A true oil and gas pioneer who will be missed

Leonard Gerald York (Gerry) was born in Dawson Creek in 1945 and passed away surrounded by the love of his family on September 21, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

He grew up in Baytree, Alberta with his parents Leonard and Vicki York; he was the eldest of three children with younger siblings Dennis and Debby.

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Gerry’s legacy started when he quit school at the age of 15, leaving home to work on the oil rigs for Commonwealth Drilling. He started as a floor hand and worked his way up to a driller, toolpush, and eventually a site supervisor.

In 1976 after leaving the rigs, he went on to contract operating oil and gas production as Gerry’s Well Service for various junior company’s including; General American Oils, Norcen Energy Resources and others. During this time he also incorporated tank trucks into his business.

His business grew in leaps and bounds, from 1980 to 2001 he went from one employee up to 100 plus and sub-contractors. The day to day operations went from supply services to drilling wells, completing the wells, to building the facilities. 

From 2001 to 2010 Gerry’s Well Service started to peak in its size and dynamics establishing a presence in Dawson Creek. 

“He was a true patriarch of the industry, in the business for over 50 years.” says son Curtis York.

Gerry was known and well respected by various CEOs of several oil company’s, he was a very humble man willing to help anyone who had a keen interest in the industry. He always promoted oil, gas, and agriculture in the Peace region and supported the community in many ways through sponsorship. 

If he could not to the job or provide a service he always recommend local people in the area that could. He worked day and night to satisfy a costumer.  

He was proud to be from the peace country, and he left a big impression on the people who worked for him.

Both his sons worked along side him until they were old enough to run their own company’s. Curtis York from Curtis York Trucking Ltd. and Darren York with Oilfield Construction Services. 

“He never told mom Sonnia (wife of Gerry and business partner) when he was going to buy more equipment or take on more contracts, he just did it the asked for forgiveness,” Curtis York tells fondly.

For anyone wishing to make donations in memory of Gerry York please donate to Step Up N Ride Society and Rotary Manor Residents Council Fund. 

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