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Gerald Marchand

Gerald F. "Jerry" Marchand

Friday, June 25th, 1937 - Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
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Gerald F. Marchand (“Jerry”) of Ellington passed away peacefully on May 26, 2020 in the presence of his loving family. He was born on June 25, 1937 to Ernest and Agnes (Fitzgibbons) Marchand. He spent his early years in Meriden, graduating high school in 1956. Jerry then began the long journey to become a priest. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University and was ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 1966. He served at St. Justin’s Parish in Hartford for many years. After leaving St. Justin’s, Jerry worked at Connecticut Spring and Stamping. On June 10, 1973, Jerry met the love of his life, Sheila Haley. They were married in 1975 and moved to West Hartford where they planted their roots for the next 40 years. Whether it was chopping wood or mowing the lawn, Jerry always felt most comfortable being outside. A quiet, gentle, unassuming man, Jerry had the patience of a saint. However, if you wanted to raise his ire, simply move the sprinkler once it has been set in his garden.
He leaves behind his wife Sheila of 45 years, his children Christopher Marchand, Marcella Makuck and her husband Ryan along with their four precious children, Avery, Claire, Alexander, and Katherine. Grandpa enjoyed playing basketball with the foam blocks and generously shared his chocolates with them much to the dismay of their parents! He also leaves behind his brother-in-law Patrick Haley (Kathryn), sister-in-law Karen Gallagher, many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Jerry was predeceased by his beloved son David, his parents, his sister Barbara, his brother Jack, and the family dog Sam.
The family would like to thank Dr. Philip Karanian, Dr. J. DeMarcaida, Kelly Ford, APRN, Dr. Harry Morgan, Hartford Healthcare Hospice, John and Martha as well as Fr. John from St. Patrick-St Anthony Church and the caregivers from Home Instead: Jean, Rachael, Tammy and Diane for their continuous support.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, Special Olympics CT, 2666 State St., Hamden, CT 06517 or Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001
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Services to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, Special Olympics CT, 2666 State St., Hamden, CT 06517 or Wounded Warrior Project, 370 7th Ave., Suite 1802, New York, NY 10001

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Ryan, Lacy, and Winston Zimmerman

Posted at 05:12pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you Chris and your family. We sure do love you.
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Posted at 09:09pm
Sending you comfort and lots and lots of love, Steve and Kahaia
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Joseph Puglielli

Posted at 03:07pm
Jerry and I were priests together at St Justin Church in Hartford from 1969 to 1972. We got to really know one another and I developed a profound respect for Jerry both as a compassionate priest and as a very loyal and considerate friend. Later on, we and our wives, Sheila and Susan, spent many good times in one another's company. Susan and I now express our sincerest condolences to his loving wife Sheila and to their entire family and we hope to call Sheila in the near future. Jerry was truly an "alter Christus".
"Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace." Joe and Susan Puglielli
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Father Henry Smolinski [PNCC]

Posted at 10:09am
I was ordained a priest of the Hartford Archdiocese a year after Gerry and knew him from our seminary days at St.Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1960. I will always remember him for his compassionate priestly work at St.Justin's parish in Hartford for about 8 years; but especially for the warm welcome he gave me and my fellow co-pastors - when we came there in early 1974 to follow him in pastoral ministries. Little could I guess then that I would be following him in another way 11 years later [when I said farewell to the great people of St.Justin's to be married & start a new chapter in life]. Gerry, may you enjoy the embrace of Jesus and all your family and friends in heaven forever. Sheila and all your family, may Jesus continue to fill you with His peace and comfort in your grieving Gerry's absence.
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KATHY :FRAN :JACK: KATHY

Posted at 05:05pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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