February 26, 1955 to December 30, 2017

Jerry was born Gerald Adrian Woolsey in Lacombe, AB to Hub and Verna Woolsey. He very much enjoyed growing up in small-town Alberta and always did a back-alley tour of his boyhood haunts when visiting his parents and brothers.

He showed early talent as a singer and his parents encouraged him in his love, allowing him to leave school in 1972 to join the band, Tacoy Ryde as their lead singer. The group lived and worked in Regina and Saskatoon for a few months before moving to Edmonton, their permanent base. Their first recording, a reggae project, was never released. Their second, with the band renamed JATO, was produced to appeal to the pop market. Two videos and several songs garnered airplay on radio and Much Music before the band re-formed as Tacoy Ryde.

Jerry left his band brothers in 1988 to work full-time as a recording engineer. He'd started out at Bumstead Records, then worked with Goede Creative, Sound Shadow Studios and Beta Sound Recorders for several years before freelancing with Mike Lent's 10th Street Studio, Blue Diamond Music, DanLyn Studios, Magic Music and more.

In 1993, Jerry returned to the stage, getting together with talented friends Percy Marshall, Stan Konig, Mike Yuzwenko and Lyle McLennan. They enjoyed playing together for two years as the band, Jerryatrix.

Jerry worked for over 45 years as a performing musician, session singer, engineer, producer and technician. He was a versatile vocalist in several styles, and years of playing flute, saxophone, acoustic guitar, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, timbales and drums equipped him well for recording. Known as one of the best and most patient of team players, Jerry was also a perfectionist, ensuring that every project was done to the highest quality and on time. He had extensive experience in engineering, editing, mixing and mastering for CD production, sound cutting, broadcast advertising and film.

He recorded albums with over 200 clients including Tommy Banks and PJ Perry, Long John Baldry, Cindy Church, Maria Dunn, Valdi and Gary Fjellgaard, Kenny (Blues Boss) Wayne, Dave Babcock, The Plain Janes, Duke Robillard, Jay McShann, Jack Semple, Marshall Tully, Steve Pineo, Stewart MacDougall, Doug Cox, Dan Sinasac, The McDades, Brad Bayley, Laura Vinson and Free Spirit, Kelly Alanna, Crystal Plamondon, Vernon Thomson and Suzi Ragsdale, Stony Plain Records, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and so many more. Over the years, his work garnered clients countless nominations and awards including three Junos.

Jerry also worked in film post-production sound for years with clients including the National Film Board of Canada, LucasArts Entertainment, Northstar Entertainment, Karvonen Films, People and Peaks Productions, Alliance Entertainment, Frame 30, Great North, Kicking Horse, and other companies.

Film and video productions have included Maria Dunn's GWG Piece by Piece, Strangers in the House, Long Road Home, Wildie, Mountain Men, Mountain Mustang, Ancestors Calling, Women of Willmore Wilderness, Bye Bye Blues, Due South, The Diviners, The X Files, Jake and the Kid, Kung Fu - The Legend Continues, Lonesome Dove, Gang Aftermath, Alberta, A Centennial Forest History, Medicine River, Moccasin Flats, Blue Quills Acimowin, North of 60, Ordeal in the Arctic, The Outer Limits, Pigeons and Doves, and many more.

Jerry could set-up, install and fix anything. He worked with Linsey Umrysh and Roland Paradis at Linsey's Edmonton Audio Works repairing gear and working on installations, and in more recent years, as a wireman, senior technical installer for Roland's Showtech Electronics, installing sound systems for CBC, CTV, Global Television and the Alberta Legislature. He was always willing to share his skills and mentored many young recording engineers.

Jerry was a kind and loving husband and father. He is greatly missed by wife Dawn, daughter Adrianne (Scott), grand-daughter Selina, sister-in-law Laurie Nickerson and nephew Bryce, the Livingston and Wieczorek families and the many Woolsey families who have been so warm and welcoming throughout the years. He is survived by older siblings, Trevor (Fern) and Brian Woolsey and their families.

Jerry died on December 30, 2017 at the University of Alberta Hospital after a courageous and hard-fought two-year battle with cancer.

