Joseph Peter “Joe” Gervais, 65, a lifelong resident of Westford, died unexpectedly on October 2, 2023, while asleep in the home he proudly designed and built.
Born in Lowell on October 14, 1957, he was the son of Gena (Galassi) Gervais of Westford, and the late Aime J. Gervais. A graduate of Nashoba Valley Technical High School with the class of 1975, Joe was a standout hockey player and all-around athlete throughout his high school years.
He enlisted in the U. S. Army on August 22, 1975, serving with the Company B 52nd Engineer Battalion in Germany. Honorably discharged on August 21, 1979, Sergeant Gervais was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, and the Driver’s, Sharpshooter, and Rifle Expert Badges during his service.
He was a communicant of St. Mary Church of Chelmsford, and St. Catherine of Alexandria Church of Westford.
In 1987, Joe started his own business, Gervais Electric. For the next 36 years, he provided expert electrical services to both residential and business customers. He was also Assistant Wiring Inspector for the towns of Acton, Littleton, and Boxborough.
He coached Nashoba Youth Hockey for several years, served six years on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, and supported the Avon and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Three Day Walk as a member of the route safety team. He was a longtime member of the Frederick S. Healy American Legion Post 159 in Westford.
Joe loved hockey, but was especially passionate about the game of golf. Known to many as “Kid Kringle”, two of Joe’s most memorable golf accomplishments were achieving the ever-elusive hole-in-one on June 10, 2006 at the Townsend Ridge Country Club, and winning the Masters North Tournament in Brewster, MA. Dedicated to supporting his community, Joe never passed up an opportunity to host or play in local fundraising tournaments.
Generous to a fault, Joe was the guy to call if you needed help of any kind. While not a man of many words, he enjoyed the true and honest things in life – a strong work ethic, and deep devotion to his family and friends.
Along with his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Maria C. Gervais RN of Luther, Michigan, and Darcy L. Gervais of Dracut, MA; a sister, Carol J. Burke and her husband James of Mont Vernon, NH, a brother, George M. Gervais, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Sarah L. of Billerica, MA. “Papa” adored his three granddaughters, Mila M., Amy L., and Emily J. Rich. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
Visitation will be held at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, 107 North Main Street, Westford, on Monday, October 9, 2023, from 4 to 8 PM. His Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Alexandria Church on Tuesday, October 10, at 10 AM, followed by a ceremony of Military Funeral Honors. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Joe’s memory to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org), P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Arrangements are in the care of the MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Boulevard, Lowell. (978) 458-6841.