Gerald E. Ford, 61

Gerald E. Ford

Gerald E. Ford

LOVELL — Gerald E. “Jerry” Ford, 61, of Center Lovell, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 21 of heart failure at his home, with his life partner, John Jones, at his side. He was born on Nov. 11, 1951 in Providence, R.I. He graduated from Pilgrim High School in 1969. He vacationed in Maine starting in 1985, and moved full-time to Center Lovell in 1990, living in a new home designed and built by Jerry and his partner, John Jones.

Jerry worked at F. X. Lyons in Bartlett, N.H., as a water systems operator for 15 years up until his death. He was looking forward to retiring in Nov. and marrying his life partner after the first of next year.

He is survived by his loving partner of 35 years, John Jones, of Center Lovell; John Jones’ mother, Jean Lewis, who loved him dearly; brothers, Alan and Donald both of R.I.; and more loving friends than can be named here. He was predeceased by his parents.

There will be no services at Jerry’s request. In lieu of flowers remembrances in Jerry’s name may be made to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Rd., Fryeburg, ME 04037.

Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm St., Bridgton.

Jerry loved his friends and the land, and both will miss him and never forget him. Online condolences may be shared with his family at

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