GERACE, Harry L., Sr.- Of Bedford, formerly of Chelsea, June 14th. Devoted husband of Ruth M. (McCarthy). Beloved father of Francis X. Gerace and his wife Martina of Winchendon, Harry L. Gerace, Jr. and his wife Mercy of Revere, Brian K. Gerace and his wife Donna of Attleboro, Helen A. Gerace of Amesbury, Joseph A. Gerace and his wife Ute of Jacksonville, NC, Marion R. Jones and her husband Anthony of Wakefield and the late John J. Gerace. Brother of Jane H. Benduzek of Weymouth. Also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, on the campus of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea on Monday, June 29th at 10:30 AM. Services will conclude with interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Patient Activity Fund, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730,
Born in Medford 87 years ago, Harry passed away at the Veterans Hospital in Bedford where he had been a resident receiving supportive care for the last 16 years. Harry received his education in the Medford School System then matriculated to Middlesex Community College where he received an associates degree in Liberal Arts, He served 3 tours with the United States Marine Corp. spanning the early 50's to 1962. A member of the 1st Marine Division Association, he was also a member of the DAV. Prior to Bedford, he resided at the Chelsea Soldiers Home for over 15 years. During his working years, he spent a total of 20 years working for the City of Medford, first with the Department of Public Works and then as a custodian for the Medford schools. After his employment in Medford, he worked for the New England Aquarium until his health forced him to leave.
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