OAKVILLE – Mr. Gerard H. Cyr, 85, passed away peacefully after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, June 1, 2018. He was the devoted husband of Louise (Pennoni) Cyr.

Mr. Cyr was born on Feb. 24, 1933, in Waterbury, son of the late Henry and Blanche Ouellette Cyr. He began his career that spanned 44 years at Farer News which later became Yankee News, retiring as a manager. Jerry was a loving man with an unusual sense of humor. He was a master craftsman who could build or fix anything, furniture was his specialty. His legacy will continue through the generations as he taught those skills to his children and grandchildren. Jerry was a classic car enthusiast and owned and restored several classic cars. He was a longtime member of the Roaring 20s Car Club and Connecticut Historical Automobile Society (CHAS). Jerry enjoyed road trips to Vermont and traveling to Las Vegas. Most of all, Jerry was a family man who loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. His passion for the holidays was second-to-none. Jerry designed and built several Christmas Villages and award-winning displays and Christmas Trees.

In addition to Louise, his wife of 27 years, Jerry is survived by his sons, Ricky G. Cyr and his wife, Sharon L. Friedman, of Waterbury, Donald A. Cyr and his wife, Joan Marie, of Oakville and Thomas G. Cyr and his wife, Deanna R., of Southbury; his daughter, Catherine C. Reed and her husband, William, of Wolcott and Dina D. Terrell and her husband, Wayne, of Middlebury. Jerry also leaves his stepchildren, Charles E. Smith Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Las Vegas and Laura Monti of Southington; his grandchildren, Katie, Emily and Melanie Reed, Hannah Cyr, Samantha and John Henry Terrell, Jake and Haley Smith and Zachary and Anthony Monti; as well as several generations of nieces and nephews and many close friends, including George Telesco and his wife, Dyanne, of Waterbury. Jerry was predeceased by eight siblings and his stepdaughter, Amy Lynn Smith.

Jerry’s family would like to thank his excellent caregivers for their exceptional and compassionate care.

The funeral will be on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. from Maiorano Funeral Home, 95 Willow St., Waterbury, to SS Peter and Paul Church for a Mass at 11 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Family and friends may visit with the family on Wednesday morning from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name may be made to LBDA, Lewy Body Dementia Associations, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or online at lbda.org/donate

For information or online condolences, please visit www.maioranofuneralhome.com