GERALD J. GAUDET
Gerald Joseph Gaudet, 92, of Moncton, New Brunswick, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving wife of 62 years Imelda and family on November 26th, 2018, at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Center, Moncton.
Gerry was born in Moncton on September 28th, 1926, the son of the late Anna and the late Edmond Gaudet and is predeceased by 11 older brothers and sisters.
He graduated from the College de Bathurst in 1947, the University of New Brunswick in 1950 as an engineer and McGill University in 1953 as an architect. He married Marguerite Imelda Foley on May 26th, 1954, in Moncton.
Gerry practiced as an architect and engineer for over thirty years and contributed enormously to building the culture of the city and the province. He was a founding member of the firm Gaudet and Roy, principal of Gerald J. Gaudet Architect Ltd. and founding partner of Architects Four Ltd. He advocated dutifully for both his professions as president of the Architects Association of New Brunswick as well as the Association of Professional Engineers of New Brunswick, becoming a Lifetime member for both Associations. He received the fellowship for distinctive service to the profession from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1988. As an entrepreneur and volunteer, Gerry was an engaged and effective leader. His contributions to the city and the province included the presidency of the Rotary Club, the YMCA Executive Committee, The United Way, the Central Business Development Corporation and Planning Commission, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce and a chair of the Board of Governors for Blue Cross of Atlantic Canada. On the National stage, Gerry ensured a Maritime perspective was always present and valued, serving on The National Capital Commission, the Standards Council of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
His practice produced a legacy of public and spiritual buildings for the Province. Locally, these include The Blue Cross Centre, the Moncton Hospital, Église Christ-Roi and the Nursing School for l’Université de Moncton.
He was a loving, devoted and proud father and grandfather, raising eight surviving children with Imelda to whom he is survived; Paul Edward (Moya) of St. John’s NL, Charles Ronald (Debbie) of Moncton, Marc André (Jamie) of Halifax, NS, Gerald Julien (Jill) of Moncton, Clare Marie (Mitchell) of Toronto, ON, Marcia Jeanne (Patrice) of Kingston, JAM, Maura Elizabeth (Gerard) of Moncton, Anne Louise (Darren) of Saint John, NB, along with twelve grandchildren.
He was a gifted athlete in his youth and a skilled golfer in his later years, becoming a member of the Maritime Seniors’ Golf Association. He loved his Montréal Canadiens and Expos, great food, his Acadian culture, debate and music. He was a compassionate man of great integrity who sought to always do the right thing in the right way.
Visitation will be held from the Chartersville Funeral Home, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, (857-1901) on Thursday from 2 to 4 pm and from 7 to 9 pm ONLY.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from Christ-Roi Roman Catholic Church, Moncton on Friday, November 30th, 2018 at 11 am.
Interment in Notre-Dame du Calvaire Cemetery, Dieppe.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Friends of the Moncton Hospital or to the CHU-Dumont Foundations.
A special thank-you to the nurses and doctors of the Palliative Care Unit of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital.
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."