Gaston “Gerry Duchesneau

 

Gerry Duchesneau of Morrisburg,  passed away peacefully at the Woodland Villa in Long Sault, at the age of 91. 

Gaston, better known as Gerry was born July 2, 1924, in Hull, Quebec,. He spent most of his young life in the Montebello area. 

Gerry was the oldest son of eight siblings. He was the brother to Rejeanne Dube of Orleans, Darquise Gallinger of Ottawa, Lucette Robitaille of Ottawa, Raymond of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Nick of Toronto. 

He is predeceased by his sister Nicole and his brothers Jacques and Guy Duchesneau, also his son Glen Duchesneau and daughter in law Joanne Duchesneau.

Gerry made a choice when he was a teenager to go to War and serve his country.  He had several injuries during his time in combat and returned to Canada in 1945. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. 

Once back in Canada, he lived in Ottawa and had various employments. 

He delivered ice in Northern Quebec, sold Hoover Vacuums, drove for Don-Lanoue Transfer and drove the Voyageur bus.

He found his niche in sales. He worked selling major appliances for Eatons in downtown Ottawa. He was with Eatons for many years and ended his career with Sears, retiring in 1989. 

Gerry was a man with an excellent work ethic.  He always looked his best and put his best foot forward. He was a “Jack of all trades and master of none” believing in fixing things rather than throwing them away. 

Upon returning from War,  Gerry met Molly, the love of his life. They were inseparable. They made a wonderful life together which included stepchildren and their own two children.

Molly and Gerry could always be found later in life at the Legion, on the golf course or at their home on the St. Lawrence River. They had many friends and their door was always open and welcoming.  

Family meant everything to Gerry. He is survived by his two children, Dean of Toronto and Fern of Morrisburg. 

His grandchildren were his pride and joy! Penny, Lisa, Nicholas, Donovan and Hannah will certainly miss their cherished Grandfather.  He had several great grandchildren as well.

Gerry instilled in his family the values, morals and traditions that mattered. He was made of the right stuff. He lived by the creed of “One Good Deed a Day” and “Kill Them With Kindness”. He believed it was always better to be kind than resentful or mean.

Making another person’s day better was the gift he gave himself and passed down the generations.  He had a wonderful sense of humor that carried him through the good times and the bad.  To make others smile was what pleased him the most. 

His life will be celebrated with honor at the Chesterville Legion on October 10, 2015, from noon to 4 p.m. The sharing of memories will begin at 2 p.m. with a simple Legion Service. 

Donations will be gratefully acknowledged by The Salvation Army, an organization that helps others which Gerry strongly believed in. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Marsden & McLaughlin Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com

   

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