It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr. Gerard (Gerry) Mallon, age 84, of Malignant Cove, Nova Scotia. Gerry was born on December 19, 1936 in Greenock, Scotland. The second youngest of five, he is predeceased by his older brothers Frank (Australia), Maurus (Ontario) and his sister Angela (Greenock). His younger brother Peter lives in Uddingston, Scotland.
His parents were determined that their children would all have a good education. Gerry excelled at school and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow, graduating in Psychiatry. He emigrated to Canada in 1967 and shortly afterwards met his beloved wife, Celia. They married in 1970 and, after living in Owen Sound for five years, settled with their two children (Claire (McIntyre) and David) in Antigonish, NS in 1977. Gerry was a psychiatrist in Antigonish, NS for over 30 years, retiring in 2009. He loved his work and it was a great source of pride for him.
Gerry’s family shared a deep passion for music, and for all of his life he was a great lover of Opera. His music collection and knowledge of opera was extensive. Known from an early age for his wit and imagination, Gerry loved putting together dramatic plays and movies with his children and friends. He had a lifelong love of film and enjoyed 4-wheeling with his son..
Since his retirement, Gerry enjoyed travelling with his wife, visiting family in Scotland, Australia and Ontario where he loved to go to help celebrate birthdays of his grandchildren and visiting lifelong friends. He and Celia also loved spending time at The Cove walking with their dog on the beach or at Arisaig Park. Gerry was kind, had a great sense of humor and loved animals.
Gerry will be greatly missed by his wife Celia, children Claire (Darren) McIntyre and David, grand children Ewan and Sarah, in addition to his many friends and family. None of them will ever be able to listen to a high C or to Puccini’s Nessum Dorma, without thinking of him.
As per Gerry’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. Thank you to everyone who helped to care for Gerry, including Dr. J. Chaisson and more recently the staff at Green Meadows Nursing Home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Music Therapy in Long Term Care Program or the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia. Online condolences www.MacIsaacs.ca.