Gerard Guidry

April 20th, 1933July 6th, 2019

Gerry was born in Algiers, Louisiana to Mildred Anna and William Philip Guidry. He was the last of five children; Mary, Philip, Rosemary, Patrick, then “little Gerry.” While quite young, his family moved to Pacific Palisades, California. He lived in a beautiful house, where his mother spent a great deal of time cultivating her “victory gardens” during World War II. The family was grounded deeply in their Catholic faith, and Gerry served as an altar boy at St. Vibiana Cathedral in Los Angeles, and even spent a year attending the seminary until he realized he couldn’t live life without getting married. Gerry graduated from Saint Monica’s High School in 1950, and attended college at Santa Monica College and Loyola.

 

At his mother’s urging, Gerry joined the Coast Guard during the Korean War. He served as a radar man, and spent much of his service time as a trainer. Following the service, Gerry was in search of the right woman for him and a career.

 

In 1962, Gerry attended a singles club in his parish, called “Sinners and Saints,” and there he met the beautiful French Canadian, Pierrette Gisele St. Martin. A courtship followed, and they were married May 15, 1963. They had six children; Monique, Michele, Suzanne, Daniel, Christopher, and Maria. That was a lot of mouths to feed, and Gerry spent 32 years working for Wyeth Laboratories (now Pfizer), first as a salesman out of Bakersfield, California (1963-1979), then as a regional manager, out of Denver, Colorado (1979-1995). All through his working years, Gerry and Pierrette volunteered to help their community - serving meals on wheels, bringing the family to nursing homes after Sunday Mass to distribute communion and interact with the residents, and their continuous involvement in the parishes they attended. They extended outreach to other married couples through Marriage Encounter, and also worked in youth ministry organizing retreats for young people into the mountains above Bakersfield and Denver.

 

Once Gerry retired from Wyeth, he and Pierrette moved to Fort Collins to build their dream house and live a more quiet life. Gerry delighted in spending time with the first of his grandchildren; Marcus, and many days he would pick Marcus up from school in his 1931 Ford Model A. Family has always been the great pride and motivator for Gerry and he went on to welcome and cherish each of his grandchildren that followed; Nathan, Nicolette, Alana, Itzel, Jovan, Velo, Lincoln, and Upton. He also welcomed in the partners of his children and made them family; Becky, Earl, Luz, and Ginger. Because of those grandchildren he and Pierrette moved to Erie, where they have spent the past thirteen years. They have been members of two local parishes; Immaculate Conception and St. Scholastica, and Gerry loved the time he spent as a member of the Knights of Columbus.

 

In 2013, the Guidry family travelled to Louisiana; specifically New Orleans, Algiers, and Lafayette. It was a tremendous opportunity to visit the house where Gerry was born, and to learn about the family Acadian descent as they toured many cultural/educational spots in Lafayette, Louisana. Gerry was so happy to pass on his Cajun pride.

 

The thing Gerry treasured most in this world was family, and now he has gone to join his parents, siblings and their spouses, and two nieces in heaven. Here on earth remain his wife, children, grandchildren, Shirley Guidry (sister in law), and many nieces and nephews who will continue to honor and value FAMILY.

 

 

 

 

 

Services

Gerry’s life will be celebrated with a Rosary on Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. at Darrell Howe Mortuary in Lafayette, CO, and a Funeral on Thursday, July 11, 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Cemetery

None

Location

Darrell Howe Mortuary | Map

Church

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church