Gerard (Jerry)N. Houle of Pawtucket passed away at home on July 11, 2021. He is survived by his adoring wife of 28 years, Jane A. (Wynne) Houle. Jerry was one of 14 children , born in Lincoln, the son of the late Emil Houle and Minnie(Morin) Houle.
Besides his wife Jane, he is the proud father of his children; Raymond Houle of Seekonk, Massachusetts, Stacey Ayotte of Connecticut, Allison Colaccio of Pawtucket and Edward St. Germain of Pawtucket, as well as 7 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and leaves a large loving family of nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his brothers, Peter and Ronald Houle of Pascoag, and his sisters Jeanne Duarte of Warwick, and Annette Scaramuzzi of West Greenwich. He is pre-deceased by brothers: Emile Houle, Jr., Philip Houle, Robert Houle. Raymond Houle, Paul Houle, and Jean Houle, and by his sisters Rosie Harrison, Doris Duarte, and Irene Lawton.
Jerry was an incredibly hard worker who loved and took great pride in his work. He was employed in many of the old textile mills in the Blackstone Valley before switching to the outdoors where he had his own excavation company and performed general construction work, stone wall building, and tree felling and pruning. After suffering some injuries he made still another career choice and Operated Raycey’s Diner in West Warwick and Salvatores in West Greenwich. His most recent employment was at Kip’s Restaurant in Pawtucket and working with his nephew at carpentry.
What is most loved about Jerry is his sense of generosity and good humor. He would go at the drop of a hat to help anyone who asked for it, whatever the job. However it was hard to accept the help of others and of course would supervise their work and often would show his gratitude with a dish that he made. He loved cooking and family gatherings as well as making people happy with food. While he enjoyed fishing and quahoging, his passion was golf. He traveled when he was able , but he always had to stay at a resort near a golf course. He was so grateful for all the visitors while he was on the hospice service and left everyone laughing. He could make light of any situation by laughing.
There will be a funeral service for Mr. Houle on Wednesday, July 28th at 6:00pm in the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket. There will be a visitation period for Mr. Houle on Wednesday from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm prior to the service.