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Gerald Vincent Shahdan

Born: Thu., Jul. 14, 1949
Died: Sat., Dec. 5, 2020

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Gerald Vincent Shahdan, 71, of Assonet, MA, died December 5, 2020, at his home in Assonet, MA, after struggling with kidney and internal organ issues on and off for many years, he succumbed to a short battle with lung cancer.  At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his wife, Joan Shahdan (Berube) and their three daughters.

Gerry was born July 14, 1949 in Fall River, MA to Kaiser and Josephine Shahdan (Swidey). He grew up in Somerset, MA and graduated from Somerset High School as a member of the Class of 1967.  Gerry would go on to attend the US Coast Guard Academy for two years and would finish his Civil Engineering degree from UMass Dartmouth in 1972.  After meeting his bride to be, Joan, at Horseneck Beach, they married and for 46 years raised their family together. Gerry supported his family by being self employed as a general contractor.  He helped countless people construct anything from a small addition to the home of their dreams.  People often reached out to Gerry for his guidance, patience and leadership. In April 2005 he was in a life changing motorcycle accident.  While his way of life was greatly altered, he was granted 15 additional years with his family.  He took this opportunity to expand his educational knowledge and went into home design.  Gerry took advantage of this time by focusing on his family, especially his pride and joy grandchildren. Although limited to a wheelchair, no medical issue held him down or diminished his spirit.  He loved social gatherings and had the ability to tell great stories. Everyone was welcome at Giddoo’s pool for a quick swim, Lebanese meal or life lesson.

A cherished father who is survived by his daughters Coreen Mitschele (Douglas), Kate Latour (Peter) and Jessica Muldoon (John).  He will be dearly missed by his six grandchildren Alexandra and Amber Mitschele, Lucy, Edy and Mack Latour and Henry Muldoon; and countless nieces and nephews.  Loving brother to Marion Digiammo, Pauline Finlaw (deceased), Richard Shahdan, Ann Muller and Deanna Michalowicz. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, as well as, his large group of family and friends, a celebration of life will be held in the spring of 2021.


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Richard Tabit and family
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
Great folks - good friends of the Tabit family for many years. Sorry to hear this news and will miss his spirit.

Gina McCaffrey
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
Uncle Gerry's kind positive spirit will be greatly missed. His stories and humor will leave a giant hole in the family parties he enjoyed so much. I will also miss his perfectly rolled stuffed grape leaves at our get togethers!

Marion Digiammo
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
To the best brother anyone could have. Gerry you have devoted your life to family and friends. Family was the most important thing in your life. How you loved get-togethers both big and small. You made everything fun. Everyone was always welcome at your home. The door was always open! You have left a big void in all of our hearts. The legacy you leave is not due to money or fame but to an extraordinary love of life and The wonderful family that you and Joan created. You always made everybody feel good which is a very rare quality. We have all gained a guardian angel! May you rest in peace.

Ronald Nadeau
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
Gerry was a good friend you could depend on. His family meant the world to him. He was always willing to help, and advise me with all my projects. When I look at these projects they will remind me of the good times.
I will miss you my friend and the times we spent together. Rest in peace

Norm Belanger
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
Joan, Our full condolences to you and your family. Gerry has been a true friend since I first met him at the (Bin) Somerset bowling alleys over 55 years ago. An extremely bright and funny guy with an infectious laugh. He will be missed by not only the Class of 1967 but also by anyone else who knew him. He was such a sincere person who always responded to others in the same respectful manner.
Norm and Kathy Belanger

Lynn & Phil
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020

Our hearts are breaking because you were loved so much by so many.
Your kind heart, love of family, working with your hands, your sense of humor and sharp analytical mind were just a few of your great assets.
I will miss our cribbage games, naps, long talks, barbecuing, and The Sultans Tent.
All our love, strength and prayers to Joan, the girls and all the Shahdan family.
Rest in peace brother.

Al & Cecile Roy
   Posted Mon December 07, 2020
We would like to express our sorrow to the Shahdan family on the loss of their beloved Gerry. May his soul Rest In Peace.

Kelly DiGiammo
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Gerry was one of the kindest, patient, even keeled man I have ever met. He was so generous with his time and loved being with his family. It was evident how much he enjoyed his grandchildren..We will truly miss him. May he rest in eternal peace❤️🙏

Laurie Jackson
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Dear Joan,
I’m so sorry that you and yours are grieving at this time the loss of your husband. I remember Gerry’s kindness and tone of voice so easily just from the few times we gathered at your beautiful home. He was friendly and warm and he was fortunate to have you by his side. So dedicated. Sending you warmth and compassion from the bottom of my heart!

