Gerald J. Margand
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Gerald J. Margand
  • July 16, 1925 - August 25, 2017
  • New Hampshire

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Gerald J. Margand, 92, of Richmond died at Applewood Rehab Center Aug. 25, 2017, following a long illness, with his wife and daughters at his bedside. He was a retired teacher from Long Island who had moved to New Hampshire in 1993.

He leaves his wife of 25 years, Catherine (Cummings) Margand, his daughter, Clare Margand, his daughter, Nina Margand, and his son, Peter Margand, all of Richmond; and his stepson, Paul Cummings of Keene. He lost another son at birth, James Quentin Margand, in 1992. He was predeceased by his wife of 29 years, Margaret (Carlin) Margand of Centereach, N.Y., who died in 1986, and leaves behind their children, Paul Margand of New Jersey, John Margand of New York, Mary (Mrs. Mark) Miller of Richmond, Christopher Margand of Washington, D.C., Virginia (Mrs. David) Kirby of Virginia, Edward Margand of Virginia and Sister Elias (Meg) OCD of New Jersey; 26 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. His only sister, Lucile Margand of Queens, N.Y., predeceased him in 1995.

Gerry was born in New York City, the only son of Gerald F. Margand and Katharine (Regan) Margand, and was raised in the Bronx where he attended Holy Spirit Catholic School and the Bronx High School of Science. After a brief stint in the New York State Guard, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University in 1947. After another brief stint in the U.S. Merchant Marines, he spent a year in the Jesuit seminary at St. Andrew-on-Hudson before deciding that his vocation was for marriage, as well as for teaching. He met his first wife, Peggy, at Hunter College in New York City where he earned his M.S. degree in education in 1960. He later attended St. John's University in New York City, pursuing a Ph.D. in education.

While raising a large family with Peggy, he taught on Long Island for over 30 years at the Connetquot Central School District, principally 5th and 6th grade, until he retired in 1989. After he was widowed he bought some land in New Hampshire, and decided to build a house and a new family with his second wife, Catherine, whose family were old friends of his when they lived in the Bronx. In his retirement he taught algebra, Latin and literature for a few years for the IHM School at nearby St. Benedict Center in Richmond until arthritis slowed him down. He loved watching John Wayne movies and listening to (and singing baritone in) barbershop harmony, and was ever quick with a joke or a smile. He spent much of his later years reading, writing letters to the editor, and saying many prayers for friends, family and country.

A lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, and a serious traditional Catholic who attended the Latin mass, Gerry was involved with many pro-life efforts. Very patriotic, he was much concerned about the decaying religious faith of America, and closely followed local and national political issues. He never wavered in his faith, and spent hours in prayer each day. His favorite Latin phrase was "Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus," which he was willing to explain to any and all who would listen. He said many rosaries in pious devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in Whom he placed his trust when he died.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home, 33 Marlboro St., Keene. A traditional Latin funeral mass will be held at St. Stanislaus, 80 Richmond Road, Winchester at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, with a brief time of visitation at the funeral home from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the service. Committal prayers will conclude services on Saturday, Sept. 2, at noon at the family lot at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 West Stevens Ave., Hawthorne, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, a mass or a rosary for Gerry's soul would be appreciated.