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Gerard Ducharme

Obituary of Gerard Joseph Ducharme

Gerard Joseph Ducharme, age 92, of Champlain (Coopersville), New York, died at his home on the afternoon of July 13, 2020, under the loving care of his family. Gerard was born in Coopersville, New York on July 10, 1928, the son of Willard and Aurore (Lafontaine) Ducharme. He was the second of three children. His sister, Henrietta (Mrs. Alfred) Babbie, was born on April 30, 1926, and she predeceased her brother by 4 days, on July 9, 2020. His sister Helen (Mrs. Walter) LaValley, was born on December 2, 1930, and she predeceased her brother on August 15, 2002. His mother died in 1948, and his father died in 1970. Gerard grew up in Coopersville. He was a student at Chazy Central Rural School, graduating in 1946. Inspired by his uncle, Brother Adrian Lewis Lafontaine, who was a member of the college's faculty, Gerard attended Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, and graduated in 1950. After he earned his degree, Gerard proudly served with the United States Army from November 14, 1950 until he was honorably discharged on November 13, 1952. Following his service, Gerard returned to the North Country and began his career at Ayerst Laboratories in Rouses Point, New York. Gerard was employed in the accounting department, where he met his wife, the former Genevieve Elizabeth LaValley. They were married at St. Ann's Church in Mooers Forks, New York on June 19, 1954. Gerard worked at Ayerst Laboratories (later Wyeth) until his retirement in 1987. During this time, he and his wife raised their children, and Gerard proudly served on the Board of Education of his alma mater in Chazy for more than 15 years. He also served with the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) for many years. He and his family attended St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Coopersville, where Gerard served on the parish board and was a lector during weekly mass. Following his retirement from Wyeth, Gerard served his country again until 2002 as a US Immigration officer. He was a proud member of American Legion Post 912 in Rouses Point. Following his second retirement, Gerard and his wife enjoyed their visits to the Jersey shore and Florida, as well as explorations north of the border in Ottawa and Montreal. Gerard also enjoyed hiking with his children in the Adirondacks, with an obligatory stop for soft ice cream somewhere (anywhere) at the bottom of the mountain. Most enjoyable for him were his grandchildren, who received his sustained and loving attention. In 2016 he was accompanied by his grandson Brandon on the North Country Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. As Gerard bravely faced the illness which slowly brought him deeper into "a strange country with all things new and unknown", his grandchildren were lifelines for him, and they could always tickle his sense of humor and coax the sparkle in his soft blue eyes. Left to cherish Gerard's memory are Genevieve, his loving wife of 66 years; and their children: Gerald Ducharme and Jeffrey Groenheide of Canton, New York and Milton, Delaware; Diane and Steven Menard of Mooers Forks, New York; Julie and David Seibert of Rouses Point, New York; and Tina and Lonny LaCount of Rouses Point, New York. Gerard's grandchildren are Micere Brunelle of Beekmantown, New York, David Menard of Plattsburgh, New York, Brandon Menard of Mooers Forks, New York, Kim (Seibert) Sauerwein of Mainz, Germany, and Isabella LaCount of Rouses Point, New York, who held her grandfather's hand throughout his last night with us. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 11:00am in St. Mary's Church in Champlain, New York. Gerard's family will greet relatives and friends prior to the Mass from 10 to 11am, in St. Mary's Church. Due to the COVID pandemic, St. Mary's Church capacity will be limited to 120 people including the immediate family. When that number is reached, there will be approximately 50 additional people permitted to gather in the parish center where audio and video equipment will be provided. Face covering and social distancing will be mandatory in both the church and the parish center. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to donate in Gerard's memory may consider a contribution to the Plattsburgh Adult Day Services at 8 Bushey Boulevard in Plattsburgh, New York, or to the Champlain EMS at PO Box 837, Champlain, New York 12919. Gerard's family is grateful for the loving care he received from both organizations. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 793 Gilbert Road, Mooers, 236-4747.
Saturday
18
July

Visitation at Main Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, July 18, 2020
St. Mary's Church
86 Church Street
Champlain, New York, United States
Saturday
18
July

Mass

11:00 am
Saturday, July 18, 2020
St. Mary's Church
86 Church Street
Champlain, New York, United States