To everyone who posted thoughts, memories and shared stories about my father: THANK YOU! Your caring, kindness and compassion helped my family through this very difficult time. We truly appreciate it! My father was a great guy....and yes Uncle Charlie...he knew an awful lot about baseball.
I am so sorry for the loss of your ever faithful, loyal, and dedicated husband, Gerry.. I was about to travel to Norwood from Winchester yesterday to visit with you and the family until the bad weather set in.
Gerry was my best BC Football friend. I had such great times with Gerry, you and the family at the BC Cookouts. I will miss him..
Because of the way he lived his live, he has earned his place in heaven with God.
May he rest in Peace.
Frank Furey, BC '56
Andrea I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, your mom and sisters!
I was so sorry to hear today from my sister that Gerry had died. I have so many wonderful memories of Gerry and you, and as well of Gerry's wonderful family, too many to count even now and after the many years gone by since I moved to D.C. Please know that we will keep Gerry, and you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great friend, a wonderful guy and an unfailing and reliable source of wisdom, common sense and perspective.
From the Gospel of John:
“In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was . . .”
In the beginning, when Joann brought Gerry home for the first time, he was simply her new boyfriend. The first thing that the rest of the family learned was that we had to listen closely so that we could understand his accent. Later, I paid attention because he had really interesting things to say.
Although we rooted for fierce rivals, Gerry and I soon found common ground in baseball. Whenever you come across an expert, it is good to listen, and I never tired of Gerry's vast store of baseball knowledge. For a casual fan like me, hearing Gerry talk about the sport was fascinating. His flawless recollection of games produced stories told so vividly that I could visualize everything.
Gerry's love of the game and of the Boston Red Sox in particular became part of his identity. He actually expressed concern about it once, worrying that this devotion, on the part of an adult, made no sense. I disagreed, seeing it as a wonderful example of his capacity to love and to hope.
Baseball resembled a religious experience for Gerry. The entire baseball season demands daily Acts of Faith, and that faith was tested severely for many years for Red Sox fans. Doubt undoubtedly crept in, especially in crucial games when all-too-many of Gerry's incredibly accurate memories told him that it did not matter if the Sox were ahead because the game was not over yet, and it was always possible to find a way to lose. All of those heartbreaking losses and losing seasons never shook his faith in the team.
The faithful worship their Saints. In this case, the featured favorites included the likes of Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski and
David Ortiz. Of course, those heroes had their counterparts. Undeserving evildoers who, for some unexplainable reason always seemed to be New York Yankees, thwarted the righteous. To hear Gerry curse the names of Bucky . . . Dent and Aaron . . . Boone was to hear the wonder, amazement, and hurt of a boy coupled with the anger, frustration, and disappointment of a man. The emotions rang through in his voice because Gerry felt them all deeply.
This man of faith and love was not a one-dimensional sports fan. Regardless of how much fun it was to talk about players and games and Gerry's fantasy teams, the real beauty of talking about baseball was that it allowed us to talk about everything else. Baseball opened the way. Sometimes the conversation flowed into questions that mattered deeply to both of us and left me shivering at the connections we made. Complete honesty brought true communication that touched both of our lives. It did not happen on every phone call or in every chat, but the possibility for that kind of revelation was always there.
Gerry, I shall miss your stories and comments on subjects ranging from the family to the nation, from Boston College to the Boston Red Sox, from sports to politics, from home-grown peppers to home cooking, and on whatever else came up. I shall miss the potential truths of conversations that will never happen.
I shall miss you, Gerry.
Charles J. Di Perna
Dear Joann and family, We are sooo sorry for your great loss of Gerry. Sending all of you our deepest heartfelt condolences. Joanne and Ed (Lauletta) Doane.
Dear Joann and family, I am sooo sorry for your great loss. My deepest condolences.
Regina & Family,
Your Dad will be greatly missed by Fred & I because of his humor dealing with our jobs in the prison system. Many laughs were had with his questions & suggestions of what we should do with inmates Always a good time with Gerry. I am so grateful that I saw him at Easter, because I will always remember him then, smiling,joking and in the kitchen doing what he liked to do. I hurt aches along with yours I will miss him deeply. Love You All
Dear Regina & Family, I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your Dad. Please know my Thoughts & Prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Love Patti, Northeast Insurance Agency, Inc.
Regina, May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. I know you have many wonderful memories of the special times you shared with your dad.
Dear Joann and Family,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Gerald has always been a huge part of all of our lives, and was truly a role model Dad and human being. We all have such very fond memories of spending holidays with your family, and will always remember his excitement and joy over having the family together. He truly was a devoted family man who had a passion for life, and everything that it had to offer. Gerald will be forever missed by me and our children, and we are all deeply saddened by his loss. All Our Love, Audrey DeSisto
Regina, Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Regina and family I am so sorry for your loss.There are no words to take the pain away.I send you prayers and love during this trying time.
Dear Joann and family,
So sorry for your loss of Gerry. Always had a tremendous smile and wonderful manner, Wish I had a chance to know him better after high school.From the wonderful tribute here, it is evident that you and his family meant so much.
jim gibbons CM "61
Rachel and I were so saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. I thought when Frank and I had visited with him last November at Mt Sinai, he had defeated his cancer. Just recovering from a bout with Bronchitis and hoping to attend on Wednesday morning.
God be with you and yours,
Dear Joann and Family:
Please accept my condolences with grateful appreciation for the military service to our country and to us. I am sorry to read of Gerry's death. May God grant him Eternal Rest.
Kathy Brennan McMenimen
To the Pasquantonio Family: I grew up on Stratford Street, three houses away from Claudia and Gerald and their parents and grandparents. It is unfortunate that we lost touch over the years even though we did see Claudia at Chestnut Hill Mall a number of years ago. The video is a wonderful memory of his life and know that he had a wonderful family who shared his life. We will cross paths hopefully later. I know that he and Claudia who both left us too early are probably catching up with the news. Love to you all!
Angelo W. and Sarah Traniello
Dear Mrs. Grogan, Hi its Laurana. I am terribly sorry for the loss of your father, and was quite sad that I didn't get to see you the last day of school. I know how it feels when to loose someone very close to you, but never forget that he his now in heaven with God. Thank you so much for being a amazing teacher and so sorry for the loss of your father.
Sincerely, Laurana George ( the helper that you had that 1 day.)