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MIDDLETON - Gerald A. (Jerry) Guyer, of Middleton, formerly of Revere, passed away on December 24 at age 84 after a long illness. Adored husband of Janice M. (Abate) Guyer for 60 years, he was the devoted father of Wayne and his wife, Jean of Beverly, Keith and his wife, Lorraine of Grafton, and Eric and his wife, Katie of Georgetown. He was the proud grandfather of Andrew, Dylan, Ryan, Kasey, Kelly, Evan, Julia and Christopher; and brother of late sisters Grace Guide, Marilyn Neuman, and Ellen Powers.
Jerry was a true family man - a good husband, quiet, tremendously proud of his sons and grandkids, and always present for any friend or relative in need. He was proud of his Revere, Mass., roots, and never forgot where he came from. An accomplished football player, he excelled at Revere HS, Brandeis for a season, played while serving in the Army, and even had workouts with the Boston Patriots and Baltimore Colts. Rarely did Jerry miss a game played by his kids or grandkids.
He met his wife of 60 years, Janice, when both were in a wedding party. It took some time, but he graduated Northeastern while working nights as a part-time Revere cop. Soon after graduation he went to work in the electronics industry, and was a respected salesman his entire career at DeMambro, Schweber Electronics, Time Electronics, and Avnet.
Janice and Jerry moved to "Brigadoon" in Middleton in 1965 - long before it was fashionable. Relatives and friends from Revere and East Boston referred to it as "moving to the country" all the way up Route 1. As a homeowner he became adept with tools, and was capable of building or fixing almost anything. His favorite project was the enclosed screen porch/patio in which he spent many hours listening to the Sox and books on tape, sleeping, drinking gin and tonics with friends and family, and being tormented by squirrels eating his bird feed.
Jerry was passionate about horse racing and looked forward to visits to Suffolk Downs, Saratoga, and other tracks. He was also an avid gardener, and as big a Boston sports fan as anyone - particularly for the Patriots. He was a longtime season ticket holder (during the lean years), and for many years the three boys and Jerry would tailgate before and after Pats games. He swam laps and became a nutrition nut in his retirement.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Thursday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Route 114, Middleton, MA. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Adelaide's Parish, 708 Lowell St., West Peabody. Burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, complete information at www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 26, 2017
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