- November 23, 1931 - January 31, 2013
- Lowell, Massachusetts
of Gerald's Passing
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“Sorry to hear of the passing of Gerry, he was close to George H Leger who passed away in 2008 and worked with him at light metal platers..I still...Read More »
1 of 33 | Posted by: Lena MacInnis - North Oxford, MA
“Dear Geraldine and Family: I was so sorry and saddend to hear of Gerry's passing. I have fond memories of being woken up on Sunday mornings by those...Read More »
2 of 33 | Posted by: Norma Cormier Foti - Newton, MA
“I was so sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. He was a wonderful fiddler. I never forgot hearing him at Weiser many, many years ago. I pray that...Read More »
3 of 33 | Posted by: Nance Lehman - Billings, MT
“Dear Geraldine and family; I'm so sorry to hear that Gerry is gone. I can never thank all of you enough for the way you took Tony and I into your...Read More »
4 of 33 | Posted by: Donna Hébert - Amherst, MA
“Dear Geraldine and Family; Vivian and I were saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. Gerry was one of our country's fiddling icons. His name and his...Read More »
5 of 33 | Posted by: Ivan & Vivian Hicks
“Dear Geraldine and Family; On behalf of the members of the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame I extend our sincere sympathies to you and your...Read More »
6 of 33 | Posted by: Ivan Hicks - Upper Coverdale, NB
“Dear Robichaud Family: Please let me begin by saying that I am so deeply sorry for your loss! My name is Monique Mola, a.k.a. Monique Leger,...Read More »
7 of 33 | Posted by: Monique Mola (Leger) - Lunenburg, MA
“Dear Aunt Geraldine & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Uncle Gerry's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. xo
8 of 33 | Posted by: Shirley Tamburano (Robichaud) & Angela Tamburano
“Dear Geraldine & Family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Uncle Gerry. I have very fond memories of him. Please know that my thoughts and...Read More »
9 of 33 | Posted by: Paul Gautreau - Lynn, MA - Uncle
“Dear Geraldine and family.
So sorry to hear of your lost. I have such good memories of Gerald playing with him in Waltham and Minto NB. He was one...Read More »
10 of 33 | Posted by: Elmo(fiddler)&Helen Leblanc
“Offering sincere sympathy and prayers to Geraldine, Bobby and Lola from your cousin, Fidelice and husband Eymard Thibodeau in New Brunswick. Mom...Read More »
11 of 33 | Posted by: Gabrielle Cunningham - Waltham, MA
“I'm celebrating Gerry's life and his music listening to his wonderful recordings and remembering great times together sharing tunes and the time he...Read More »
12 of 33 | Posted by: Frank Ferrel - Bath, ME - friend
“I didn't know Gerald . A friend, on facebook gave me the link. I was touched very deeply when I read the guest book. I know his smile and his music...Read More »
13 of 33 | Posted by: James Carroll Sr. - statesville, NC
“Dear Geraldine my condolences to you and the entire family. I'll miss him coming into Walmart with you. Love Carol
14 of 33 | Posted by: Carol Prebensen - Lowel, MA
“My thoughts and prayers to your entire family. Gerry's music was a joy to anyone who had the privilege of hearing him play and was appreciated by all...Read More »
15 of 33 | Posted by: Eddie Bowlby - Burbank, CA
“My sincere condolences to the Robichaud family. I remember while growing up all the times Gerry would spend at our house jamming with my father,...Read More »
16 of 33 | Posted by: Donald LeBlanc - Waltlham, MA
“Our sincerest condolences to Sandra,Paul,David and the rest of the family at this time of your loss..our thoughts and prayers are with you.
17 of 33 | Posted by: Michael & Kara Richard - Waltham, MA
“Gerry's been such a great influence on generations of fiddlers, and his fiddling will live forever. So sad to hear of his passing. Our sympathies to...Read More »
18 of 33 | Posted by: Robin Warren & Brian Clancey - NH
“So very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. I have such wonderful memories of playing with Gerry over the last 40 years at the French Club and the...Read More »
19 of 33 | Posted by: Edmond & Lorraine Boudreau - MA
“Dear aunt Geraldine and cousins, So sorry to hear of uncle Gerry's passing. He was loved so much and will be in our memories forever. I will always...Read More »
20 of 33 | Posted by: Simone Poirier - Nova Scotia
“so sorry to hear of your lost. geraldine and your family our prayers are with you,leon and yvette maranda
21 of 33 | Posted by: leon maranda ste-anne n.b canada
“David & Paul, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. You and your family are in my prayers.
