SOUTH LAWRENCE — Gerald T. “Tiny” Guilmette, 66, passed away on Monday, November 12, 2012 after a period of declining health.
Tim was born, raised and educated in Lawrence and was the eldest son of the late Gerard A. and Catherine R. (Martin) Guilmette.
Tiny was an avid fisherman and hunter and had friends who he hunted and fished with from Labrador and Newfoundland to Idaho and Alaska. He was a retired Local 4 Heavy Equipment Operator, a licensed hoisting engineer and diesel mechanic. During the early ’70s Tim captained his own tuna fishing boat, the “Hustler,” out of Newburyport and caught many giant bluefin tuna. He worked on “the biggest catch" fishing vessels in Alaska and during snowstorms operated heavy equipment plows that helped keep Logan Airport up and running and opened up the roads to Plum Island after many blizzards in the late 1960’s.
Tiny was always available to help a friend in need; rebuild an engine or weld something together. He was a long time member of the National Rifle Association.
Tim is survived by his brother, Ronald J. and wife Ann Marie of Salisbury; sisters, Elaine C. Costello and husband James of Lawrence, Karen M. Guilmette of Lawrence, Paula J. Guilmette of Rowley, Judith A. Leccese and husband John of Stoneham, Catherine D. O’Dea and husband Arthur of Merrimac and twin sisters, Kim M. Fabrizio and husband Anthony of Hampstead, N.H. and Kerry Ann Guilmette of Lawrence. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Port Healthcare Center in Newburyport for their friendship and care over the past several months. Tiny loved you all! Thank you also to Fidelis Hospice and Palliative Care of Haverhill for their care and prayers.
ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral from The Diaz-Healy Funeral Home, 107 South Broadway, opposite St. Patrick Church, South Lawrence. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fidelis Hospice and Palliative Care, 25 Railroad Square, Ste. 501, Haverhill, MA 01832 or to the charity of one’s choice. Burial arrangements will be held at a later date.