Gerard F. Trudeau
Gerard F. Trudeau
MIDDLEBURY — Gerard “Jerry” F. Trudeau, 83, a life-long resident of Middlebury passed away in comfort with his family present on September 8, 2013.
Gerard was born August 11, 1930, in Hartland, VT, son of Paul L. Trudeau and Cornelia H. Trudeau (Herrington).
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn Willis Trudeau; his daughters, Michelle Trudeau of Bristol, VT, and Nicole Trudeau Doolan of Derry, NH; his son, Mark A. Trudeau of Middlebury, VT; five grandchildren (Keara and Haleigh Doolan; and Jesse, Andre and Jack Trudeau); brother, Paul Michael “Mickey” Trudeau of San Jose, CA; and sister, Patricia Trudeau Pascoe of Fallbrook, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
To know him like his family knew him was to unconditionally love him, for those who first met him might misunderstand him. He had a unique and very funny, dry sense of humor. Although he came across as all-business to the outside world, his family would describe him as a very proud, honest, sincere, selfless, hard-working, sensitive, generous, and kind man with great integrity. He loved to look you in the eyes, give big bear hugs, and had a very firm handshake.
Most everyone called him Jerry, but he was also known as Dad, Mr. T, Brud, and Grampy. Some of his favorite sayings were, “make it happen, it is what it is, carpe diem, and hugs-n-love.” His devotion to his family was unprecedented. Family trips were enjoyed in Maine and Montreal.
He loved to ballroom dance and listen to music from the 30’s and 40’s. Enjoying fine foods and going to new restaurants was especially fun for him.
Throughout his adult life, he worked tirelessly on conserving both Middlebury and Fern Lake as beautiful and undeveloped places to live.
He was an avid reader and had a strong interest in local and world news and politics.
His professional associations and clubs included The American and Vermont Bar Associations; The American and Vermont Trial Lawyers Associations; The Vermont and National Associations of Realtors; Past President of Addison County Bar Association; National Academy of Conciliators; Certified Department of Real Estate Mediator (N.A.R. Approved). He was a 45-year/life-time member of American Legion Post #27 and of VFW Post #7823 in Middlebury; and a 43-year member of the B.P.O.E (Elks) Lodge #345, in Rutland.
Jerry was a “true and genuine” Vermonter, with a general construction background. He was also an ex-journeyman and electrical lineman. He attended Middlebury High School.
He served two years honorably in the Army from 1946 to 1948 as a Rifleman in Korea.
He graduated from Middlebury College in 1955. He went on to obtain his law degree and graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1957. Ongoing education was an integral part of his life. He continued to take/attended law, real estate and business seminars/courses until he let his licenses lapse in July of 2013. In his 70’s, he even attended a Portuguese course at Middlebury College.
In 1958, he established his law firm as a sole-practitioner in Middlebury, VT, and had an active and diverse law practice for 35+ years. He specialized in civil litigation, real estate and business law. Jerry spent untold hundreds of hours over the course of his law career on an unpaid/pro-bono basis. He was an independent and non-political advocate (ombudsman) for local and state civic betterment. He had a profound interest in the unification of Vermont Courts, and in the reform of the Vermont judicial system. He also advocated improving the ethical and education standards for the Vermont Bar Association. Besides his law career, he owned The Maple Manor Motel in Middlebury and other apartment complexes.
Jerry founded The Equitable Arbitration Services, LTD. This business was started by him to help clients seek alternative methods to eliminate lengthy litigation through court proceedings for any legal matter.
Later in his career, Jerry became a licensed real estate broker-realtor and opened his own real estate business. He was Realtor of the Year in 1992.
Gerard’s family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Allan Eisemann and his oncology team at Rutland Regional Medical Center-The Foley Cancer Center; to Dr. Mark Stickney and his staff; to his team at Addison County Home Health & Hospice; and to all of the staff at The Lodge at Otter Creek for their extraordinary fine care, and for their dedication and devotion to their professions.
A private (family only) interment will be held.
In lieu of a memorial service, those who wish to pay their respects to the family are invited to The Lodge at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd., in The Founder’s Room, Middlebury, VT, on Saturday, September 14, 2013, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Rutland Regional Medical Center - The Foley Cancer Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, VT 05701; or to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Online condolences may be made at www.sandersonfuneralservice.com