Gerald Emery Colbeth

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Gerald Emery Colbeth died in his 96th year. He spent his first ten years in Essex, Connecticut and then moved to Chebeague with his family. There he attended the island schools and graduated from the Chebeague Island High School in 1941. Some of his fondest memories were of his school days when he worked on local fishing boats and baited trawls for the island fishermen.

In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and while on leave met his summer girl, Dottie, at a dance at the Island Hall. They were married six months later just before he shipped out to on a submarine and served in World WarII in the Pacific. Dot would remain his summer girl for the following 72 years.

Jerry was a worker. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he held down three jobs while attending night school at Northeastern University where he earned his degree in business.

For the next five years, Sexton Can Company sent him to tthe midwest and then to the south to set up sister companies...All the while, his partner Dottie was turning each house into a real home. The family eventually returned to the east where he was hired by Gillette and became the Manager of Purchasing and Packaging for Gillette Safety Razor.

He retired in 1986 and then spent summer and fall months on Chebeague doing what he loved most: boating with his family and golfing with Lewis Ross and “the fearsome foursome”...

Jerry is survived by his daughters; Donna Colbeth of Chebeague and Jan Ross and her husband Michael of Grass Valley, California.

IVisiting hours .will be on Tuesday, September 4th from 1to 3 pm

at: Lindquist Funeral Home
1 Mayberry Lane
Yarmouth, Maine