Gerald Leigh Fotter

October 5, 1950November 6, 2020

Gerald L. Fotter (Gerry) 70 of Belgrade Lakes passed away at the Alfond Ctr. for Health in Augusta on Nov.6, 2020 due to complications of Covid 19. He was born in Waterville on October 5, 1950 to parents Perham and Viviane (Gagnon) Fotter. Gerald graduated from Williams High School and the former Hinckley Prep School. He married his wife Rose-Marie (Rose) on Sept. 6, 1975 and they recently celebrated their 45th year of marriage. Gerry was employed at C. F. Hathaway in Waterville and then Statler Tissue in Augusta where he later retired due to a disability. Gerry was a very talented and passionate musician, playing only by ear and expressing his feelings through his music. Early in his career, he played at the Merry Manor in South Portland and moved to Waterville to play at John Martin’s Manor Restaurant and to be closer to his family. He played for a number of retirement parties and churches. In the past few years, he loved playing at the Rome Baptist Church in Rome and being a member of this very special church family.

Gerry was also an artistic craftsman, conceptualizing many of his crafts from items that others saw as junk. He enjoyed presenting his crafts at the fall and Christmas craft fairs and socializing with members of the community. He also enjoyed making Christmas wreaths with many people placing orders during the season.

Gerry was a very loving, caring, and generous man of character to all who knew him. His family was so important to him. He cared for his mother for over 18 years following his father’s death assuring that she was well cared for and attending to her needs until he was physically unable to do so recently. He had an engaging sense of humor and an infectious laugh and was always there for anyone who needed him. His sudden and quick loss has left a hole in our hearts but we have been blessed for having known and loved him. We know that he is flying high with the angels and worshiping his Lord and Savior.

Gerry is predeceased by his father and brother Philip Fotter.

He is survived by his wife Rose of Belgrade Lakes, his son, Scott and his wife Valerie and their three children, Ariana, Nathan and Lillian of Fairfield. His daughter Danielle Fotter and her partner Clint Southard of Palmyra. His 90 year old mother Viviane. Brothers Stephen and wife Linda, James and wife Karen, and especially Bruce Fotter and wife Betty of Warsaw, Indiana, and Peter Fotter and wife, Tammy of Rome (ME) who graciously were helpful, caring and supportive of Gerry in his is final weeks. Brother-in-Law Ron Daniels and wife Janet of Westbrook, brother in law Leo Daniel and wife Carol of Raymond and sister-in-law Anita Daniel of Westbrook. Many special cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who have known, loved and supported him. A special thank you to the Garofalos who were always there when Gerry needed them.

His family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Critical Care Unit at MaineGeneral especially Hayley and to Dr. Ranganath for the care provided to him.

A Memorial service will be held at a time of the family’s choosing. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home. Condolences and memories can be shared by visiting Gerald’s guestbook at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the RSU 18 (Messalonskee School District) Nutrition Program, Attn. Barbara Bonnell, 41 Heath St., Oakland, ME 04963 or the Rome Baptist Church, Attn. William Nourse, 20 Falcon Circle, Augusta, ME 04330



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Mary Shaw

November 30, 2020

To the whole Fotter family:
Verna keeps us updated with the Lynch Cove gang's happenings... and it was with deep sadness that she shared with the Prices the news of the passing of Gerry. While Gerry wasn't around us as much as the other "Fotter boys" in the summers at camp, we remember fondly the excitement of the family when "Gerry was coming out to camp" or when someone was going to listen to Gerry play, wherever he was playing! One thing we did know is that he brought a lot of love and laughter to the family and I can't imagine how much of a hole is left there without him. Our sincere sympathies to the Fotters. May your happy memories of Gerry run deep as you work through his loss.
Hugs to all, Mary (Price) Shaw

Janet Delile

November 14, 2020

My sincere sympathy to you Rose and the entire Fotter family. It is never easy to lose a loved one especially during these difficult times. Peace and love to you all.

Shirley Douin

November 13, 2020

It is such a loss with the passing of this kind, wonderfully talented man. It is with a heavy heart I say good bye to Gerry. I am remiss that I never asked Gerry to record me some of his music. It would not have mattered what the music was, when Gerry played you couldn't help but be touched! He played piano/ organ @ Rome Baptist church and his music was such a blessing, sometimes bringing tears as well as smiles. Gerry was kind, caring and a very sensitive man and cared for his mother for years. I want to tell his wife Rose what a blessing he was to me and my mom, Avis. He will be so missed but knowing he's in Heaven with God and not suffering from the effects of Covid anymore is the positive in this community and family loss. Good bye Gerry my special friend, Rest in Peace and may God bless you and be with your family thru this difficult and painful time.

Cheryl Longo

November 13, 2020

Rose and family - so sorry to hear about Gerry's sudden passing. My prayers are with you at this sad time.

Carol Gauthier

November 12, 2020

So sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful person full of joy and love. May you feel comfort in all the memories you have created during his life time. Take care of yourself during this difficult time.

Susan Cobb (Sabins)

November 11, 2020

Good bye dear, old friend. I will always remember growing up with you and the rest of the boys on Ayer Street. All the good times we all had & the trouble we would get into. May you dance with the Angels.

Debbie Karter

November 11, 2020

Dear Rose, Scott, Danielle and family, I am so sad and shocked to hear of Gerry's sudden passing. He was an exceptional person and wonderful man. I will always recall when we were neighbors and close friends enjoying time together, laughing, and listening to Gerry play the piano!! Through the years, no matter when I came in contact with Rose, and Gerry it was as if time had stood still and we were young again starting our families, looking toward the future, and sharing our life's stories. I will always remember Gerry as a kind, sympathetic, humorous, talented, and loving man. May your family heal from this loss while celebrating his life. Love, Deb Karter

Nancy & Corbin Findlan

November 11, 2020

We were saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Gerry. We have fond memories of the times we were blessed with his presence at the Belgrade Craft shows, playing music at various places or just seeing him at the town transfer station. He always had a smile and a kind way of just being. We are grateful he was in our life, however too briefly. Our prayers are with you as you grieve his passing.

Jerry and Cheryl (Cocco) Michaud

November 11, 2020

Gerry, I'll always remember the fun times we had at your house while in Jr. High. Your family was always so warm and loving and you sure were a large part of that. Your musical talent was so amazing....You weren't recognized nearly enough for that. Gerry, we were very saddened to hear of your death; may God Bless you. And, lastly, to those who loved Gerry, please accept our condolences and prayers, and God Bless you all. Rest in Peace, Gerry.

Thomas Karnes

November 11, 2020

Gerry you were a great classmate with a good soul and a kind heart. You will be missed. Tom K WHS Class of 68


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