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Gerard Collet, 80, of New Milford, formerly of Manchester, died peacefully Sunday May 4th, 2014 at Candlewood Nursing Home. Gerard was born on October 7, 1933 in Ussy-Sur-Marne France. Son of the late Pierre and Marie-Louise (Bonamy) Collet. He came to reside permanently in the U.S. in 1968 and worked as a cabinet maker by trade and owned the Swiss Colony Cheese shop and Deli at the Manchester Parkade. He retired in 1995 for health reasons. He is survived by his loving daughter Claudine Collet of New Milford and three grandchildren; Isabelle, Anna and Lucas Pippenger all of New Milford. His half sister Françoise Collet, as well as his half brother Denis, wife Hi-Ping and two daughters Lauren and Rachel Collet all of New York State. He is also survived by his deceased brother Bernard Collet's three children; His two nieces Martine Skoog-Laplante, husband Al, her daughter Jessica and husband Scott Matlock. Christine Rautenberg and husband Wayne, and Nephew Patrick, wife Judy and two children Jaclyn and Jeffrey and wife Erin Collet. Donations can be made to Earthworks a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions. Go to www.earthworksaction.org. To sign the online register book go to www.holmes-watkinsfuneralhomes.com.
Watkins Funeral Home
142 East Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Published in The Greater New Milford Spectrum from May 13 to May 16, 2014