Gaston Felix Bergeret
Gaston Felix Bergeret
  • February 6, 1923 - September 11, 2017
  • Ruckersville, Virginia

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Gaston Felix Edouard Bergeret, born February 6, 1923, of Ruckersville, passed away at the age of 94 on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:26pm with his daughter Pamela holding his hand at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Mr. Bergeret was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Wilma on May 28, 2015. Mr. Bergeret was born in Algeria a French Occupied Territory, when he was old enough he served in the Free French Air Force in Egypt and North Africa during WW-II. After the defeat of the Afrika Corps he was sent to the US to airfields in Alabama and Mississippi to train Free French, Polish, and other aviators in aircraft gunnery and other skills he learned the hard way. After the war he joined the US Merchant Marine so he could get back to the USA. He sailed to Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Arabian (Persian) Gulf. He also participated as a Merchant Seaman in Operation Chromite, the invasion of Inch'on during the Korean War, and the evacuation of the Chosin Reservoir survivors from the port of Hungnam in North Korea. Having married Wilma on February 11, 1951, about a year later he was able to stay on shore and leave the ships behind. He worked as a baker, until he was able to get an apprenticeship at the US Navy Brooklyn Navy Yard where he apprenticed and became a skilled tradesman in plumbing, pipefitting, and coppersmithing. When the Brooklyn Navy Yard closed in 1966 he took the family to North Olmsted, Ohio. He worked for the Ford Motor Company, Cleveland OH, at Engine Plant No.1/No. 2 and the Cleveland Casting Plant until his retirement after 25 years of service in 1991. He is survived by his younger brother, Jean-Jacques Bergeret, a married Son with 3 Children and 2 Great-Grandchildren. Daughter Pamela J. Bergeret-Peterson (Morris), Grandson’s Matthew W. Peterson (Johnesa) and William-Allen Peterson, Daughter Michelle M. Bergeret Simpson, and Granddaughter Damaris M. Bergeret Parker (Dominic) great granddaughter Riku W. Parker, great grandson Paul W. Parker and Granddaughter’s Francesca F. Bergeret Simpson and Sophia E. Gaez.

His wish was to be cremated and his ashes spread at sea over the Atlantic Ocean.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 14th at 1:00 pm at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlottesville, VA (

Cards may be mailed to PO BOX 8005, Charlottesville, VA 22906-8005

Family requests no Flowers but to have donations made to the Alzheimer's Association