1933 – 2014

AUGUSTA — Gerald “Gerry” Erwin Ladd, of Rangeley, passed away peacefully, with his wife by his side, on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Augusta, where he had been a resident for the past four years.

Gerry was born in Augusta on May 27, 1933, the son of Leon Wallace Ladd and Maud (Weston) Ladd. He attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1954. Gerry was a “4-letter man” at Cony, with outstanding performances in football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and in June 1954, he was sent to Parris Island for basic training, then Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; he served with the 2nd Marine Division. Later, he was a guard at the Portsmouth Naval Prison in Portsmouth, N.H. Gerry was honorably discharged on June 28, 1957, with the rank of corporal.

Gerry graduated from Hanson’s Barber School in Lewiston in April 1959. So began his nearly 50-year career as a barber. He practiced his trade in shops at the University of Maine and in Bar Harbor, Winthrop and Cape Elizabeth, and at his own shop, The Yankee Clipper. For nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2001, Gerry held forth at Harwood’s on Water Street in Augusta.

Sports kept Gerry’s attention for all of his life, coaching both youth hockey and baseball. In the 1970s, Gerry hosted a sports show on Augusta cable TV, where he highlighted local sports teams. In his later years, Gerry was an avid golfer, playing in many tournaments at the Augusta Country Club, where he was a member.

Gerry was a member of the Rangeley Free Baptist Church. He participated in a variety of community organizations; he was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Kora Temple Shrine, a lifetime member of Augusta Elks Lodge and a past president of WISDUM, just to name a few.

Gerry’s retirement included winters in Arizona, entertaining visitors and friends and traveling cross-country.

He is survived by wife, Ann T. Ladd, of Rangeley; daughters, Sylvia Reed and husband, Bruce, of Wiscasset and Elaine Ladd of Augusta; brother, Leon Ladd, of Whitefield; stepdaughter, Marcia Chibuogwu, of Methuen, Mass.; stepsons, Keith Therrien of Hampstead, N.H., and Col. Kevin Therrien and his wife, Dawn, of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughters, Eva and Katianna Reed, Christine Pierce and Jamie Malloy; great-granddaughters, Brianna Gamage and Alahnah Frith; eight stepgrandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Donald Ladd; and, in 2013, his daughter, Laurie Ladd.

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