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Gerald R. Paquette

Gerald R. Paquette
  • August 27, 1938 - February 8, 2017
  • South Windsor, Connecticut

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“My most sincere condolences to Justine and their children. Why doesn't the English language provide the right words for this occasion? All I can...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Vontell - CT

“My most sincere condolences to Justine and their children. Why doesn't the English language provide the right words for this occasion? All I can...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Bob Vontell - Marlborough, CT

“To the Paquette Family:Gerard was one of the most decent and gracious guys I met while attending FHS. Gerry was a terrific athleteand a great...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jim Joyce - Green Harbor, MA

“So sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Chris and Jen Bernard - CT

“Our sincere sympathies for your loss. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home - CT

Gerald R. "Gerry" Paquette, 78, of South Windsor, beloved husband of Justine (King) Paquette, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Westside Care Center in Manchester, surrounded by his loving family. Gerry's family sends their sincere appreciation to the staff at Westside Care Center in Manchester. Thank you for taking such good care of Gerry these past two and a half years! Gerry was born on August 27, 1938 in Hartford, CT, son of the late Gerard and Yvonne (Chartier) Paquette. He grew up in Farmington, and graduated from Farmington High School, where he excelled in baseball. He served our country with the U.S. Air Force from 1957-1960 and was married to the love of his life, Justine King on July 30, 1960. Together they settled in Tolland, where they lived for 25 years, before moving to South Windsor in 1989. Gerry worked for Veeder Root in Hartford and then went to Jacobs Manufacturing and retired after 25 years of service. In his younger years, he coached Tolland Little League and basketball teams his children played on. Gerry and Justine loved to dance and spent many Saturday nights at the Podunk Mill (Mill on the River) in South Windsor & attending church at St. Matthews in Tolland. Gerry led an active life style, participating in many sports, such as bowling at Vernon Lanes and playing many rounds of golf, in which he taught his son (Jay) to play at the age of 12. Gerry was also an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox (especially Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski) and the Super Bowl Champions The New England Patriots. He traveled extensively with his wife Justine, especially to their favorite place Laguna Beach, CA where he enjoyed listening to the ocean waves and having long walks along the coast. In his retirement he worked at Simsbury Farms Golf Course. He also enjoyed spending quality time with his beautiful granddaughter Brooke who called him Papa. Along with his wife of 56 years, Justine, he leaves his children, Michelle Sawyer and her husband Bill of Ellington and Jay Paquette and his wife Yvette of Murrieta, CA; his sisters, Mary Ann Pawelcik and her husband Richard of CO, Diane Bell and her husband Ronald of Farmington, Anna Farineau and her husband Joseph of Bristol, Patricia Porter and her husband Bruce of TN and Joanne Huppenbauer-Seyler of Bristol; his granddaughters, Brooke Evelyn Sawyer of Ellington, Cara Proctor and her finance Kalle Johansson, Christina Alba and her husband Jeremy Alba and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Arthur Paquette, Yvonne Plaskett and Robert Paquette and his sister-in-law, Judith Verrengia. His family will receive friends on Friday, February 17, 2017, from 5-8 p.m., at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Rd., South Windsor. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 5 p.m., at Wapping Community Church, 1790 Ellington Rd., South Windsor. Burial will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter at Please visit us at for online condolences and guest book.