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Gerard J. Dhooge
April 22, 2023
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Gerard J. Dhooge, age 68, of Milton, formerly of Dorchester, passed away April 22nd at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma). Beloved husband of Patricia M. Dhooge (Singer) of 43 years. Loving father of Gerard J. Dhooge Jr. (Milton PD) of Milton and Laura McBrien (Boston PD) and her husband Shaun of Hyde Park. Devoted grandfather of Leila Dhooge. Son of the late Eleanor and Eugene Dhooge. Brother of the late Eugene, Maureen, and Stephen. Gerard leaves behind many loving relatives and cherished friends.
He worked for many years as a Consultant for the Seafarers International Union and was the President of the Maritime Trades Council AFL-CIO. Gerard was a staunch and dedicated advocate for union members. A cause near and dear to his heart, Gerard started his career and got the political “bug” as a young man, helping run campaigns in Fields Corner, Dorchester. He followed his passion and went on to spend many years working with local, state and federal officials and organizations to advance union rights. Throughout his career, he developed many long and lasting friendships.
Gerard loved his work, but he was most proud of his family. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he was happiest spending time being with his family. Gerard was the rock of the family, always there to offer love, support, and guidance. A doting Dad and grandfather (“Da”), he lived for the simple pleasures. He loved celebrating birthdays and holidays, never missed a sports game and loved to cook for his family. He treasured his family trips to the Cape and to Disney. Gerard made the most of life, and never took a day for granted.
Gerard deeply valued his cherished friendships. Throughout his journey, he met many life long friends. Gerard loved his Fields Corner buddies, playing golf with his friends, his yearly boat trips with his “brothers”, and trips to Florida with dear friends.
He will be remembered for his warmth, intelligence, humor, and love for his family. He has now joined his family in heaven, where we know they met him with open arms with his favorite toast “Slainte.”
Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Wednesday 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Thursday morning at 10:30. Burial Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.