1943 – 2021
Putnam – Gerard J. Messier, Sr., 78, of School St., passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Matulaitis Nursing Home. He was the loving husband of the late Barbara J. (Heath) Messier. Born in Putnam on January 9, 1943, he was the son of the late Gerard and Viola (Dragon) Messier.
Mr. Messier worked for 39 years as a button polisher for U.S. Button, a job that he loved. He enjoyed listening to the piano player and playing bingo with his Matulaitis friends. Before he became ill, he looked forward to family dinner every Monday with his kids and grandkids. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and was a fixture in the bleachers, cheering them on for every school concert, award ceremony, baseball, basketball, football game and graduation.
Gerard is survived by his son, Gerard Messier, Jr.; his daughters, Valerie Schrump and her husband Donald of Putnam, Elizabeth Messier of Putnam, and Cheryl Piligian and her husband Robert of Putnam;; his grandchildren, Catherine and her husband Bert, Timothy, Heather and her husband Michael, Justin and his wife Angela, Jared and his wife Sarah, and Thomas; and his great grandchildren, Lucas, Xavier, Zachary, Amy, Matthew, Skyler, Kadyn, Lexi, Eli, and Trevor, as well as his Matulaitis family. He was predeceased by his son, the late Joseph Messier.
Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic, services are private and have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 200 Executive Blvd, Southington, CT 06489. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.