Gerard "Jerry" Rouleau of Terryville, CT; longtime resident of Westbrook, CT and Hanover, NH; passed away on March 15, 2011 at the age of 62, and has left this world a better place. His family and friends mourn his loss as a husband, father, brother, grandfather, cousin, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, mentor, partner, co-worker and neighbor. Jerry lived his life as an outstanding example of kindness, generosity, fairness and dedication. His mantra that "life is good" reflected his faith and exceptional outlook on life. He will be forever missed.
Jerry was a new home sales training and marketing consultant for the housing industry, and founder of J. Rouleau and Associates. He was an active member of the National Association of Home Builders, Log Home Council, Timber Frame Business Council and numerous other industry associations. He received countless accolades for his work, including the S.A. Walters Chairman Award, and recently the "Friend of the Institute" award, from the Institute of Residential Marketing and National Sales and Marketing Council. He authored numerous books, and was a popular public speaker.
In honor of his first wife, Jerry created Jan's House of Hope, a memorial and fundraiser which brought in over $2 million dollars in donations for his National Cancer Awareness Foundation, which provided 100% of funds to families working through cancer. Jerry himself faced his own cancer prognosis with calmness, humor, optimism, an unwavering spirit and a genuine smile.
He leaves behind a large and loving family, including his wife Valerie Klimas Rouleau, of Terryville, CT; his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Amber Rouleau of Farmington, CT; daughter Kerry Rouleau of Newport, NH; and son Jason Rouleau of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and his three sons, Jerry's grandchildren, Matheus, Nicholas and Thomas, who fondly called him "Pepe". He also leaves four sisters and brothers-in- law, Rita and Aime Brochu, of New Britain, CT; Irene and Stan Misiorski, of The Villages, Florida; Cecile and Roland Beauchemin, of Cromwell, CT; and Jeanette, Bill Krans, of Brookfield, MA and Fern and Laura Brochu of East Berlin, CT. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Carol Fanara and her partner Charlie Knights of Brookline, MA; William and Maureen O'Connor of Roslindale, MA; Robert and Nancy O'Connor of Brookline, MA; Joey O'Connor; and Richie O'Connor. Jerry also leaves behind a large extended family including numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Jerry also leaves behind three stepdaughters and sons-in-law and six more grandchildren (who lovingly called him "Grandpa Yo-Yo"), Joyce Synnott and Bryan Brandow, of Richmond, CA and their two daughters, Jade and Marley; Kimberly and Shane Donahue, and their two daughters, Alleah and Tegan of Oakland, CA; and Jill Synnott and Todd Gerardi, of San Leandro, CA, and their daughter Grace and son Jake.
Jerry was predeceased by his sister Jeanne Rouleau Brochu and his first wife, Janice O'Connor Rouleau.
Jerry and his family have immense gratitude and appreciation for the kindness, exceptional care and genuine respect he received from the oncology and radiation teams at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. His family especially thanks Dr. Ali Bilgrami and the tireless, loving and professional nurses on 8-1 Oncology, who all cared not only for Jerry, but for his family. Jerry was grateful for all the compassion he received at St. Francis Hospital, including doctors, nurses, assistants, custodians, parking attendants, staff, and many more. You will all be forever in the hearts of Jerry and his family.
In honoring Jerry's wishes, there will be no funeral services. His family will hold a "Celebration of His Life" in the near future. It was Jerry's wish that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Hospital, 8th Floor Oncology/Hospice Floor, c/o Cindy Smith, 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105, so current and future patients and their families may be helped, as he had been helped.