Gerard N. Blais - Woonsocket

Gerard N. Blais - Woonsocket

Gerard N. Blais, 91, of Ray Avenue, died on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in the Holiday Retirement Home, Manville.

He was the husband of Constance C. (Peloquin) Blais, whom he married June 10, 1950. Born in Woonsocket, he was a son of the late William and Parmilia (Millotte) Blais.

An Army veteran of World War II, Gerard served in the Medical Corp in Reykjavik, Iceland. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans and St. Joseph’s Veterans. Proudly, he recently flew with his son on Honor Flight America to Washington, D.C.

Mr. Blais worked at Hasbro for more than 20 and several textile mills until his retirement from Rochambeau in 1989. He was a communicant of St Joseph’s. He enjoyed playing cards and golfing with his friends. He also enjoyed cooking for his family who were the joy of his life.

Besides his wife, he leaves his son, Richard Blais and his wife Linda of Waterbury, Conn.; grandchildren, Michael Blais and Annabelle Coffey and her husband Paul; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Reese Coffey, who affectionately called him “the little Pepere”; three brothers, Albert and Eddie Blais of North Smithfield and Normand Blais of Johnston; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Raymond A. Blais in 1975; his brother, Oliva “Bob” Blais; and his sister, Jeannette Levesque.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. from the Fournier and Fournier Funeral Home, 99 Cumberland St., Woonsocket, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church, Mendon Road, Woonsocket. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham, Mass. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY, 41076 or to St. Joseph’s Veterans, 99 Louise St., Woonsocket. Please visit www.fournierandfournier.com for guestbook.