Lake of Fire (Jato)
She's Got (Jato)
Rosalita (live/Tacoy Ryde)

MUSIC (YouTube)
Breaking Down (Jato)
Diamond Princess (Jato)
Coming Home (Jato)
Give My Love (Jato)
Standing Alone (Jato)

Now That We Found Love (Tacoy Ryde)
Could You Be Loved (Tacoy Ryde)
Far Away (Tacoy Ryde)
I Know You Rider (Tacoy Ryde)
Jamaica's On Fire (Tacoy Ryde)
Opportunity Knocks (Tacoy Ryde)
People Liberty (Tacoy Ryde)

(this list is not complete)

100 Mile House
Al Brant
Alana Lavendowski
Alana Porteous
Andrew Glover
Ann Vriend
April Verch
Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire
Audrey Ochoa Trio

Ben Sures
Betty McDaniel
Big Rock Pipe Band
Billy Joe Green
Blind Dog Blues Band
Bob Jahrig
Bobby Cameron
Brad Bayley
Braden Gates
Bruce Goebel

Cam Boyce
Carmen Lindsay
Celsious Quartet
Charlie A’Court
Charlie Jacobson
Christine Hanson
Christine Phillips
Cindy Church
Cindy McLeod
Colleen Brown
Colleen & Shari Lazoruk
Crystal Plamondon
Curtis and Bonnie Szakacs

Dan Sinasac
Darlene Auger
Dave Babcock and his Jump Orchestra
Dave Babcock and the Nightkeepers
David Brundage
David Vest
Debbie Houle
Dennis Meneely
Diane Donovan
Doug Cox
Duke Robillard

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Edmonton's Women of Song
Erica Viegas
Erin Kay
Everett LaRoi

Fernanda Cunha
Frank Phillet

Gary Fjellgard
Gary Koliger
Geneva Hamilton

Heather Hutchison

Ian Tyson

Jake Matthews
James Clark
James Keelaghan
Jay McShann
Jay McShann with Duke Robillard and Maria Muldaur
Jerry Brown
Jerusalem Ridge & Leroy Mack
Jim Hepler
Joe Nolan
Judy Sproule/Only Believe

Kelly Alanna
Kennedy Jenson
Kanny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Kent Sangster
Keristy Vaughan
Kev Corbett
Kim Lesaca
Kim Ryan
Krysta Scoggins

Lindsey Walker
Laura Vinson & Dave Martineau
Laura Vinson & Free Spirit
Leigh Friesen

Long John Baldry
Luann Kowalek

Magic Music
Maple Creek Bluegrass
Maple Creek and Emory Lester
Maria Dunn
Marilyn Rose
Mark Koenig
Mark Perry
Marshall Tully
Marv Machura
Maura Shaftoe
Mike Gouchie
Mike Lent
Mikolaj Warszynski
Modern Minds

Neil Maciver

Open Prairie

Pats & Jan
Patricia Hoy
Paula Perro and the Project
Phyllis Sinclair
Preston Hawes

Raghav Vamaraju
Randy Gilmour
Ranger Creek Wranglers
Rebecca Lappa
Red Moon Road
Restless Lester
Rita McDade & the Fusion Blues Band
Robert Brinton
Rock & Flower
Ron Rault
Rusty Tractor

Sam Hell
Samantha Schultz
Sandro Dominelli
Saturday Night Blues
Shannon Johnson
Shantelle Chaytor
Sheri Somerville
Sillan & Young
Steve Fisher
Steve Pineo
Stew Kirkwood
Stewart MacDougall
Stony Plain Records
Suzi ragsdale

Terry McDade
Terry Morrison
The Blazers
The Blush Girls
The Co-Dependents
The McDades
The Plain Janes
The Rockin' Highliners
The Splendour Bog
Tim Isberg
Tom Wilson
Tommy Banks
Tommy Banks and PJ Perry

Vernon Thomson
Vicom Multimedia
Vivek Shraya

Wendy McNeill
Women of Song:
(Rita McDade, Dale Ladouceur, Lynn Chwyl, Sophie Hunter, Angela Mackenzie)
Word of Life
Wye School Choir

Yuk Sung

Zuzana Simudova
Jerry Woolsey's Memorial was held on Saturday, September 15, 2018
2:30 pm Westmount Community Hall at 10970 - 127 Street Edmonton

Prelude music by Christine Hanson with Lionel Rault
Hosts: Dan & Connie Sinasac
Speakers: Dennis Meneely, Brian Woolsey, Dave Martineau & Laura Vinson, Laurie Nickerson
Music: Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson & Jeremiah McDade

The memorial was followed by a jam hosted by Dennis Meneely at
Cosmos Greek Kitchen & Passport Lounge at 10810 - 124 Street