Richard Joseph Gerlock, of Bridgewater, NJ, passed away peacefully, Monday, June 27, 2016, at his home with his wife Lucille and children by his side. He was a fun-loving father, devoted husband, and kind friend.
Richard was born December 29, 1934, in Yonkers, New York, to Anna and Joseph Gerlock. After Richard’s father passed, Anna married Spencer Webb and together raised Richard. He graduated from Gorton High School and Manhattan College with a BS degree in Chemistry. On June 2, 1961, he married his true love Lucille in New York, they were happily married for 54 years. He had an entrepreneur and adventurous spirit. He was an army veteran, worked for several European chemical companies as a Director of Sales & Marketing and founded GP Chemicals. His job at Hoechst brought him and his family to settle in Bridgewater for 49 years ago. He enjoyed working and was an avid sailor. He spent most of his weekends on the water sailing with his wife and family around Oyster Bay Long Island. He enjoyed playing and watching football and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his wife, Lucille, and four children, Richard Joseph Gerlock Jr. (wife Jana), Deirdre Igo (husband Kevin), Michael Gerlock (wife Leticia), and Meghan Canale (husband Jake); 10 grandchildren, Bridget, Michael, Claire, Amelia, Adam, Ian, Oliver, Brigid, Annabelle and Michael Jr. He is predeceased by his parents, Anna, Joseph and Spencer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 am, on Friday, July 1, 2016, at Saint Bernard Church, 500 Route 22 (Eastbound), Bridgewater, NJ. Mausoleum entombment to follow at St. Bernard Mausoleum, Bridgewater. Visiting hours from 7pm-9pm on Thursday, June 30, at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Avenue, Somerville, NJ.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Adult Day Care of Somerset County, 872 East Main Street, Bridgewater, NJ, (email@example.com).