Gerard J. (Gerry) Morin

Born: Mon., Jul. 8, 1935
Died: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019


Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 12, 2019
Location: St. Denis Church


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Whitinsville – Gerard J. “Gerry” Morin, 84, of Hill Street died on Oct. 9, 2019, at his home after a long illness. .  He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Janice (Bloniasz) who passed away in 2010,
    He is survived by 4 daughters, Deborah J. Fischer of Douglas, Doreen J. Rondeau of Las Vegas, NV, Diane J. Schwab and her husband Joseph of Shrewsbury, Darlene J. Morin of Whitinsville; 7 grandchildren, Hope Bradshaw and her wife Emma, Ethan, Ashley, and Jacob Rondeau, and Daniel, Timothy, and Ryan Schwab; a brother, Raymond Morin, and several nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a grandson, Nathan Schwab; a sister, Germaine Letourneau of Saint-Philemon, Quebec; brothers, Maurice, Alfred, Adrien, John, and J. Philip. Born in Whitinsville on July 8, 1935, he was son of the late Joseph and Clarida (Bilodeau) Morin and was a lifetime resident of Whitinsville.
    Mr. Morin served 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corp. where he also attended cook and baking school.  He was in Korea for 3 months and then was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan for one year where he chose heavy equipment operator as his field of choice and learned the skill of grading on a new grader.  He worked 45 years at the Northbridge Highway Department.  He most enjoyed his time operating the grader for the Town of Northbridge.  He was meticulous and took great pride in clearing the roads of snow in the winter.  Always with a smile, his co-workers referred to him as “Happy” or “Hap”.  In addition to working for the Northbridge Highway Department, Gerry held numerous positions through the years in various town departments.  Some of the positions he held were Captain of the Ladder truck of Northbridge Fire Department, Deputy Forest Warden, and also Deputy Tree Warden for the Town of Northbridge.  In his earlier years, it was not out of the ordinary for Gerry to hear a fire call on his scanner and jump in his car with family members to “just see” and then getting out of the car to lend a helping hand, sometimes not returning to the car for an hour or more.  Gerry also took great pride in his yard and enjoyed riding his mowers and keeping his lawn at just the right length, often letting family and friends know how many trailer loads of debris he had picked up that day.
    He enjoyed time spent with family and getting updates on all of his grandchildren’s activities.  He enjoyed visits with his many friends that would stop by to chat.  He enjoyed cooking “nice” meals and letting family know the process in which he prepared the meal, always mentioning how many servings someone had; confirmation to him that the meal was tasty.In later years, Gerry could usually be found sitting in his recliner watching his favorite sitcoms and “resting his eyes”. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. He was a member of St. Denis Church in Douglas and was thankful for the friendship he formed with Father Juan Escudero over the past year.
    His Funeral Mass will be held on Sat. Oct. 12 at 11 am in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St., Douglas. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Metrowest Hospice in Marlborough, St. Denis Church in Douglas, the Northbridge Fire Department, or a charity of one’s choice. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Harry Berkowitz
   Posted Thu October 10, 2019
I knew Gerry for many years he was a truly a great citizen to the town serving the town in many ways. He is however remembered best as the grader operator. I live on Benson Road and Gerry was an important part of the rebuild of Benson Road in the mid-sixties. He placed the explosives to remove the ledge that was a problem near where my house is today. I also know that he liked watching my television show for he often called in to the show. We have missed hearing from him during his illness but know he his now in a better place. God Bless you Gerry.

Matthew Brule
   Posted Thu October 10, 2019
Our deepest sympathies. Take comfort in all the great memories and that he is no longer suffering.

Matt and Sandy

Roger & Carol Prince
   Posted Thu October 10, 2019
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Gerry and Janice. We can relish the memories of summers spent at Forget's in Douglas when we were all young. Godspeed Gerry.

Audrey McGinnis
   Posted Thu October 10, 2019
Sending love and prayers to Doreen, Ethan, Ashley, Jacob and the rest of the family! May God bless you in your time of loss!

Jackie Tellier & George Penner
   Posted Thu October 10, 2019
Darlene- we are so very sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family. May your loving memories of Dad comfort you. It will get less worse as time passes.

Dave and Alice Prince
   Posted Fri October 11, 2019
We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Gerry's and Janice's families. May your grief be tempered by the good memories you have of Gerry.

In deepest sympathy,
Alice and Dave

Pam & Vic Desruisseaux
   Posted Fri October 11, 2019
Darl we are so very sorry for your loss. You were a wonderful Daughter and always there for your Dad. May the memories comfort you during this difficult time. Know that he loved you and always will and was so very proud of you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May he rest in peace, reunited with your Mom, as they watch over all of you and shower you with blessings and love. OX

Maggie
   Posted Fri October 11, 2019
Dear Diane, Darlene, Doreen, and Debbie:
I will not be able to pay my respects in person tomorrow. Your parents were both so good to me growing up, I loved going to the Morin’s house. The life they built together was filled with such love, caring, good food, and laughter. I always felt welcome at their home. The world will feel a little less warm with Gerry gone, but I am glad that he’s free from pain and at peace, rewarded for all his goodness.
Hugs to all of you. Please know that you are in my prayers as you journey through life with your dad watching over you. Maggie (and family)

Jane LaBarre
   Posted Fri October 11, 2019
Darlene: You are in our thoughts. You were so good to your father. Remember the good times and enjoying all of that wonderful food! With deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences. Art and Jane

Jorn & Janice Velaers
   Posted Sat October 12, 2019
Dear Di, Joe and family our deepest sympathies our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love Jorn & Janice

Rosemarie dautrich
   Posted Sat October 12, 2019
Sorry for your loss


Charlie and Rose Dautrich

Dana Coyne
   Posted Wed October 16, 2019
Darlene and family I am so very sorry to hear of your fathers's passing. My deepest condolence.

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