Sherry Gettis, a veteran of Canada’s pipeline industry, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on August 28. She is survived by her husband, Gerry Flatekval and three children, her mother, three sisters, two brothers, five grandsons, and a long list of friends, including many in the pipeline industry. There will be a celebration of life on Thursday Sept 1 at 2:00PM in the Kingsway Legion, 14339 – 50th Street NW in Edmonton, Alberta.
Gettis was a pipeliner, starting her career at Banister Pipelines while still in her teens. She was involved in the start-up and was the first staff employee to join OJ Pipelines, and then later was part of the team at Spie Construction.
She then took a break from pipelining to follow her dream to become a chef. In order to add the necessary hours in a short time, she worked at a mining camp in Canada’s Arctic at Echo Bay Mines, one of the first gold mines developed in permafrost. Gets also worked for the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta.
In 2004, she returned to the industry at the pipeline division of Finning Canada. In 2005. Gettis joined Mel Ternan and the small group from Fabick, Ring Power, and Mustang, forming the nucleus of the new Caterpillar dealership, PipeLine Machinery (PLM). She held the position of Global Marketing and Communications Manager, and retired from PLM in 2012.