, and John; wife of 39 years Shawna; Mother: Delcie; brothers: Bruce (June), James (Shonah); Sisters: Valerie and Cathy; numerous nieces and nephews.

Neil was predeceased by his father Alan Perry, In-laws Walter and Ivy Person.

A celebration of life will be held on August 19, 2022 at 1 pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

For a last tribute to Bert; friends, family and coffee row buddies, join and share some stories of Bert: a life lived on his terms - coffees on him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadian Diabetic Association, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada or a charity of your choice in Neil’s name.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 832 7743


19 Aug

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM

Bear Creek Funeral Home 11802 99 Ave Grande Prairie, AB T8W 0C7 Get Directions »
by Obituary Assistant

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  • 07/02/2022

    Shawna and family. Neil was definitely "a one of a kind" and we are very thankful that we were able to be there for some of his life journeys. He left us all with a lot of great memories that still makes us smile when we think of him. June & Bruce

  • 06/29/2022

    James and I are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please take care.

  • 06/28/2022

    Shawna, Ryan, Jennifer and Janelle...I am so sorry to hear about Neil. He was the best neighbor and friend anyone could ask for. I remember him often with a big smile as he was always up to something. Condolences to you all.

  • 06/27/2022

    Deepest condolences to the family Gona miss you Bert. We did have some good times back in the day

  • 06/27/2022

    Shawna and family, We are very sorry to hear the news of the tragic passing of your - Bert. Know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers as you maneuver thru this difficult time. Ron and Paddy(nee Wallace) Ehrhardt

  • 06/27/2022

    Shawna and family So sorry to hear about Neil. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May the memories you have of the special times you shared together some of which were reflected in the video help you through this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all Tom & Teri (nee Wallace) Spohr and family

  • 06/27/2022

    Saddened to hear of this unexpected loss. My heart goes out to Shawna and the family. Some of my most cherished childhood memories were made during those Albertan summers with my Uncle Neil and Aunt Shawna. I loved being my uncle's little "buddy" for the summer as a kid. One of my favourite memories with my Uncle Neil was going out on the ATVs with my dad and Uncle James. Riding with my Uncle Neil, we both got excited over my dad and Uncle James riding carefully through a giant mud hole. Back and forth we drove, splashing them as best we could. A few good splashes later, and we got stuck in the middle of the hole... safe to say, we returned to the truck far muddier than my dad and Uncle James. It's a memory that still makes me smile, and it's one I'll never forget.

  • 06/26/2022

    My deepest condolences to Shawna and the family. I met Neil and his family through my inlaws Norbert and Sharon Jans. He always made me laugh and they were always welcoming when we would all get together for BBQ etc at their home at family events such as weddings. He will forever be missed by us all. Rest in peace friend.

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  • 06/26/2022

    Sorry for your loss. Have lots of memories of Bert. Whether it was a curling game, working down at the mill with him, or having Bert's Bobcat hired. Never a dull moment.

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