September 22 2019

Obituary: Family Man and Supporter of Burlington Athletics Gerald (Gerry) Patrick, 88


A beloved family man and longtime supporter of Burlington athletics and Scouts passed away. 

Gerald V. Patrick, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away peacefully with his family at his bedside on Friday, September 20. He was 88 years old and a 62-year resident of Burlington. 

Gerry was born in Lowell and was one of 6 children born to John and Alice Patrick. He grew up in Lowell and Dracut. He attended St. Michael’s School and graduated from Keith Academy. After high school, Gerry joined the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves for 3 years.

Gerry went on to work for Raytheon for 40 years where he held a wide variety of positions in multiple locations. When he retired he was working in logistics for the company’s missile systems. The best thing about working at Raytheon was that he met a coworker, Jean LaTorraca, whom he eventually married in 1955.

Gerry and Jean built their home in Burlington in 1957 and ever since has been active in his church, community, and youth sports. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Margaret’s Church where he served as an usher, was a church volunteer at a Lowell soup kitchen, assisted with First Holy Communion, and was a member of the Holy Name Society.  

He loved the outdoors and sports. He played baseball, skied, camped, skated, hunted, volleyball and was a passionate golfer.  

He coached baseball, was a Cub Scout leader, and was a Past President of the Burlington High School Athletic Booster Club.  He volunteered for almost 20 years as a ski chaperone for Burlington High School Ski Program. 

“You could always find Gerry on the sidelines supporting all his children as they competed in baseball, softball, wrestling, cheering, hockey, and golf,” his obituary reads. “Gerry loved watching the Red Sox, Patriots but most of all the Bruins, always surrounded by his family.”

Gerry was also a talented woodworker and made wooden models of WWII planes that were displayed at the Burlington Public Library. 

Click Here to read his full obituary from Sullivan Funeral Home.


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