Gerard J. Morin, 77, of Brimfield, died on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at his home following a brief period of declining health.
He leaves his loving wife of nearly 57 years, Janelle N. (Odiorne) Morin; four daughters, Shirley McGann of Phoenix, AZ, Sheila Browne and her husband Dean of Palmer, Sharon Morin of Brimfield, and Shelley Smith and her husband Steve of Hudson, NH; four grandchildren, Austin and Taylor Browne, Thomas Lynds, and P.J. Smith; two sisters, Cecile Smith and Anne Guay; four brothers, Robert, Richard, Donald, and Paul, as well as many friends. He was born in Palmer, son of the late Lionel and Lucy (Gothier) Morin. He grew up in Warren on the family farm and then moved to Brimfield where he and Janelle have been for the past 54 years.
Gerry was well known around Brimfield where he served on the Conservation Commission for several years, as well as on the Board of Selectman. He and Janelle owned and operated Indian Hill Farm since 1967. A Holstein Dairy Farm for decades, and later converting to raising beef cattle, Gerry was always busy with the farm, and continued to grow and harvest hay. Around the farm, there was always work to be done, or repairs to be made. He loved animals, and cared that they were taken care of. If a neighboring farm was short on hay, Gerry was always willing to share what he had. He had a fondness for forest management, logging, and stone wall preservation. Although he never actually ever retired, it was in his later years that he was able to enjoy playing cards, craps, and traveling to the casinos. He and Janelle often traveled to the local casinos to try their luck, as well as to Las Vegas, where they were able to enjoy their time during those special get-a-ways together.
He loved his “girls,” and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all of them.
Calling hours for Gerry will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 from 9 to 11AM in the Varnum Funeral Home, 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield. Following the calling hours, a Graveside Committal Service will be held in Brimfield Cemetery at 11:30AM, where he will be laid to rest. Face coverings and social distancing guidelines must be followed while in the funeral home and at the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either the Brimfield Ambulance Service, the Brimfield Fire Department, or the Brimfield Police Department, 34 Wales Rd., Brimfield, MA 01010.
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Brimfield Ambulance Service, the Brimfield Fire Department, or the Brimfield Police Department
34 Wales Road, Brimfield MA 01010