Gerald ‘Jerry’ Primeau

Gerald “Jerry” Primeau, formerly of Saranac Lake and of Port Charlotte, Florida, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 10, 2017.

Born 1920 in Malone, he was one of 11 children of Rodrick and Martha.

After graduating from Franklin Academy, Jerry moved to Saranac Lake, where he worked for Keough and Son Funeral Home.

He joined the Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a pharmacist mate and was honorably discharged in 1945. He married his sweetheart Geraldine Drasyc and remained in Saranac Lake. Jerry continued working at the funeral home, and he graduated from Simmons Embalming School, Syracuse, in 1947.

Jerry worked several jobs throughout his life, and he finished his career as the Harrietstown town assessor and later retired to Florida. Jerry was very active in the community and held many honorable positions, including with the Saranac Lake Elks BPOE 1508, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Saranac Lake Lions Club, bowling league and as president of Saranac Lake Golf Club. Jerry was an avid golfer, he was very proud of his four hole-in-ones. He also belonged to many clubs in Florida as well and was an active member of St. Antonio Parish, where he was an usher for many years.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Geri, in 2009, and his siblings except Isabelle Aubry in Rouses Point.

He leaves behind a son William J. Primeau (Penny) of Lakeland, Florida; daughters Mary (Jimmy) Boeckman of Port Charlotte and Muriel (Steve) Paye of Asheboro, North Carolina; four grandchildren: Rene Woods of Lakeland, Robert (Monica) Connor of Apex, North Carolina, Brian (Beth) Beckwith of Asheboro, North Carolina, and Randy Connor of Port Charlotte; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren — his latest being born on the day he died, named Gerald — and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, at San Antonio Catholic Church, Punta Gorda, Florida.

Local arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Tidewell Hospice, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952.