CARIBOU - Gerald J. Masse, 76, died Dec. 2, 2012, in Presque Isle, after a long illness. He was born May 24, 1936, in Van Buren, the ninth son of the late Alfred and Ozithe (Lajoie) Masse.
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He attended Van Buren schools until the 11th grade when he left school to help on the family farm. After marrying the woman of his dreams, Carlene J. (Ouellette) Masse, June 29, 1957, they moved to Connecticut to start their life together and raise a family. He lived in Connecticut and worked for his late brother, Anthelm Masse in construction for 20 years before moving his wife and family back to Maine. In Caribou, he was in a partnership with his brother, Gilman for 17 years, also in construction. Gerald loved working in construction and was respected by many in the field. After his retirement, Gerald was often called upon for his construction advice with various projects at hand. He was also an avid snowmobiler who purchased a total of 31 new Arctic Cat snowmobiles and who put on approximately 165,000 miles during his snowmobiling years of 1972-2007. He enjoyed his long trips to Canada with his friends, but he also enjoyed taking his family on snowmobiling outings. He was one of Caribou's first snowmobile trail groomers. Gerald was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He served as an usher for approximately 20 years as well as serving on the parish council. He was also a longtime fourth degree member of Fred V. Brescia Council 1870 Knights of Columbus. Gerald was also a longtime active member of Lions Club and served one term as King Lion. Most importantly Gerald was a devoted loving husband and father and grandfather.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 55 years, Carlene of Caribou; are three sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Connie Masse of Bowerbank, David Masse and significant other, Cathy Place, of Caribou, and Mark and Kimberly Masse of Sebec; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Kerry Staples of Hollis, and Tammy and Rodney Pooler of Caribou; three brothers and sisters-in-laws, Raynold and Leola Masse, Newman and Muriel Masse, and Gilman and Guilda Masse; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Geraldine and Gerard Cyr, Rena and Bob Dubay, Jeanine and Chanel St. Jean, and Claudette Milliard; former sister-in-law, Patsy Masse; eight grandchildren, Jessica Masse and Jenny Wohlfeil, Lance Masse, Olivia Staples, Logan and Luke Masse and Kyle and Renee Pooler; many nieces and nephews. Gerald was predeceased by Nelson Masse, Herman Masse, Yvette Cyr, Cecile St. Jean, Anthelm Masse, Delmar Masse and Pauline Maillet.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Parish of the Precious Blood, Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Masse may do so through Caribou Lions Club Scholarship at Caribou High School.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 4, 2012