LEWISTON — Gerard Lionel Charest, 89, of Lewiston, died at his home on Monday, Jan. 14.
He was born April 21, 1923, in Saint Pascal, P.Q., Canada, the son of Thomas and Amanda Charest, and moved to Lewiston Junction in Auburn with his family in June 1923.
Educated locally, he left school and joined the U.S. Army in November 1942, serving in the Air Corps as an aircraft mechanic until his honorable discharge as a staff sergeant in February 1946. He returned to Lewiston and finished his high school, graduating in 1946.
On April 7, 1951, he married the former Dorothy L. Carrier, and they made their home in Lewiston and summered in Harpswell. Mrs. Charest passed away on June 30, 2009.
Always very talented with his hands, he worked as a finish carpenter and master cabinet maker until his retirement. An avid reader, Gerry was always well-informed and enjoyed discussing current events and world news.
A member of Holy Family Church, Prince of Peace Parish, he is survived by a son, Marc and wife, Patricia, of Irvine, Calif.; three daughters, Therese and husband, Donald Poulin, of Vero Beach, Fla., Denyse and husband, Regan Melanson, of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Sonya Charest of Harpswell; three brothers, Fernand and wife, Jackie, Rosaire and wife, Claudette and Marcel and wife, Carmen, all of Lewiston; three sisters, Laurette Poulin of Lewiston, Rita LePage of Vero Beach, Fla., and Yvette and husband, Robert Elliott Jr., of Litchfield; seven grandchildren, Denis and David Ouellette, Nathan, Justin, Troy, and Eric Melanson and Vanessa Charest; three great-grandchildren, Lennon, Delaney and Tanner; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by five sisters, Liane, Jeanne, Lucienne, Louise-Anne and Marie Laure; and five brothers, Leo, Lucien, Jean Leon, Ernest and Adrien.
Condolences, donations and a video tribute may be accessed online at www.albert-burpee.com.