OBITUARY

Gerald "Jerry" G. Magnan

March 12, 1944August 31, 2019
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Gerald “Jerry” G. Magnan, age 75, of Assonet, MA, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI.

Born in Providence, he moved to Idaho in 1971 and to Massachusetts in 1974 where he would live until his passing.

He was the son of the late George A. Magnan and Doris M. (Cook) Magnan.

Jerry worked as a Professor of Mathematics at Bristol Community College for over 48 years before his retirement and was awarded the BCC Professor Emeritus of Mathematics in 2006. He was a graduate of LaSalle Academy class of 1961 and went on to attend Rhode Island College where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a major in science and minor in mathematics in 1965 and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics in 1968. He received his Doctorate of Arts in Mathematics degree in 1973 from Idaho State University.

Jerry also taught for; Cranston West Junior/Senior High School from September 1965 to June 1966, Adult Basic Education at Cranston High School East from January to June of 1966, he was the Graduate Assistant in the Mathematics Department at Rhode Island College from September 1967 to June 1968, a part time Instructor of Mathematics at Idaho State University from September to December of 1973 and at Roger William University through various years in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was a member of various associations; American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC), New England Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (NEMATYC), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Bristol Community College Chapter (BrCCC) of Massachusetts Community College Council (MCCC)/MTA/NEA and was the Treasurer of BrCCC from 1976 to 1986. Jerry was an Ordained Minister through the Universal Life Church, Modesto, CA and a member of the International Odd Sockers, LaSalle Academy Alumni Association, RIC Alumni Association and the Idaho State University Alumni Association. At various times, he was a member of the Battleship Cove Yacht Club and a member of their Board of Directors for many years, and the Tiverton and Somerset Yacht Clubs. He was also a member of the Old Colony and Fall River Railroad Museum, the Fall River Marine Museum, the Providence, RI Fire Museum, the Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River and the Battleship Cove-America’s Fleet Museum, Fall River, MA.

Jerry had a great love for sailing and was a proud owner of a Sunfish, an O’Day Daysailer and an O’Day 19. For 20 years, he worked as a crew member on many of his friends sailboats and would partake in sailboat races. He enjoyed skiing in New England, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Europe and travelling to Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe and the Unites States. He was also fond of tennis, volleyball, reading, walking and dining with friends.

He was a member of the Rhode Island Air National Guard and Reserve of the US Air Force from June 27, 1966 to June 26, 1972. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He is survived by his life partner, Nancy Viveiros of Swansea, Sheilah Pacheco and her late husband, Manny and grandchildren, Joshua and Amanda, brother, Donald and his late wife Betty of Wallingford, CT, and one sister, Lorraine Hulton and her husband Chester of West Warwick, RI. He is also survived by his nephews, Christopher Magnan and David Hulton and his wife Nancy, Doreen Vandal and her late husband LTG Thomas Vandal, and Donna Horlbogen and her husband Scott. He was much loved by his many great nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Eric and Stephen Vandal, Aaron and Alex Horlbogen, Rachel (Hulton) Corey, Tyler and Nicholas Hulton, great-great niece and nephew, Emma Jane and Thomas Jeffrey Vandal and one cousin, Geri (McLaughlin) Leach. Jerry will be greatly missed by his many loyal friends.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 8:30 AM from Waring-Sullivan Home at Birchcrest, 189 Gardners Neck Road, Swansea, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Bernard’s Church, 30 Main Street, Assonet at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Burial will be private. Please honor Jerry with a random act of kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island at http://osdri.org or mail donations to 1010 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visiting Hours Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, September 5, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private

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Suzanne Buglione

September 4, 2019

So thankful for the legacy you’ve left at Bristol Community College Jerry, and all the lives you touched as an excellent educator.

Harvey Ussach

September 4, 2019

I humbly apologize for missing the visitation due to finding out late Wed.,--and the Thursday service--due to a medical procedure in the morning.
Jerry was great fun to talk with at some Professional Day events, or holding forth with pals at the snack bar area, or elsewhere on campus. He had humor and a nice way about him--well, maybe a bit snide at times--but good natured. He shared stories about my own brother Steve who lives in Westport and both their interests in sailing; or about the late Barbara Dubin who worked at BCC; or about things going on around campus.
I'm sad to learn of his passing. Much too soon.

Sandy and Keith Swartzendruber

September 4, 2019

Nancy and family,
Jerry was our neighbor for over 40 years. We could always count on him to tell us something quite interesting or funny, especially about his vacations! We will miss him.
Enjoy this one Jerry. You deserve it!

Jack & Jo-Anne Sbrega

September 4, 2019

What terrible news! Jerry was a very special human being. He loved his students, his discipline, and Bristol CC--a consummate professional. I could always rely on him for his sound judgment and advice. He was highly respected across the College community, Gerry was also a strong advocate for the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River and participated in many of our events.

Jerry will be sorely missed. We thank him for his stellar service.

Jack & Jo-Anne Sbrega

Linda Mulready

September 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I worked with Jerry at BCC He always took the time to chat and always made my day brighter. He was a devoted educator and exemplary colleague.

Elizabeth Hebert

September 3, 2019

Nancy, I was so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Father Fitzpatrick announced it at church on Sunday. Please know that I think of you often at this very sad time.

Michael Flanagan

September 3, 2019

You can learn a lot about a person as crew on a racing sailboat. Now imagine the privilege of crewing with Jerry on Professor John Majkut's "Weeble" over several summers. Jerry always strategic in planning the course and entertaining in banter with John our captain! Together with memories of Jerry's caring for colleagues and students here at Bristol CC one senses loss of a special friend and a shared 'Thanks' for the pleasure.

Chief Stephen Rivard, SFD (Ret)

September 2, 2019

I was saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. I remember when he and his family endowed a Fire Science scholarship at BCC in memory of their parents George and Doris Magnan. (Providence Firefighter George Magnan died in the line of duty on June 26,1961)
I will miss our conversations, his stories and most of all his friendship.
May he Rest In Peace.

Carolyn Selleck

September 2, 2019

Gerry was the neighbor next door to my mom that not only shoveled her driveway at 2am but would always come by to check on her but most importantly made her laugh and made her feel loved and important! Sorry for the run on sentence, but Gerry was a Math professor so all good. I loved his dry sense of humor and the way he loved those who were special in his life. My mom was one of those people. I especially loved how he was best friends and loves with Nancy Vievieros
Rest In Peace ... Jackie will welcome you 💕

Dr. James Griffith

September 2, 2019

I had the GREAT pleasure of working with Gerry while I too was a faculty member at BCC. He was a teacher's teacher and I learned from him. My long career at UMass thereafter was enriched.

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