Gerard W. Masse
Gerard W. "Jerry" Masse 91, of Cranston died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday July 29, 2018. He was the husband of Anna M. Masse for 62 years. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts he moved to Rhode Island 55 years ago. He was the son of the late Ernest J. and Elizabeth (Cohen) Masse. He was the father of Robert Masse and his wife Gertrude, Donald Masse and his wife Gloria, and daughter Beth Masse. He was the brother of Richard Masse and his wife Sandra and was the brother of the late Dot Pelkey. He is also survived by his four grandchildren Shawn, William, Andrea, and Christopher. He enjoyed making chocolates for his family, friends, and neighbors. During his retirement he collected over 200,000 soda tabs to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. He was the former President of the bowling league at Town Hall Lanes in Johnston for over 30 years. He was also a President of the advisory board at the Cranston Senior Center and sat on their board for several years. Gerard retired from North Safety as a machinist 30 years ago after successfully completing boys trade school in Worcester. He was also a WWII Navy veteran. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30am in St. Matthew Church Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in St. Ann Cemetery Cranston. Visitation will be held on Thursday morning prior to the Mass in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston beginning at 9:00am. In lieu of flowers donations to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 would be appreciated.
Sue Rabinowitz - 07/30/2018
Sorry to read about Jerry’s passing. He was a wonderful man who cared about people. He and Anne were truly devoted to each other.
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Susan McElroy - 07/31/2018
My condolences to the Masse family. Grandpa was always so sweet and so special to my daughter Erin , and therefore special to me. I hope your memories bring comfort to all who knew him.
Beth Masse - 07/31/2018
I miss you dad and love you very much. I know your at peace now.
Anna Masse - 07/31/2018
62 years together. I'll pray for you and you can watch over me. Love you always.
Sandy and Ed Hill - 07/31/2018
Beth, Ann and family, so sad to say so long to ‘papa’! We will miss him very much! I especially will miss my M & M cups with the smiley faces that I know he took such pleasure in making for me and I definitely took pleasure in eating them! We can’t express our sorrow enough, but will always keep him in our hearts and have a good chuckle whenever we remember what a loving, sweet, kind and funny man he was! RIP ‘papa’! Love you ❤️
Gloria Masse - 07/31/2018
You will be missed Dad. Your loyalty to your family, unconditional love, and wonderful example of faith in God will never be forgotten.
Paula Haidar - 07/31/2018
I had the pleasure of supplier Mr. Masse with Can tabs and I was the happy recipient of the great chocolates he made which were devoured by my granddaughter. I am sad that I never made the time to have a coffee with him. You and your family are forever in my prayers.
Joan Elouadih - 07/31/2018
My deepest sympathy. Jerry was a wonderful man who cherished his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren. I remember the "Mystery Rides" he used to organize for the bowling league. He took great pleasure in making others happy. May he rest in peace.
Sage Perez - 07/31/2018
My sincerest condolances go out to this wonderful family. Sending prayers your way to get you through this difficult time and offer my support to the Masse family.
Kathleen Gibson - 07/31/2018
I still have my gold coin. Such a loving and caring man. He was loved. Anna, I am keeping you and your wonderful family in my thoughts and prayers.
Bob Masse - 07/31/2018
He was the best Father you could ever have.He did a lot of things with us. but most of all he made me the man I am today.
Carol Heron - 07/31/2018
Anna, Beth & Family: My deepest condolences on your loss. Jerry was definitely a great family man and friend. We will miss his chocolates, I'm sure he is already setting up to make them in Heaven! R.I.P.
John Caparco - 08/01/2018
My deepest sympathy to a wonderful family, especially Don & Bob, my woodworking students at Cranston East. A special thank you to Don for the safety glasses! May your memories sustain you and bring you comfort and peace.
Robin Heron Byrne - 08/01/2018
Mrs. Masse , Beth and family ~ My sincere sympathies on the loss of your husband / father. We was a kind and loving man.
Andrea Masse - 08/01/2018
Grandpa, no words can express how blessed I feel to have had you as my grandfather. I will forever cherish all of the wonderful memories I have and you will always have a special place in my heart. I miss you and love you.
Lori Chandronnet - 08/01/2018
My deepest condolences go out to your family. Sending prayers your way through this difficult time.
Marilyn Richards - 08/02/2018
Beth and family,
Thoughts and prayers to you and yours at this difficult time. Your dad lived a long and fantastic life and rest assured he is now watching over each and every one of you. He is no longer suffering and is surely in a better place, most likely where there is plenty of chocolate! May your memories comfort you and bring you joy in the times ahead.
Karen Fiorio - 08/02/2018
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a kind and generous man. May he rest in peace.
Cynthia Imondi Mitchell - 08/11/2018
If the heart of a person can be measured by the good words spoken by others about them, then Jerry, your heart must have been huge.My parents, Rita and Hank so loved receiving your letters and when they lived in RI, spoke often of how good you were to them.Rest in the heart of God now and know you made a difference here on Earth.And may your family be consoled.