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Gerald H. LePrevost, 87, of East Center Street in Lee, passed Thursday morning at Berkshire Medical Center with his family by his side after a brief illness.
Jerry was born in Pittsfield on June 18, 1936, the son of Henry LePrevost and Lucille Sohles LePrevost Bernasconi. He attended Lee schools and was a 1954 graduate of Lee High School.
Jerry enlisted in the Air Force in 1955 and rose to the rank of Airman First Class. He was honored with Crew Chief of the month for the F86 Fighter jet and was stationed in Okinawa for most of his military career.
Jerry graduated from auto mechanic school in Chicago in 1958. After graduation, he worked at Conn LePrevost’s garage for several years before joining his father, Henry, at Henry’s Electric in 1960. Eventually he worked alongside his brother Jack as the business expanded. His sons, Scott and John, joined the business in the early 1980’s. They were fortunate to work under his guidance for many years before he retired in 2005. In addition, he owned and operated Lee Laundromat for over 20 years. Not one to sit still, he also owned and rehabilitated several apartment buildings in the Town of Lee.
On May 28, 1960 he married the former Sandra Seff. They were married just short of 60 years when she passed on July 13, 2019. They were blessed with 5 loving sons: Scott and his wife Jane, John and his wife Letitia, Timothy and his wife Janice, Jeffrey and his wife Jenifer, all of Lee, Mark and his wife Lisa, of Williston, VT: 12 grandchildren: Nicole (Derek Pingitore), Jacob (Victoria), Tim Jr. (Amelia), Julie, Jason, Jenny, Mathew, Michael, Taya, Brendan, Madison, Conn and 2 great grandchildren: Kaiya and Nalani; His brother Jack LePrevost and his wife, Carol and his sister Kay Bauer. Besides his wife Sandy and his parents, he is also predeceased by his brothers-in-law Bob Whalen and Ron Bauer.
Jerry was very active in the Lee community. He served on many town boards, Traffic Commission, downtown development and was a town representative for years. He was a 57-year member of the Lee Kiwanis and was involved in all of its programs. This included 25 years with the Lee High House Building Program. He was a member of the Freemason Lodge of Lee for over 50 years. He was a lifelong member of the Lee Sportsmen’s Club and enjoyed many of their events with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and was fortunate to be able to spend time with his children on hunting and fishing trips. In celebration of his 87th birthday he and his 5 sons went striper fishing off the Cape and had a great time together and made some special memories. He traveled as far as New Brunswick Canada with friends on hunting excursions and to this day they remained steadfast companions. He was instrumental in helping to build a log cabin hunting camp on Beartown Mountain where he and his family spent many weekends hunting and snowmobiling with Tinker and his family. In his later years he became an enthusiastic golfer and his time on the golf course was something he looked forward to throughout the spring and summer. But his happiest moments came watching his children, grandchildren and more recently great grandchildren participate in sporting events from first grade through college. He spent many family vacations on Cape Cod with his extended family and friends. He loved traveling with his wife, Sandy, to many far-off destinations throughout their lives. He cherished his 5 daughters-in-law and the quality time they have all spent together in recent years. Jerry was very proud of his 5 sons and their successful businesses. Scott and John who are third generation owners of the family business, Henry’s Electric, Tim as owner of LePrevost Plumbing and Heating, Jeff as owner of Lou Boxer Builders and Mark as project engineer with Global Foundries. Above all else, he found the greatest enjoyment at their summer camp on Greenwater Pond. Where he would relax having his Sunday morning coffee royals with the Greenwater Pond crew and spend the day fishing, boating and waterskiing with his ever-expanding family. The finish to his day would be gazing into the magnificent sunsets that would appear in the distance more often than not.
A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 20th at 10 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Lee. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday February 19th from 4-6 PM at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee. Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to the Lee Kiwanis in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238.