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On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at the age of 65, Gérard passed away at the Elizabeth Bruyère Centre surrounded by his loving family. After a long and courageous battle with cancer, he joins his parents Roger and Rita (Gauthier). Beloved husband to Claire Pelletier. Proud father to Anouk (Robert Jr. Beaulieu) and Geneviève (Sébastien Lalonde) and step-father of Etienne Lawrence (Michelle Paquette). Grandfather to Liliane, Tristan and Ryder, whom he loved dearly. He also leaves behind his brothers & sisters: Jeannine, Richard (Joanne Legault), Denise (Mark Laframboise), Pierre (Louise McGreal), his special cousin Hélène Donaldson (Jim Miller), many nieces, nephews, family and friends. He lived a life full of love, serenity and a contagious joy of living. There will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint-Sébastien church, 1000 Frances St., Ottawa, on Friday, February 8th at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow the service. Special thanks to the 7th floor West and Intensive Care Unit staff at the Ottawa General Hospital & to the employees at Élizabeth Bruyère for the good care they provided. Donations in his memory may be made to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation or to the Bruyère Foundation.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 6, 2013