Salem — Gerard F. Tardiff, 64, of Salem, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. He was the husband of Linda A. (Trahan) Tardiff, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Francis A. and Rita M.L. (Levesque) Tardiff. Jerry was a graduate of St. Mary High School in Lynn, and received his bachelor's degree in education at Salem State College. He taught for several years, and later joined his wife in running a successful home-based business in sales. Jerry and Linda moved back to Salem from Beverly to care for his then aging parents. He was most recently employed as activities director for the Hunt Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Danvers.
Jerry loved spending time with his 10-year-old granddaughter, Kyla, whom he adored. He also loved to travel and just about anything "Disney." Jerry was greatly admired for many talents, but one of his best was cooking. He loved to cook, and everyone around him loved to eat his creations. Jerry will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends, and business associates from over the years. Jerry made friends wherever he went!
He is survived by his wife, and was predeceased by their son, Gregory F. Tardiff, who passed away in October 2012. He also is survived by a daughter, Catherine A. Bradbury and her husband, Howard, and their daughter, Kyla, of Salem; his brother, Richard Tardiff and his wife, Maryanna, of Salisbury; his aunt, Terry Ogasian of Salem; his mother-in-law, Mary Trahan of Beverly; and sister-in-law, Janet Wood of Haverhill. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service on Friday, September 13, 2013, at 11 a.m., in the First Church in Salem, Unitarian, 316 Essex St., Salem. A committal service for both Jerry and Greg will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, Mass General North Cancer Center, Development Office, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923. To sign the guest book, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.