Vernon – Gerald L. "Gerry" Fortier, 74, of Huckle Hill Road and a former resident of Guilford for 24 years, passed away Thursday morning, May 25, 2017 at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Gerry was born in Hartford, Ct. on January 24, 1943, the son of George and Alice (Bradway) Fortier. He was raised in the East Hartford, Ct where he attended public schools and was a graduate of East Hartford High School, Class of 1961. He went on to earn his associated degree in purchasing from LaSalle University in Chicago.
A proud veteran of the Vietnam War, he served his country with distinction in the U.S. Air Force.
Following his honorable discharge from active service, he returned home and went to work for Pratt Whitney Machine Tools and later was employed at Hamilton Standard a division of United Technologies Corporation. In his earlier years he worked for the Royal Typewriter Company in Hartford, CT.
Following his retirement he worked on a part-time basis as an independent agent for Texas Refinery Corporation, selling lubricants and oils to the automotive industry in the Tri-State area.
He held membership in the B.P.O. Elks, Brattleboro Lodge #1499, was a life member of AMVets, and was a member of the American Legion, Brattleboro Post #5 where he was active with the color guard and memorial unit.
With his wife he attended the Asbury United Methodist Church in
On September 24, 1983 at the Burnside Methodist Church in East Hartford he was married to Lucie Galarneau who survives.
Besides his wife of 33 years, he leaves one son, Gerald L. Fortier, II (Pauline) of Tolland, CT; two daughters, Jeanette Herrmann of Four Oaks, N.C. and Anita Fortier of Sidney, ME; one step-daughter, Carrie Gebhart (Tony) of South Windsor, CT; one sister, Phyllis Mibeck of San Diego, CA, sisters- and brothers-in-law Rona Jennings, Jamestown, NY, Shirley Fortier, Enfield, CT, Gaston & Monique Jacques, East Hartford, CT and Richard & Laurie Galarneau of Manchester, CT and an aunt Mary Lou Fortier of South Deerfield, MA; 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Additionally he is survived by many nieces and nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, George Fortier and Richard Jennings.
Services will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Chesterfield, NH on Saturday, June 10 at noon with visitation at 11 a.m. Following the service there will be a reception at the American Legion. Burial will be on June 13 at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Cemetery in Randolph, VT.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Building Renovation Fund, 532 Route 63, PO Box 148, Chesterfield, NH 03443-0148.
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