MANCHESTER – Gerard "Jerry" L. Deshaies, 71, of Manchester passed away Nov. 20, 2012, in Manchester after a period of declining health.
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He was born on June 12, 1941, in Manchester the son of Gerard T. and Marguerite (Molderez) Deshaies. He was raised and educated in Manchester and lived for many years in Arizona.
Gerard served honorably in the Army National Guard for many years, which included a period of active duty in the early 1960s.
He worked as a housing maintenance manger both in Manchester and in Arizona. He had also worked at Swenson Granite.
He was an avid scuba diver and fisherman. He enjoyed reading, with his favorites being of the historical, governmental and political genres.
He was predeceased by his infant daughter, Cheryl Ann Deshaies, and his parents, Gerard and Marguerite Deshaies.
Surviving family members include his children, Susan Houle of Webster Mark Deshaies of Concord and Stephani Diaz-Bernal of Glendale, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Randi Houle, Peter Houle, D'artagna Diaz and Zxavian Diaz; brother, Roger Deshaies, of Bow; two sisters, Joanne Leach of Manchester and Donna Provost of Madison Heights, Va. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the NH State Veterans Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
, 2 Wall St., Suite 105, Manchester, NH 03101 or to the Spina Bifida Association, 4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 250, Washington, D.C., 20007.
The Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is in charge of arrangements. For more information or to view an online guestbook and memorial, please go to www.phaneuf.net.
Published in The Concord Monitor from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2012