22 of 33 | Posted by: Bill Segreve - Wake Forest, NC
“Aunt Geraldine and family, on behalf on my Mom Aline who's in the hospital, she was deeply saddened to hear the passing of her dear brother Gerald. ...Read More »
23 of 33 | Posted by: Claudette Belliveau - St-Paul, NB
“So sad to have lost such a dear uncle. My prayers are with all of you aunt Geraldine and my cousins; Diana, Donald ,Paul, David and Sandra. I...Read More »
24 of 33 | Posted by: Robert Belliveau - Moncton N.B.
“"Geraldine and family, so sorry to hear about Gerry's passing. Had enjoyed many times, his talented fiddle playing on 8-track while on our way to the...Read More »
25 of 33 | Posted by: Gene Cormier - Hudson, MA
“Geraldine and Family
Sincere condolences on the passing of Gerry. All who knew him could not help but be impressed by his musical talents. However...Read More »
26 of 33 | Posted by: George Richard - Blainville
“Sorry to the family on the passing of Gerry. There were many years we enjoyed his playing the fiddle. I send my prayers to all of you .
27 of 33 | Posted by: Gerrie - Waltham, MA - Cousin
“I was saddened to hear of Gerry's passing. One of my earliest memories of growing up in Waltham is playing drums with Gerry on the fiddle at the...Read More »
28 of 33 | Posted by: Martin Cormier
“So sorry to hear of Gerry's passing, he was a wonderful, talented gentleman seems like just yesterday when my father would bring us to the Robichauds...Read More »
29 of 33 | Posted by: Deanna Arseneau - Maynard , MA
“I am so sorry and saddened with Gerry's passing.Many years ago, when he was visiting Oscar Melanson in Minto, Gerry would call me to accompany him...Read More »
30 of 33 | Posted by: Rheal Richard Smithville, Ontario
“So sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. I can still remember my parents enjoying the albums Gerry shared with them. I'm guessing he's playing tonight...Read More »
31 of 33 | Posted by: Kathleen Deneen Hughes - NC
“Gerry was a fixture in the Waltham-Watertown area for so many years and had many well deserved awards over the years, to include the Mass. CMA...Read More »
32 of 33 | Posted by: Gordon Brown - Watertown - Friend
“Sandra and family,
I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
33 of 33 | Posted by: Stephanie Ritcey Boudreau - MA
Lowell – Mr. Gerald J. Robichaud, formerly of Waltham, died Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Lowell General Hospital. He was 81.
Gerry was born in St. Paul, New Brunswick, on November 23, 1931, a son of the late Premilite and Elise (Cormier) Robichaud. He had lived in Canada before moving to Waltham in 1955. Until his retirement Gerry worked as a plater at Light Metal Platers on Clematis Avenue in Waltham.
His life's passion was his music. Gerry learned to play the fiddle at a young age with the help of his mother and four other fiddlers in his immediate family. He was mentored by Oscar Melanson, a bed-ridden fiddler who would whistle old tunes for Gerry to learn. Gerry became immersed into the French Canadian community in Waltham and played weekends at the French-American Victory Club for 50 years. He also played for the Remme Association and at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. His music was greatly influenced by the late Don Messer whose weekly radio programs were always on in the Robichaud household. Tommy Doucet, a fiddler originally from the Maritime Provinces was a key contributor to the development of Gerry's music.
Gerry was awarded the Massachusetts Federation Championship five times, the Northeast Regional Contest three times as well as being a top ten fiddler at the National Old Time Fiddlers contest in Weiser, Idaho. In addition, in 2002, Gerry was named on the Minto (NB) Wall of Fame and in 2004 to the New Brunswick Hall of Fame. In 2011 Gerry was recognized with a Massachusetts Country Music Award.
He leaves his beloved wife of sixty years, Geraldine P. (Richard) Robichaud; his children, Diana Badger and her husband, David, of Brownville, Maine, Donald Robichaud and his wife, Deborah, of Pleasant View, Tennessee, Paul Robichaud and his wife, Mary, of Billerica, David Robichaud and his wife, Melissa, of Billerica and Sandra Brake, and her husband, Phillip, of Westford; his grandchildren, Melissa and Kristen Curry, Robyn, Eric and Rachel Robichaud, Keri Harbour and her husband, Robert, Elizabeth Glynn and her husband, Thomas, Anna, Laura and Tayla Robichaud, Danielle, Jeffrey and Jason Brake; his great-grandson, Thomas Glynn; his siblings, Robert Robichaud and his wife, Lola, of Marlboro, Aline Belliveau of New Brunswick and Irma Drisdelle of Connecticut and many nieces and nephews.
Gerry was also a brother of the late Aldred, Ovila, Alyre, Hervé and Emery Robichaud, Marie Gautreau and Exelda Poirier
Family and friends will honor and remember Gerry's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, February 3rd from 1 to 5 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Jude Church, 147 Main Street, Waltham, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Mt. Feake Cemetery, Waltham.
Memorial donation may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.