BREWER – Gerard Brochu, 103, died Dec. 15, 2004, at a Brewer healthcare center after a brief illness. He was born July 18, 1901, in St. Damien, Quebec, the son of Delphis and Amarylda (Fournier) Brochu. Gerard married Josephine Breton in 1926 and moved to South Brewer and had since been a resident of Brewer Street where he and his wife had 11 children. He became a naturalized citizen in 1943, worked as a millwright for the Eastern Corp. for many years until retirement and was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Brewer. Over the years, Gerard was active in church and civic affairs, was considered one of the community’s finest carpenters and was a model gardener well into his 90′s, sharing the bounty of his harvest with friends and neighbors. He was an avid outdoorsman who especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and snow shoeing. Surviving are seven children, Frances Faucher of Bangor, Patricia Ruth and her husband, Richard, of Milpitas, Calif., Joyce Poulin and her husband, Gary, of South Weymouth, Mass., Carroll A. Brochu and his wife, Joan, Richard Brochu, John P. Brochu and his wife, Melanie, and James M. Brochu, all of South Brewer; 31 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; one great- great-grandchild; one brother, Ferdinand Brochu; and one sister, Mary-Elise Letourneau, both of Quebec, Canada. He was predeceased by his wife; two infant children, David and Mary Ann; a daughter, Charlene Thom; and a son, Michael Brochu. Friends may visit 6-8 p.m. Friday, at Kiley Funeral Home, 69 State St., Brewer. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, Brewer, with the Rev. Joel R. Cyr, pastor, celebrant. A reception will immediately follow at St. Teresa’s Parish Center. Burial at Mount Pleasant Catholic Cemetery, Bangor, will be in the spring. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Teresa’s Parish, 440 South Main St., Brewer, ME 04412.
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:15 p.m.