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Francis McAuliffe

Francis Gerard "Gerry" McAuliffe

Monday, September 4th, 1933 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Francis “Gerry” Gerard McAuliffe, 86, of Wells, Maine, formerly of Abilene, Texas, took his final flight from Earth on Thursday morning, August 20, 2020 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH. He was born in Malden, MA on September 4, 1933, the fourth son of John Walter and Amelia (Rose) McAuliffe.

Gerry graduated from Malden High School and attended Boston College. He entered the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and served his country for 20 years. Gerry was KC-135 tanker pilot and flew missions in the Vietnam War. Upon his retirement from the Air Force, he enrolled in McMurray College in Abilene, TX, earning his bachelor’s degree in accounting. For several years, he was an accountant for Pepsi Cola in Abilene. Following this, he became self employed as an IT specialist setting up computer systems. During his retirement, he was an active communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Wells, ME, where he served as the parish accountant for several years.

In his free time, he enjoyed astronomy, bass fishing, golf, and crossword puzzles. He was a member of the Astronomy Club and was a Hibernian. He became a late blooming “cat” person with the adoption of “Penny” who has been lovingly welcomed into his daughter’s feline family

Gerry is predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Adrienne C. (Cluff) McAuliffe; two brothers, Eugene McAuliffe and Rev. Fr. Robert McAuliffe.

He will be lovingly remembered by his 3 daughters, Karen Robertson of Wells, Maine, Kathleen Smith and her partner, Suni, of Laguna Vista, Texas, and Kelli Spencer and her husband Louis, of Benbrook, Texas; his 2 sons, Michael McAuliffe and his wife, Sherri, of Abilene, Texas; and Kevin McAuliffe of Darien, GA; 12 grandchildren, and 15 great- grandchildren. He will also be missed by his brother, John W. McAuliffe of White Plains, NY.

A Graveside service with military honors will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Arundel Cemetery, Kennebunkport, ME with Rev. Fr. Fred Morse officiating. Should friends choose, memorial donations in his name are encouraged to: The American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Gerry’s Book of Memories Page at www.bibberfuneral.com

Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, PO Box 910, Wells, ME 04090.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 25th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Arundel Cemetery
    Address
    65 Walkers Lane
    KENNEBUNKPORT, ME 04046
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    Officiant
    Rev. Fr. Fred Morse
  • Interment

    Location
    Arundel Cemetery
    Address
    65 Walkers Lane
    KENNEBUNKPORT, ME 04046
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Ron Burk

Posted at 09:51pm
As a new member of the astronomy club I will always remember Gerry's easy and relaxed way he had when teaching me and others about the night sky. And then as club treasurer quietly showing me how important the supporting roles are to the joy of a volunteer organization. Ron Burk
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