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George L. Gesner

June 9, 2021


George L. Gesner passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on June 9, 2021, at the age of 92.  George was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on September 24, 1928.  He was one of five boys born to the late P. William Gesner and Lucy D. Hicks Gesner.  

George graduated from BMC Durfee High School, class of 1946.  He then proudly served in the United States Army during WWII stationed at Fort Dix.  After being discharged from the Army, George went on to study at Edgewood Junior College in Barrington, Rhode Island, where he earned an Associate’s degree in marketing in 1950.  After six years working at Lincoln Press in Fall River, MA, George spent 34 years working at Texas Instruments as a quality control engineer.  In his “retirement” George worked at Manheim Auto Auction in Dighton, MA where he made many long-time friends.   

As a young man, George entered the Order of DeMolay.  He then became a proud member and past master of Pioneer Lodge A.F.&A.M. in Somerset, MA. George was a 32nd Degree Mason and celebrated 58 years of membership this year.   

George married the love of his life, Joan E. Walton, in 1951 and they were married for 34 years until her passing in 1985.  They raised three children together in the home they built in Somerset, MA.  

George was a founding member of the Church of Our Saviour in Somerset, MA serving in several capacities including Senior Warden, Lector and Vestry Member.  George also served as a board member and as the Endowment Fund Chairman for the Fall River Symphony.  In his retirement years, George enjoyed gardening, woodworking, fishing, and volunteering at the polls in Somerset, MA.  Most of all, George loved spending time with his family and was blessed to take many vacations with them.  He had a reputation for acting younger than his age, which was evident in April of this year when he was golfing (parring several holes) in Florida! George’s famous golf saying was, “Always hit your second shot first!”  George made such an impact on so many lives.  He recently was the inspiration for a character in a novel – “Big G”.  

George is survived by his three children, David E. Gesner, and his wife Janice of The Villages, FL;  Cynthia Jean Gesner of Dighton MA; and Jane E. Labouliere, and her husband Ted of Dighton, MA.  He was blessed with seven grandchildren: Jennifer and her husband Matt Simpson, Michael Gesner, Lori Beth Gesner, Hunter Dufrane and his wife Alexandra, Amy Kenck and her husband Cooper, Andrew Labouliere and Lauren Labouliere.  He has seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. George is also survived by his companion of several years, Theresa Wilkinson.  George was pre-deceased by his second wife, Phyllis (Snell) Gesner, to whom he was married to for 10 years and his four brothers, William, Edward, Thomas, and Richard.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Church of Our Saviour Memorial Fund in Somerset, MA.  Arrangements have been made at the Hathaway Funeral Homes in Somerset, Massachusetts.  Calling hours will be Sunday, June 13 from 4-7 p.m with a Masonic Service at 6.  There will be a celebration of George’s life at Church of Our Saviour on Monday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Fall River. For facility directions or to leave an online condolence go to


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June 13, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hathaway Community Home For Funerals
900 Buffinton Street
Somerset, MA 02726

Celebration of Life
June 14, 2021

10:00 AM
Church of Our Saviour
2112 County Street
Somerset, MA 02726


Church of Our Saviour
2112 County Street, Somerset MA 02726

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