Peabody — Gerard O. “Gerry” Ouellette, 84, of Peabody passed away on Wednesday, October 31, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a long battle with cancer. He was the husband of Lorraine (Girard) (Pelletier) Ouellette with whom he shared over 30 years of marriage. He was a soft-spoken gentleman devoted to his wife and special needs daughter and stepson. They enjoyed many family trips together and gatherings with close friends.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Oscar and Marie Ann (Levesque) Ouellette. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Salem.
He was employed for 60 years at Ruggles & Klingemann Company, previously of Salem, Mass., and now of Seabrook, N.H. He retired as a Plant Superintendent and continued on as an historian consultant during his illness.
Gerry was a member and trustee for many years at the BPOE Elks Lodge #1409 in Peabody. He volunteered for 18 years with the Special Olympics and was a member of the 21 Associates and Knights of Columbus of Castle Hill in Salem.
In his youth, he was a member of the Palmer Cove Baseball League of Salem.
Gerry was a loving stepfather and father-in-law to Denise Pelletier Royal and her companion Paul Lacritz of Salem; Paul Pelletier and his wife Caren of Rowley; Marc Pelletier of Peabody; and Michelle Pelletier Marshall and her husband Timothy of Rowley. He also had five children with his first wife, Florence (Michaud) Ouellette, who died in 1979. They, and their spouses, are Diana (Ouellette) Peterson and her husband Kirk of Niceville, Fla.; Claudia (Ouellette) Ganey and her husband Michael of Rowley; Ronald Ouellette and his wife Dianne of Northwood, N.H.; Patricia Ouellette of Peabody; and Brian Ouellette of Salisbury.
He is also survived by two sisters: Rita Ouellette of Spencer and Pauline Lavalle and her husband Paul of Seabrook; and one brother Paul Ouellette and his wife Sharon of Westboro. He was the brother and brother-in-law of the late Lorraine and Roy Stockton of Salem. He also leaves brothers-in-law Francis Girard and his wife Henriette of Gloucester, and Paul Girard and his wife Lorraine of Danvers.