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In Memoriam to Our Departed American French Genealogical Society Members

The AFGS wishes to use this page as a way to recall and honor our departed members.

Gerard A. Breton Gerard A. Breton  
Gerard A. Breton Claude D. Brunelle
May 4, 1924 - December 5, 2007 1936-2005
Gerard (Jerry) A. Breton of Millville passed away peacefully Wednesday in Milford Hospital, Milford, MA surrounded by his wife and children. Gerard is survived by his wife of 56 years, Harriet (Atamian) Breton of Millville and their seven children, Anne Dioquino of Oceanside, CA; Gerard Breton, Jr. of Blackstone; Joseph Breton of San Antonio, TX; Harriet Kankash of Millville; Thomas Breton of San Jose, CA; Leo Breton of Washington, DC; and James Breton of Malvern, PA. He was a second father to his son-in-law Masoud Kankash.

Mr. Breton was born in Biddeford, ME to Marie-Jeanne (Godard) and Alphonse Breton. The family settled in Woonsocket where they founded A.J. Breton Cigar and where Jerry was raised. He moved to Millville upon his marriage to Harriet. His brother Roger and wife Connie reside in Clifton Park, NY. Gerard was predeceased by his loving sister, Lorraine (Lo-Lo) Breton of Woonsocket.

Gerard is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Priscilla Dioquino of San Diego, CA; Matthew and Serena Kankash of Millville; Peter, Abigail and Grace Breton of San Antonio, TX; Maxwell and Katherine Breton of Washington, DC; and Alexander (A.J.) Breton of Malvern, PA.

A veteran of WWII, Gerard enlisted in the US Navy in 1942, serving on several Destroyers in North Africa and the Pacific Theatres for the duration of the war. He was a radio operator and ordnance handler. His awards include the Philippines Liberation Ribbon (two stars) and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon (twelve stars).

In 1948, Gerard graduated from Hill College, Woonsocket, and in 1956 from the Teachers College, Worcester, MA. The following year he taught at Halliwell Elementary in North Smithfield. In 1967, Mr. Breton began teaching in Woonsocket at the Bernon Street School and then the East Woonsocket School. In 1970, he taught at the Daniels Street School and in 1971 at the Pothier School where he remained throughout his teaching career, retiring in 1985. Because of his love for teaching, he led classes in Adult Education for many years but was forced to retire in 2006 due to an illness.

Active in town politics until his death, Gerard served many years as Planning Board member, a number of them as Chairman. He was also the veteran representative on the Board of Trustees for Soldiers Memorial, the Board of Assessors and the Millville school committee. He was a past member of the Lions Club, Blackstone chapter.

Gerard's interests included studying French genealogy, watching old westerns and eating exotic foods. He was a member of the American French Geneological Society of Woonsocket and La Société des filles du roi et soldats du Carignan, a French-Canadian organization dedicated to the ancestry and original settlement of Quebec. He and his daughter enjoyed Court TV's "Forensic Fridays" programs and eating steamed clams together. He is sadly missed by all.

A mass of Christian burial will be at St. Augustine's Church, Millville. Burial will be at St. Jean the Baptist Cemetary, Blackstone, MA

Claude D. Brunelle - Obit

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