Salem — Gerard J. ‘Gerry’ Lavoie, 85 of Salem, passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, following a long illness. He was the husband of Jean T. (Cody) Lavoie, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Ernest and Laura (Marquis) Lavoie, and was a graduate of St. Joseph High School. Gerry received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his master’s degree from Northeastern University. He served in the Navy at the close of World War II.
Following his tour of duty, Gerry returned to Salem to finish his degree and worked as an independent private investigator. Gerry left his private investigating business to work as a co-op coordinator and associate professor in the criminal justice department of Northeastern University, where he was a seated board member of the Northeastern University Federal Credit Union.
A lifelong resident of Salem, Gerry was a former president of the North Shore Baseball League and coach for the Wildcats Youth Baseball team. He was a member of the Salem Park and Recreation Commission as well as the Knights of Columbus Salem Council #76. Following Gerry’s and Jean’s retirement the couple loved to travel and visited much of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and much of the continental United States. He also worked part time and gave golf lessons at the Olde Salem Green Golf Course.
In addition to his wife Jean, he is survived by three daughters, Michele FitzGerald and her husband Raymond, Leanne Morin and her husband Mark, Elise Lisa Pydynkowski and her husband Kevin, two sons, Gregg Lavoie, Gary Lavoie and his wife Ann Marie, a daughter-in-law, Mary McCarthy, three sisters, Lucille Boulanger, Marguerite Belanger and her husband Rene, Marie Williams, as well as two brothers, Raymond Lavoie and his wife Elaine and Roger Lavoie. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Eric, Teresa and her husband Paul, Nicole and her fiancé Justin, Erica, Kara, Kyle, Taryn, Krista, Justine, Casey and Brandi and a great-granddaughter Anna.