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St. Hilaire, Gerard P., 2nd Lt.
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Home Town Lewiston, ME
Last Address Laconia, NH
Date of Passing Jun 10, 2010
Location of Interment Not Specified
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It is with a heavy heart that I post another of the Greatest Generation has left us. Gerard P. St Hilaire, WWII Veteran US, Army Air Corps Pilot, has passed away on his 88th birthday (June 10) at the Veteran's Home in Tilton, NH. Gerard was with the 459th Bomb Group, and 756th Bomb Squadron. He was actually shot down over Czechoslovakia on his 27th mission.
His family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand for this Hero at his final formation.
LACONIA -- Gerard P. St. Hilaire, 88, died June 10, 2010, at New Hampshire Veterans Home, Tilton.
He was born June 10, 1922, in Lewiston, Maine, to Elie and Josephine (Grenier) St. Hilaire. He lived in Melrose, Mass., before moving to the Lakes Region 26 years ago.
He graduated from Boston University. He was a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was shot down over Czechoslovakia while on his 27th bombing mission. He was rescued by partisans, staying with them for three months.
He had been employed at United Carr/Division of TRW, in Cambridge, Mass., for more than 33 years, retiring in 1984.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church. He loved all sports and was an avid golfer. While in high school, he played football, baseball and hockey. He loved to watch the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
IN HIS LIFE: Mr. St. Hilaire is survived by his wife of 37 years, Margaret "Peggy" (Flagler) St. Hilaire of Laconia; a brother, Roland, and several nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Mr. St. Hilaire was predeceased by four brothers, Lauzard, Rolando, Maurice and Lucin and by two sisters, Gaetan Begin and Jean Waugh.
SERVICES: Calling hours are Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lakes Church, 50 Washington St., Lakeport. Burial will be in New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, Thursday at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton 03276 or to Beacon Hospice, 70 Commercial St., Suite 400, Concord 03301.