1932 - 2021
VisitationApril 29, 2021
Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St., No. Chelmsford, MA. 01863
FuneralApril 30, 2021
St. John's Evangelist Church, No. Chelmsford, MA 01863
Alexander W. “Jigger” Gervais 89, a lifelong resident of Chelmsford MA entered eternal life on Thursday, April 22, 2021. He is reunited with his wife of 60 years, the late Ann Louise (Pickard) Gervais. His spirit is carried on by his three children, seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, a surviving sibling, and an extended family of relations and friends.
Born in Westford, MA. The son of the late Alexander A. and Winifred (Pivirotto) Gervais. He was a member of St. John’s Parish in North Chelmsford.
He was a graduate of Chelmsford High School with the class of 1950. He was certified in Electronics at Lowell Technological Institute. He had a Radio Amateur License and a Massachusetts Real Estate Brokers license. He made the Dean’s list at MCC with a degree in Computer and Telecommunications Technology in 2001.
Al served in the U.S. Navy as a MN3c during the Korean conflict until his honorable discharge on August 16th 1954.
Al worked throughout New England as a Central Office Specialist for New England Telephone, Nynex, Bell Atlantic and Verizon for 44 years before he retired in 1998. He also served as Chief Steward for I.B.E.W. 2321 representing telephone workers in the Merrimack Valley. He taught courses in Analog switching systems in addition to managing the conversion of Central Offices to Step-by-Step analog systems in Chelmsford and throughout New England.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 313 North Chelmsford, MA, as well as a member of the Stony Brook Fish & Game Assn, Inc. in Westford MA where he served as Treasurer since 1985. The Stony Brook Al Gervais Function Hall was dedicated in his name to commemorate his generosity of service through the years.
He was a Town Delegate to the State Convention, member of the Chelmsford Town Committee and he was elected to represent precinct 8 at the Chelmsford Town Meetings since 1986.
He was a talented trumpet player, an avid sportsman, enjoyed real estate, ham radio, political science, camping, and working on his home and yard.
Al loved spending time with his family and friends and especially enjoyed his “summer home” in Cape Neddick, ME. He is survived by his children: Steven, Kevin (wife Kelley); Donna (husband Jack); sibling Robert (wife Pauline); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten.
Family and friends can celebrate Al’s life and visit with his family at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 Middlesex Street, No. Chelmsford, MA on Thursday, April 29, from 3 until 7 PM. Mass will be celebrated at St John’s Evangelist Church in North Chelmsford, on Friday, April 30th, at 11 AM. Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com.