Linda A. Gaudet

February 25, 1944February 21, 2021

Linda A. (Dawson) Gaudet, age 76, of South Dartmouth, passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at St. Luke’s Hospital just four days before her 77th birthday. She was the beloved wife of Ronald Gaudet with whom she shared 55 years of marriage. Born in Medford, she was the daughter of the late William Oliver and Isabella Winifred (Smith) Dawson.

Linda was a graduate of Medford High School, class of 1961, and she also graduated from the Chandler School for Women. Ron and Linda met at her first job at the First National Bank of Boston where she was a secretary for an Executive VP. She was a retired secretary of Conservation for the Town of Lexington and CCD secretary for St. Brigid Church.

Linda kept very busy and made many dear friends since retiring and moving to South Dartmouth in 2004. She always looked forward to the meetings of the Padanaram Acres Book Club and Mahjong Group. She enjoyed taking art and theatre classes through Second Half and going to water aerobics classes at Healthtrax or the YMCA. Linda loved to travel. Vacation highlights include a cruise to Alaska, visiting her sons stationed in Hawaii, Paris, visiting England with her sister and a riverboat cruise in Amsterdam during tulip season. Linda gave generously to many charities and always supported the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Duck Derby. In 2012, she bought several ducks to race in the derby. The duck she named Madge, after Ron’s mother, came in first. She won a dinner for two, anywhere in the world. Linda and Ron turned this prize into an amazing trip to Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, Linda and Ron celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a family vacation to Rome. Linda was a member of the Savin Hill Yacht Club and the Beverly Yacht Club. Linda loved sailing and cruised from Maine to Long Island on her sailboat, Bittersweet, the family’s pride and joy. Buzzard’s Bay and the islands were her favorite cruising ground and a swim in Hadley’s Harbor always put a smile on her face. Linda was known to keep the house fanatically clean and delighted in displaying her nutcracker collection at Christmastime. Those on her Christmas card list always received a beautiful, personalized note. Spending time with her family was priority one and she will be deeply missed more than words can express.

Survivors in addition to her husband Ronald, are her two sons, Ronald Gaudet and his wife Paula of Old Lyme, CT, and Bryan Gaudet and his partner Scott Tetreault of Warwick, RI; her brother, Donald Dawson and Jan Parnie of South Carolina; her sister, Marilyn Primrose of Florida; two grandsons, James Gaudet of Old Lyme, CT, and Richard Gaudet and his wife Lauren of Wethersfield, CT; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, William Dawson.

Arrangements are in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME AT DARTMOUTH, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748. Visitation date and time are still to be determined. Due to CDC COVID-19 guidelines restricting indoor numbers, the memorial service that will follow visitation is private. Burial is also private. For online tributes please visit our website at: Linda had a long list of charities she would contribute to. In lieu of flowers, we have chosen two of her favorites. Donations can be made in her honor to the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, at or the Make A Wish Foundation


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Leslie Ware

February 27, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Ron and the family. Linda was such a kind and gentle person, devoted to her family. Sailing with them, was her greatest joy. I have so many wonderful memories of sitting around their kitchen island, enjoying a Dark & Stormy, along with a fantastic meal prepared by Linda. Such great stories always filled with laughter. I couldn't ask for a better neighbor, who was always there for me, when I needed help. I could always count on her to check in on me, by phone, or showing up on my doorstep with homemade bread or a casserole. She will be sorely missed, by everyone who knew her. Rest in peace, Linda. You will live on in our memories.

Judy and Dick Kilroy

February 25, 2021

Very sorry to hear about this. Our prayers are with Ron and the rest of the family. Will miss Linda at many functions we have had at the Beverly Yacht club particularly pub night. Stay safe all

Charlie and Carol Brown

February 24, 2021

Oh Linda! So very unexpected and sad! Ron, our hearts go out to you and the family. May she rest in eternal peace. Fair winds and following seas..

CHarlie and Carol Brown

Jean Vairy

February 24, 2021

We had the pleasure of meeting Linda and family when visiting our son and family In Davie
Only happy memories of our meting as Linda was most kind and made us welcome
I am sure she will be sadly missed by all her family thinking of you all at this sad time Jean and Frederick

Charleen Gallagher-Cherwek

February 23, 2021

I’m so sad to here about Linda’s passing. She was such a lovely person! Our prayers are with you all during this sad time!! Thinking of you!