Gertrude Isabel Byard

1928-2020 Gertrude Isabel (Bart) Byard passed away peacefully at home in Portland, ME on November 19, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was 92 years young. Born in Brooklyn, NY and always a city girl at heart, Gertrude spoke fondly of her early days working on Wall Street, shopping at Macy’s, and following the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Gertrude married George Byard in 1952. After a few more years in New York, the couple moved to Edison, NJ to raise their family. During this time, Gertrude was an active member of the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and served as a volunteer for many church and school related activities. Always an avid beachgoer, Gertrude had many fine memories of time spent on the beaches and boardwalks of the Rockaways and the Jersey Shore. Throughout her lifetime, Gertrude enjoyed traveling to many diverse destinations including Mexico, Spain, Canada, China, New Orleans, Utah, and California. Gertrude always enjoyed going to the racetrack to handicap the thoroughbred horses and she never missed an opportunity to indulge in the sights and sounds of the casino slot machines. In many of her gambling adventures, she was often far luckier than most.

After her husband’s retirement, Gertrude moved to the Rossmoor Community in Cranbury, NJ. During this time, she continued with her volunteer activities at a local hospital.

Some years after her husband’s passing in 1996, Gertrude moved to Portland, ME to be closer to her family. She enjoyed many visits, outings, and get-togethers (often including Maine’s fresh seafood) with her family in Maine and Massachusetts.

Gertrude is survived by her son, Richard Byard and his wife Lucile Merin of Auburn, ME, her daughter Laura Schofield and her husband Tom Schofield of Weston, MA, granddaughter Jillian Merrill and her husband Jason Merrill of Auburn, ME, and granddaughter Meredith Ivers and her husband Nicholas Ivers of Minot, ME. She is also survived by her two great grandchildren, Eliza Merrill and Ellison Ivers. Gertrude was pre-deceased by her husband George Byard, her brothers Charles, Donald and Joseph Bart, her sister Evelyn Carlsson, and niece Linda Carlsson.

A private burial service will be conducted at the Commander William Doyle Veterans’ Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ. A separate Celebration of Life ceremony for Gertrude will be planned for family and friends once public health conditions allow.

Gertrude’s family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the Beacon Hospice organization for their caring assistance during her final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration be given to a donation to the Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine, PO Box 1897 Auburn, ME 04211-1807


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Gail Dalsgard

November 30, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Byard Family. May you find comfort with the ones you love.I knew your family going to St Paul’s Lutheran Church.. Your mom was such a sweet women. Sending my condolences to your entire family. Gail Wittmer Dalsgard

Stan Saucier

November 29, 2020

Our condolences on the loss of your mom. We had the pleasure of meeting her shortly after she moved to Portland. We loved her stories of life in NYC! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Byard family during these difficult times.

Tina Nadeau

November 25, 2020

So sad to hear of Gertrude’s passing. It has been a little bit since I last saw her, but spoke to her less than a month ago. I remember her phone call and how happy I was to hear her voice. We had a conversation on how she had been doing, and how nice it was to hear from her, and how excited I was that I was going to see her! Unfortunately, that was our last conversation, but I am so overjoyed that I was able to talk to her, and catch up a bit. Gertrude was such a kind, gentle, enjoyable lady to have around. I will miss her! RIP Gertrude
Regan & Russell

anthony strodel

November 23, 2020

gertrude was a new friend of mine here at the park danforth. i found her to be a lovely , calming presence, but hadn't seen her lately due to the covid: we're a large apartment complex and we're all of us aware of protocols to keep well .my strongest condolences to gertrude's family. i will miss her. sincerely, tony strodel

Carrie Conte

November 22, 2020

Dear Laura, Rich and Lucy,
We received the news of Aunt Gertrudes passing through our dads caregiver. We are so sorry. Aunt Gurtrude was such a great lady( and our favorite Aunt!)
She will surely be missed-
Carrie, Bob and Sue


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