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Gerald  J.  Sylvestre

Obituary for Gerald J. Sylvestre

July 25, 1940 - May 4, 2019
Hooksett, New Hampshire | Age 78


Sylvestre died peacefully at his home on May 4,
2019 surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma.

He was born on July 25,
1940 in Manchester, NH to Germaine (Cote) and Maurice Sylvestre. Gerry grew up in Manchester where he met and later married his high school sweetheart Marge. From 1957-1963 he was an engine mechanic with the US Air Force Reserve at Grenier Field in Manchester, NH, and served a year of active duty during the 1961 Berlin Crisis. On his 20th birthday in 1960, he began his career at Public Service Company of New Hampshire where he was employed in various positions, and retired as a Shift Supervisor at the Merrimack Station in Bow, NH in August 1995. Following his retirement from the Merrimack Station, he worked as a toll taker at the Hooksett Toll Booth until his retirement in 2015.

Gerry pursued his passions to fish, hunt, snowshoe, hike and travel. You could always find him in his vegetable garden in the summer and when he wasn't there he was meeting friends for coffee or off on another adventure with his wife and family. Gerry traveled to four of the seven continents relishing the culture, food and drink of over thirty countries. He particularly enjoyed Alaska, Australia, Cancun, and his final voyage, a Mediterranean cruise in July
2018 with his wife and grandson Rhys. Above all else, Gerry will be remembered as a funny, fun-loving prankster devoted to his family and many friends.

The family includes his loving wife of
57 years, Marjorie (Gagnon) Sylvestre; two daughters, Paula Sylvestre-Gaudet and husband, Edward Gaudet, Jr. of Hollis, NH and Susan Sylvestre of Manchester, NH; three grandsons, Rhys Gaudet of Hollis, NH, Joshua Gaudet and wife, Heather (Bennett) Gaudet of New Boston, NH and Jeremy Gaudet and his fiancé, Samantha Johnston of Hollis, NH; four great-grandchildren, Aida, Claire, Mason and Owen; brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Manchester VNA Hospice Services and Amada Senior Care of Bedford for the loving care they provided to Gerry.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 12:30 PM at Holy Rosary Church, 21 Main Street, in Hooksett, NH. Committal prayers will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, in Manchester.

For those wishing to remember Gerry with a gift in his memory, donations can be made to the International Mesothelioma Program (IMP) at

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute or St. Jude's Hospital,

Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to

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