Gerard F. Rouleau

Born: Mon., Jul. 26, 1948
Died: Tue., Mar. 15, 2011

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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.

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Bill and Jeannette

Val, Scott and Amber, Kerry and Jason,

Our deepest sympathy to all of you at your loss. We will surly miss Jerry an awful lot. He was definitely a special person and my favorite brother! Love you guys!

Joan, Brian and Adam Thiesen

Val, Scott, Amber, Kerry and Jason: This beautiful tribute is a testament to what an incredible man Jerry was. I am proud to have called him Uncle. The time that we spent with him prior to his death was a bittersweet gift that I will always hold dear.

Val - I think you were heaven-sent to be with Jerry. Thank you for taking such good care of him.

Heaven is definitely celebrating!

My thoughts are with all of you. Sending you much love.

Susan Eastman

Jerry was a very positive person. Being part of the Jan's House of Hope crew was an amazing experience - who would have thought that you could actually build a house on a barge and send it down the coast! And the fact that it arrived safely was no surprise to him. Priceless...

Robert A. Rouleau

Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. He has been in our prayers since we first heard of his illness and we will never forget him.

Bob and Anne Rouleau

Jim, Kim and Paul Beauchemin

Val, Scott, Kerry, Jason, sisters and extended family

Our condolences to you during this heartfelt time. Uncle Jerry was and will always be my favorite. I will forever cherish the memories of spending the summers in Westbrook as a kid and Uncle Jerry teaching me how to sail, those were the days!

You are in our thoughts and prayers, God Bless.

"Life is Good" ~ Jerry Rouleau we Love you <3

Jane, Fred, Aimee and Ricky

Val, Scott and Amber, Kerry and Jason,

The world suffered a great loss on March 15th. But we were all blessed to have known Jerry and are thankful God shared him with us. What a beautiful difference his life made to all who knew him.

May your memories console you and may Jerry's spirit live on is all of us. "Life is Good!!!"

Please know that you all will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.