On December 2, 2018 our family lost its beloved patriarch at the age of 97 after he suffered a stroke in early October. He confronted this setback as he did all challenges in his lifeó with courage and resolve to beat the after effects, only to succumb to additional health complications.
Born January 6, 1921, in Swampscott, MA, he was the son of Dominic Pescuma and Mary Natale Pescuma. He was predeceased by both parents and his sisters Elizabeth Webster of Beverly and Florence DiLorenzo of Southbridge.
Gerry began his career as a machinist and gear maker at General Electric in Lynn but was quickly lured over to the United Shoe in Beverly, where he met his future wife Lucy DiVincenzo of Beverly. Gerry served proudly in the US Army during WWII and often told stories of his fellow servicemen with fondness and appreciation for their many sacrifices.
Shortly after his discharge from the Army, Gerry changed directions and went West to build houses in Vista, California just outside of San Diego with a friend of his. After a couple of years in California and learning of his fatherís death, he and his family moved back to the North Shore where he returned to his trade of gear making at Raytheon, while attending Wentworth Institute of Technology nights to further hone his craft. He ultimately settled in Salem where he and Lucy built their home and raised their family of three children. Gerry went on to co-found and build General Products & Gear Co, Inc. in Lynn and after losing the building on Broad Street in the ĎGreat Fire of Lynní in the 70ís, he moved the business to Peabody. His specialty in precision gear design was highly respected in the industry and he worked on numerous projects for NASA, USAF, GE, Raytheon and Mohawk Data Services. He reluctantly sold the business when he was 75 years old, after enjoying many years of successfully solving and completing extremely challenging design projects.
With the promise of a simpler, more relaxed life, he and Lucy sold their home in Salem and retreated to the peaceful, more rural area of West Newbury, where they shared a home with their youngest daughter Ann and her family. Loving the woods of Maine, Gerry gave himself a gift each year, when he left his business stresses behind and went deer hunting in Phillips, ME, where he became great friends with the proprietor of a hunting lodge and his wife. He also enjoyed the sport of fishing, which similarly provided him with a time for reflection and calm.
Beyond his pride and love for his business, he was most proud of his family of three children, seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. They always brought a smile to his face and a twinkle to his eye. His special love was for his wife of 70 years, Lucy. She was his rock in raising the family as he was building his business and he appreciated her love and dedication to their family immensely. Their shared love and enthusiasm for watching the Red Sox and Patriots play brought them much enjoyment. It was not uncommon to hear them either cheering or jeering their teams very vocally, often suggesting how they could do things better.
Lucy predeceased Gerry by four years and they were very lonely years, except when the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present.
Gerry is now with the love of his life. He leaves behind his daughter Maureen Armentrout and her husband Forrest of Danvers and their children Katrina Salka and her husband Derek of Newburyport, and Ryan Armentrout and his wife Jillian of North Grafton, and great-grandchildren Lily and Ronan Salka, and Cole and Quinn Armentrout. He leaves his son Thomas Pescuma of Texas and his children Michael Pescuma and his wife Erika Gold of Derry, NH and Lindsay Greenberg and her husband Darren of Amesbury and their children Zachary and Emma Greenberg. He also leaves his daughter Ann Monaco and husband Dennis of West Newbury and their children Jared Monaco and Tracy Fuller of Danvers, Braden Monaco and his wife Emily of Newburyport and Alivia Monaco of West Newbury and their children, Cruz and Beckham Monaco, Everly and Maeve Monaco and Daviana Stasio.
Private services will be held for the immediate family.
Contributions may be made in his memory to: Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., B102, Danvers, MA 01923.