Mr. Gerard J. "Jerry" Hebert, 88, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at his daughter's home in Goffstown.
Born in Hooksett on Sept. 19, 1924, Jerry was the son of Thomas and Jeannette (Baillargeon) Hebert. He spent his early years in Hooksett and had made Manchester his home for almost 60 years.
Jerry was an Army
veteran of World War II
, having joined at the age of 18. A member of the "Lost Battalion" captured at Anzio, he spent 14 months as a prisoner of war. As a result, he received several honors, including the POW Medal, the European Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation. He was a member of the Sweeney Post American Legion, the DAV and the American POW.
Until his retirement, Mr. Hebert spent 40 years with the Manchester Water Works, retiring as equipment superintendent. He was an avid antiques collector and enjoyed skiing, ice skating, walking and socializing with his friends. He was extremely generous and received his greatest joy from helping others.
Mr. Hebert was predeceased in January by the love of his life, his wife, Lucille (Belisle) Hebert, whom he met on the carousel at Pine Island Park and with whom he shared 67 years of marriage. He was also predeceased by his beloved son, Daniel, in March; brothers, Romeo and William; and his sister, Laudia Duford.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Hebert of Goffstown; daughter-in-law, Barbara Hebert of Bedford; two grandsons, Patrick Hebert of Manhattan, N.Y., and Jarrod Hebert, his wife, Katie, and their son, Wyatt, of East Newport, N.Y.; four brothers and their wives, Roger and Frances, Richard and Anita, Leon and Phyllis, and Leo and Winnie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield. Burial with military honors will be Monday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
The Petit Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements and offers an online guestbook at petitfuneralhome.com.