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Rock Funeral Home

1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA

OBITUARY

Joseph R. Gendron

August 24, 1921September 30, 2019

Joseph Raymond “Monk” Gendron, 98, of New Bedford passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Beverly (Trudelle) Gendron with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Joseph A. and Marie (Proulx) Gendron he was a lifelong city resident.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church, New Bedford where he attended daily mass and was an usher and collector for many years.

Mr. Gendron served in the United States Army as a medic. His unit was in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge to name a few. He was at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp when it was liberated. He has many fond memories of the family he lived with in Luxembourg. They corresponded for many years after he returned to the states. He was a lifelong VFW Member. Five years ago, Joseph was honored with the Legion of Honor Medal. This is France's oldest and highest honor. Joseph was employed by the City of New Bedford as a supervisor for many years, retiring in 1981. He was responsible for all the solid waste pick up and many 24-hour days and nights of supervising the snowplow drivers. If you wanted to know where a street or landmark was in New Bedford, all you had to do was ask him.

While his children were young, he provided the yard where all the neighborhood children wanted to play. Many evenings in the summer, after work, he’d take a carful of kids to Mary’s Pond where he’d sit and read the newspaper while they swam.

After he retired, he turned the playground into a garden. He enjoyed growing vegetables, fruits and flowers, canning and giving away the fruits of his labor. Every spring, he and Beverly would provide daffodils to anyone who stopped by.

He and his wife enjoyed their many camping trips from Canada to Indiana to Florida. Affectionately known as Pepere to many, he dearly loved his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many foster grandchildren.

Even in his old age, he never lost his quick wit and sense of humor. He especially enjoyed teasing his CNA, Lori Sylvia. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

He is survived by two loving daughters, Jeanine Gawthrope and her husband Barry of Wrentham and Michelle Gendron and her husband Yahya Salim of New Bedford with whom he shared his home; nine grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Jason, Jonathan, Christopher, Nicole, Laura, Katelyn, and Adam; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Roland Gendron of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Raymond Gendron and the brother of the late Armand and Eleodore “Pete” Gendron, Lydia Goulet, Grace Lebeau, Jeannette Sylvia and Georgette Giroux.

His funeral will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9 a.m. from the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. Visitation will be Friday 4-7 p.m. For directions/online tribute www.rock-funeralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, October 5, 2019

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John Mier

October 4, 2019

I have known you my entire life, and you grew up with my dad. Every year when we came back to New Bedford, we visited you and your wife Bev. So many memories of you taking my dad and I on tours of new things in New Bedford, the hurricane wall, fire stations, schools, etc. Sometimes just sitting around your kitchen table sharing stories. Welcoming myself and my family into your home. All priceless memories!

Rob Gendron

October 4, 2019

One day I hope to keep an amazing garden like you did .... and I promise to make sure to keep up the tradition of lovingly reminding all the local kids “to get out of the garden”. :-)

Lenea Lima-Gendron

October 3, 2019

Gpep we will miss you tremendously, but know that now you are at peace. We love you.

LORI SYLVIA

October 2, 2019

he will be forever missed ❤️

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Joseph Raymond “Monk” Gendron, 98, of New Bedford passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 in St. Luke’s Hospital. He was the husband of the late Beverly (Trudelle) Gendron with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, a son of the late Joseph A. and Marie (Proulx) Gendron he was a lifelong city resident.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church, New Bedford where he attended daily mass and was an usher and collector for many years.

Mr. Gendron served in the United States Army as a medic. His unit was in Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge to name a few. He was at Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp when it was liberated. He has many fond memories of the family he lived with in Luxembourg. They corresponded for many years after he returned to the states. He was a lifelong VFW Member. Five years ago, Joseph was honored with the Legion of Honor Medal. This is France's oldest and highest honor.

Joseph was employed by the City of New Bedford as a supervisor for many years, retiring in 1981. He was responsible for all the solid waste pick up and many 24-hour days and nights of supervising the snowplow drivers. If you wanted to know where a street or landmark was in New Bedford, all you had to do was ask him.

While his children were young, he provided the yard where all the neighborhood children wanted to play. Many evenings in the summer, after work, he’d take a carful of kids to Mary’s Pond where he’d sit and read the newspaper while they swam.

After he retired, he turned the playground into a garden. He enjoyed growing vegetables, fruits and flowers, canning and giving away the fruits of his labor. Every spring, he and Beverly would provide daffodils to anyone who stopped by.

He and his wife enjoyed their many camping trips from Canada to Indiana to Florida.
Affectionately known as Pepere to many, he dearly loved his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many foster grandchildren.

Even in his old age, he never lost his quick wit and sense of humor. He especially enjoyed teasing his CNA, Lori Sylvia. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

He is survived by two loving daughters, Jeanine Gawthrope and her husband Barry of Wrentham and Michelle Gendron and her husband Yahya Salim of New Bedford with whom he shared his home; nine grandchildren, Robert, Matthew, Jason, Jonathan, Christopher, Nicole, Laura, Katelyn, and Adam; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Roland Gendron of New Bedford; and many nieces and nephews.
He was the father of the late Raymond Gendron and the brother of the late Armand and Eleodore “Pete” Gendron, Lydia Goulet, Grace Lebeau, Jeannette Sylvia and Georgette Giroux.

His funeral will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9 a.m. from the ROCK FUNERAL HOME, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 343 Tarkiln Hill Rd., New Bedford. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford. Visitation will be Friday 4-7 p.m. For directions/online tribute www.rock-funeralhome.com.