Obituaries

John F. “Jack” Gerrior, Jr.

March 7th, 2012
John F. “Jack” Gerrior, Jr., age 71, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 5, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.
 
Jack was born in Medford, MA on June 22, 1940, he was the dear son of the late John F., Sr. and Adelia R. (Shilonski) Gerrior.  Jack grew up in Melrose, attended school at Boston Latin and was a graduate of Melrose High School. He was an extremely bright student, talented in both singing and dancing, and went on to continue his education at Boston College, where he excelled in electronics.,
 
Jack attended the Coast Guard Academy and enlisted into the United States Coast Guard Reserve during the Vietnam War.  He served the country in the Reserves for more than 10 years.
 
Jack married his “sweetheart” Geraldine (Lucey) Gerrior on February 26, 1965.  They moved to Wilmington, raised two wonderful children, and shared 47 great years together, making lots of memories for their family to share for generations to come.
 
Jack worked hard and played hard, he was extremely talented in the electronics and microcircuit field, and was instrumental in the development of General Microcircuits in Billerica.
 
Jack was a real “homebody”and fondly known as “Mr. Fix it”.  He took a great pride in his home, kept an impeccable yard and pool where he loved to entertain family and friends at his “pool parties” and cookouts.  Holidays were very important to Jack, especially Thanksgiving. Jack had an endearing personality.  He loved to celebrate with family and friends, the more, the merrier, and everyone was made to feel welcomed. Jack also enjoyed going to dinner with his friends at Kitty’s Restaurant on most Friday nights.
 
Jack was a real “guy’s guy.” He loved his “toys,” which included a motorcycle and his boat, the “Checkmate.” He loved vacationing and driving his boat on Lake Winnepesaukee with his family and friends and had a special passion for his 1959 Corvette.
 
Jack was also an avid New England Sports Fan, he had several T. V.’s set up in the family room so that he didn’t miss a game, he was a master on the remote, and incredibly he knew exactly what was going on in each game.
 
Jack will be remembered for many things, his kindness, generosity, great sense of humor, but most of all his outstanding devotion to his family and friends who will miss him immensely. 
 
Jack was the beloved husband of Geraldine M. (Lucey) Gerrior, devoted father of John F. Gerrior III and his wife Kamryn of Danville, CA and Lisa J. Gerrior of Lexington, loving “Grandpa Jack” of Tyler, Kelsey, and Carson Gerrior, dear brother of Janice Forrest and her husband Michael of North Reading, Denis Gerrior and his wife Pamela of Billerica, and the late Paul Gerrior.  Jack is also survived by his sister-in-law Vicki Graff Gerrior of Merrimac, as well as many nieces and nephews.
 
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, March 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers donations in John’s memory may be made to the VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the Sophia Gordon Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01805.
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13 Entries in Guest Book for “John F. “Jack” Gerrior, Jr.”

  1. John G. Vaillancourt says:

    Denis and Family,
    May your faith keep you strong through the loss of your loved one. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  2. Roberta & Bill Williams says:

    Gerri and family,
    We send our sincere sympathy to you all in your loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. We remember all our get togethers with the family and how Jack was there, smiling and loving the gatherings. May peace be with you in your time of sorrow.

  3. Sharon (Boudreau) Despres says:

    Gerri and family,
    I was saddend to hear of Jack’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I will always remember him with a big smile on his face and driving his corvette down the street on a nice day. My deepest sympathies to you and the family.

  4. Ann and Nels Nelson says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Mike mentioned your brother to me at a chance meeting we had recently. Ann and I will be thinking of you on Saturday. Take care.

  5. Mary and Jim Evans says:

    Gerri, John and Lisa, Jack will be missed, we are truly sorry. His spirit will be with you always.

    You are in our thoughts.

  6. Judy O'Connell says:

    Dear Mrs. Gerrior, John, Lisa & Family,

    I am very sorry to read about the recent passing of Mr. Gerrior. I enjoyed many years of friendship through school and sports with John throughout our childhood and I always enjoyed seeing the Gerrior family around town at different events. May the many years of cherished family members bring you much comfort now and in the days ahead. Once again, I am very sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely & With Deepest Sympathy,
    Judy O’Connell

  7. Judy O'Connell says:

    Dear Mrs. Gerrior, John, Lisa & Family,

    I am very sorry to read about the recent passing of Mr. Gerrior. I enjoyed many years of friendship through school and sports with John throughout our childhood and I always enjoyed seeing the Gerrior family around town at different events. May the many years of cherished family memories bring you much comfort now and in the days ahead. Once again, I am very sorry for your loss.

    Sincerely & With Deepest Sympathy,
    Judy O’Connell

  8. Annmarie Ohearn says:

    Dear Gerry,Lisa and family,

    All of us here at Lahey Lexington are sorry to hear of Jacks passing. We enjoyed both of your great smiles and invigorating conversations. May the treasure of his memory comfort you at this difficut time and may the angels help find you peace.

    With Deepest Sympathy

    Dr Winger,Dr Zangara,Monica,Agnes, Annmarie, Ann Maria,Maria,Angie, Larry, Ann and Chantorn.

  9. Ken & Erma Frederick says:

    The bible says if we are to have friends we must show ourselves friendly. Jack’s personality certainly brought him many friends. I was blest to be one of many. I have known Jack almost all of my life and have spent considerable quality time with him on personal and professional levels. I have never met a more honest, ethical and compassionate person than Jack. Gerrie has lost a great husband, his children have lost a great dad, the grandkids have lost a great great-grandfather and I have lost one of my very best friends. My father once told me that the toughest part of growing old is outliving your best friends. I now know how it feels.

    God’s blessing on you Gerrie and the rest of the Gerrior family.

    Ken

  10. Jim Sadin says:

    Dear Denis and Family,

    My deepest condolences on your loss.

    – Jim

  11. Cheryl Stevenson says:

    Dear Denis and Family,

    My deepest condolences on your loss, my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Cheryl

  12. Donna Flayhan says:

    Aunt Gerri – Just learned of Jack’s passing…so sorry for your loss. Love to you and your family, we are thinking of you. Love, Donna, Paul, Suzy, & Tori

  13. Chris Johnson says:

    Dear Mrs Gerrior, Lisa, John and family….

    I am so sorry about hearing about your loss. I remember well all that was written about Jack. He was and always will be remember as a great family man. There are countless memories that will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with you all…

    Sincerely & With Deepest Sympathy,
    Chris

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