ORANGE - Gerald "Gerry" Whitestone, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 28, 2012 after a valiant and courageous fight with pulmonary disease at Leominster Hospital, surrounded by his family.
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Gerry was born in his family home in Phillipston on August 26, 1940 to Judith and Leon Whitestone. He attended a one room schoolhouse before graduating from Athol High School in 1958.
In 1960, he enlisted in the Navy and served four years aboard the USS Donner and the USS Raleigh. After his honorable discharge in 1964, he worked for one year at Harrington-Richardson in Gardner.
Gerry married Linda Forster in 1965 and went to work for the Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan.
While living in Michigan, Gerry and Linda had two children born there, Mark and Jill. They moved back to Orange in 1972 and built their own house in the Tully section of Orange.
Gerry worked for Gavitt Wire and Cable in Brookfield for several years and in the early 1980s, went to work at the Rodney Hunt Company in Orange and retired from there in 2004.
Gerry was an avid hunter since he was a teenager and only in recent years reluctantly gave it up. He and Linda enjoyed traveling with their fifth wheel trailer for many years until health reasons intervened and they had to give it up.
Gerry was strongly devoted to his family and totally committed to those he cared about. He could be trusted to keep his word and always loyal. His morals and work ethics were superior and was known to have a wonderful sense of humor and could be very funny.
Gerry will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Besides his wife Linda, he leaves his son, Mark, and his wife Janice and grandson Jake of Petersham; daughter Judith (Jill) and her husband, Jim, and grandson Cameron of Manchester, NH; a brother, Alan and his wife, Linda, of Sebring, FL; a sister, Beryl Lando of Phoenix, AZ; a nephew, Thomas; and nieces, Ashely and Judith.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Helen Odum in 2009.
It was Gerry's request to have no calling hours or formal services and interment at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon will be private.
Witty's Funeral Home, |158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy on the online guestbook at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.
Witty's Funeral Home
158 South Main Street
Orange, MA 01364
Published in The Recorder on Oct. 1, 2012