Gerald Roger Brosseau, 63 of Derby, Vermont died Wednesday, June 4, 2015 at his residence following a period of declining health.
Born June 5, 1951 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Orville Entiene and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau .
Gerald graduated from Northeast High School, class of 1969 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and subsequently Miami-Dade College in the field of Funeral Directing and Embalming. Gerald was married to Margaret Ellen (Brundage) Brosseau on April 19, 1980. Gerald was a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in New Hampshire and Florida. He proudly served on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Funeral Directors’ Association for many years, holding the position as Treasurer until his death.
Gerald was the CEO and a co-founder of Always On Call Answering Service, LLC, an award winning company based in Concord, New Hampshire. In his position, he developed a niche to provide specialized services to funeral professionals as an extension of their business. Prior to becoming a funeral director,
Gerald was an accomplished chef, restaurateur, writer, including being a radio announcer at WFTL Radio in his teenage years, earning the coveted Silver Mic Award at the age of 14. Gerald also enjoyed his time as an owner of a successful dairy farm in Troy, Vermont.
Gerald was an Ordained Christian Minister and dedicated his life to helping others. He was recognized for many years as Santa Claus for the Shriner’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida and for the Stranahan House, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His memberships include Lodge #249 of F&AM, Sebring, Florida; Mahi Shiners, Miami, Florida; Scottish Rite, Valley of Lake Worth, Orient of Florida; York Rite Bodies, Lauderdale Council No. 24 Royal & Select Masters, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; PWOS of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Judea Shrine No. 14, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Order of the Eastern Star, Tri-Gate Chapter No. 276, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Loyal Order of Moose; and the National Funeral Directors Association.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Katharine (Heintzelman) Brosseau. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; son, Gerald R. Brosseau, II and fiancé, Vicki Lopez, grandson, Braiden of Cape Coral, Florida and son, George J. and Heather Brosseau of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire; godson Dakota Brosseau of Jeffersonville, Vermont; sister, Gisele Phipps of Maine, and brothers Richard Brosseau and George Brosseau of Vermont and Texas, respectively, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The Family has asked that memorial donations be sent in loving memory of Gerald to The Shriner's Hospital for Children - Tampa, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607-1460
Loyal Order of Moose
National Funeral Directors Association
Order of the Eastern Star
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
White Shrine of Jerusalum
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