Captain Gerald O. Lesperance
Age 86, died January 27, 2017 at home in Aiea. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne T. Lesperance; daughter Michelle Lesperance; sons Stephen, David, and Kenneth; and grandson, Evan Lesperance. Gerald was preceded in death by their son, Andre. Jerry graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1952 and served with distinction for 30 years, including Korean War service. He served the 14th Coast Guard District as Chief, Aids to Navigation, and Chief Engineer. He also commanded the Coast Guard Far East Section in Japan. In addition to his Academy Engineering degree, he completed graduate work in Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned an MBA from George Washington University. Jerry was born in Gardner, Massachusetts. In 1954, he married Jeanne at the Pearl Harbor Sub Base Chapel. After his military career, Jerry was a Project Manager for the State of Hawaii, spearheading the Puna Geothermal and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Projects. He published a number of alternate energy articles and retired from the State in 1993. A devout Catholic, Jerry team-taught confirmation preparation classes with his wife. He was a Lay Eucharistic Minister and a Hospital Lay Ministry volunteer. He was an avid, lifelong waterman and continued to ocean swim several days a week well into his 80s. A private mass was held for immediate family. He will be interred at the National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) on February 24, 2017 at 1 pm, with a celebration of life reception to follow. In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations to St. Francis Hospice, Attn: Foundation Department, Box 29700 Honolulu, HI 96822, will be welcomed in his name.
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