Jerrold  John Linowski

(aka Jerry or “Pa” to his kids) – Naturalist, Scientist, Explorer, Teacher, Husband, Father, Athlete, Artist, Friend.

These words describe Jerry Linowski, who after 83 years of discovery on this earth, passed away peacefully during a mid-morning nap at his home in Salmon Arm, BC.

Jerry was born in Los Angeles, California to Ben and Goldie Linowski and spent most of his childhood years in a remote area of Northern California.  After graduating from Yreka High School where he played football and was a wrestler, he received a football scholarship to the University of California Berkeley.  He completed his education at Sonoma State University and became a teacher. 

While in college he met his true love, Velma, who was also a teacher.  He fell in love with her and her four young children Ronald, Julia, Pamela and Gary.  They married in 1960 and during the school year lived and taught school in Napa, California.  But, every summer as soon as school was out, Jerry loaded up Velma and the kids and headed to their second home on the Sunshine Peninsula, BC.   They summered in BC for 12 years until they decided to make Canada their home, moving to Enderby in 1975.  Jerry continued teaching science and math at Salmon Arm until he retired in 1995.

Jerry was predeceased by Velma who passed away in 2009.

He was the consummate educator, whether in a classroom or outdoors, Jerry used every moment to experience the natural world around him and passed that wonderment onto many of his students and his family.  As an amateur photographer, he combined his love of the natural world with his passion for photography, documenting his travels throughout the world. 

In 2010, Jerry met Carol Pierce who shared his enthusiasm for travel, and over the last 7 years they cruised the world, traveling and photographing many exotic locations.   

He was an avid photographer and a member of the Shuswap Photo Arts Club, where he participated in many photography shows and exhibits at the Fair and Library.

Jerry’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to everyone who enhanced Jerry’s life during this last chapter, his physician, Dr. Keith Hepburn, his neighbors, and special thanks and love to Carol.

There will be a celebration of life and photos at the Shuswap Lodge on Saturday, February 24th at 2 pm.  Donations may be made to the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Larch Hills Nordic Society, or local charity of your choice.

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