Gerard Joseph MorneauJuly 16, 1916 ~ May 18, 2017 (age 100)
Gerard “Jerry” Joseph Morneau, 100, of Brunswick, Maine died peacefully on May 18, 2017 at Avita of Stroudwater in Westbrook. Jerry was born on July 16, 1916 in Ste-Rose-du-Degelis, Temiscoouata, Province of Quebec, Canada. He was a loving, caring husband to his wife Aline Violet Morneau, and his children, Robert Morneau of Portland and his wife Deborah, Lynda Brown of Bradenton, Florida and her husband Dean, and Dianne Rosenberg of Memphis, Tennessee. He is survived by grandchildren, Zachary Morneau, Michael Golding, and Emily Rosenberg; and two great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Jerry’s family migrated to Fall River, Massachusetts when he was seven years old where he attended local schools. Like many he heeded the call and joined the army during World War II, where he attained the rank of First Sergeant attached to the Allied Forces Command. He attended basic training in Portland at Ft. McKinley before being shipped out to Iceland, and later to France and Germany. He was an English/French translator for the Allied Forces Command. Following the war, he returned to Fall River, Massachusetts, where he married Therese Ouellette. Following her death, he married Aline Ranger and moved to Brunswick where he became General Manager of Standard Romper, later known as Health-Tex.
Jerry’s two passions were woodworking and golf. He built his own home in Brunswick, as well as numerous furniture pieces for his family and charity. One of his proudest moments was when he aced the 119-yard, fifth hole with a 7-iron at the Brunswick Golf Club where he was a longtime member until the age of 93.
Jerry was a devout Catholic, who served on the Board of St. John’s Catholic School, and participated with his wife in many of the church’s activities. He also built and installed bookcases and bulletin holders at St. John’s. Jerry’s devotion to his religion helped him cope with the loss of his wife Aline in 2014. They were happily married for 60 years.
Jerry received a Certificate of Lifetime Achievement from the Maine Health Care Association on April 5, 2016 in recognition of his personal and professional accomplishments in the 2016 Remember ME Program.
Jerry’s final days at Avita of Stroudwater were spent in the warm sunshine where he was surrounded by the caring and confident nursing and support staff, as well as his family. The family will never forget the quality of care afforded him, as well as the care and attention from Compassus Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 2, 2017 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick. All who knew and cared for Jerry are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest a donation to All Saints Parish, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011.
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