Frederic Mulligan
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Gerry and I were classmates at the Coast Guard Academy. We were fresh faced 18 year olds when we reported to the Academy in New London, CT for an experience like none other. He was a great friend and a loyal, fellow cadet. Some of my fondest memories are of him playing his guitar on the foredeck of the tall ship Eagle while at sea and rounding up unsuspecting pool players when we were in port. I had the pleasure of a Somerset visit for Kaiser's Kibbee and Sittu's pastry. As you all know, Gerry was quite a character and a wonderful person who embraced life to the fullest. I am sorry he is gone and extend heartfelt condolences to his family and friends

Deanna Michalowicz
   Posted Tue December 08, 2020
Words can't describe the sadness I feel in losing my big brother Gerry. Ever since we were teenagers I felt like he was my soulmate. I really looked up to him and in my eyes he was never wrong about anything. We had so many good times together all through life, including the many years my husband, children and I spent vacationing with Gerry and Joan and their family. He was such a lovable and fun person! His home was always open to anyone and everyone who wanted to come over - he loved having parties and family gatherings big or small. He was always there to help us with anything and everything from home repairs, to how to beat the odds in blackjack or craps in Atlantic City casinos, to building the home of our dreams. There was nothing he couldn't help with and was always willing to do so. Anytime you needed advice the solution was "Call Gerry." Such a knowledgeable, intelligent, gentle guy. Gerry had an incredibly positive attitude towards life. With all the problems he had in the 15 years he spent in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident, he never complained once and he never gave up on enjoying life. It's impossible to describe how much he loved his children and grandchildren. He would do ANYTHING for them! He leaves a huge hole in all our hearts that can never be filled. My heart goes out to Gerry's children and grandchildren for what they have lost in losing him. May he rest in peace - I know he will be our guardian angel in heaven just as he was to all of us here on earth. I will always miss you beloved brother.

Alan Hadad Jr
   Posted Wed December 09, 2020
Our condolences to the Shahdan family. My father Alan (Gerry’s cousin) always spoke highly of Gerry and his enjoyment of life. I got to reconnect with Gerry a few years ago and it was great to see him. My wife and he had a connection as their careers are in the same field. Rest in peace.

Alan Hadad Jr and family

Ann Muller
   Posted Wed December 09, 2020
My brother Gerry was not only a great guy, but he was a smart, funny, and a witty person. It was fun to be with him and in his company. He liked his family parties and celebrations, especially at his home and beautiful pool. He made everyone feel welcome. He was generous with his time and his help to those who asked. Gerry had a big heart. Because we were only one and a half years apart in age, we grew up pretty close together. I have many fond memories, as well as some crazy ones, of our childhood and teen age years growing up together. I could always depend on him, whether it was helping me in high school with a math problem or later in life when he would pick up or drop off Ron and me at the airport. It didn't matter if you asked him to bring us or pick us up at 1:00 pm or 1:00 am. He was always willing to do it. Gerry was always kind and helpful to my kids and grandchildren. I will never forget ALL the great Wednesday afternoons spent during the summer at his pool. Many afternoons there would be at least 12 kids, (as well as mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or friends) swimming, eating, playing ball, riding bikes, or even Gerry letting the kids drive his electric scooter up and down his long driveway. We will all remember these fun days spent with Gerry at the pool. We will always remember his kindness and patience he showed to all the kids and people. Gerry was a wonderful and selfless person. He loved and cherished his family and the times he shared with them. He always had a positive attitude towards life, even though he was basically confined to a wheel chair the past 15 yrs. of his life. This didn't stop him from participating and enjoying life to the fullest with his family and friends. I am grateful for the many great memories I shared with him throughout our lives and I will Miss You!!! It is with great sadness to say good bye to you, but it is time for you to rest in peace.
Love You!!

John E Pettine
   Posted Wed December 09, 2020
Kaiser, so sorry that we were no able to get together over the pass few months, say Hi to god for me, i hope to see you up there some day. Rest In Peace

Len and Janice Proc
   Posted Thu December 10, 2020
Len and I send our sincerest sympathy to Joan and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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