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Gerald  F. 'Gerry' Nugent

Gerald F. 'Gerry' Nugent
  • September 30, 1930 - August 11, 2019
  • Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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“I just learned of this loss of another family member and send my heartfelt condolences to the rest of the family from someone who greatly misses all...Read More »
1 of 27 | Posted by: Julie Dumas (nee: Sherman) - FL

“Matt and the Nugent family, We were saddened to hear of your Dads passing. I was fortunate to coach Matt and got to meet Gerry and Frankie on soccer...Read More »
2 of 27 | Posted by: Steve Morris - Shrewsbury, MA

“To the Nugent Family,Many years ago, I was introduced to all of you as your late mother and I studied for our Master's degrees @ Anna Maria College...Read More »
3 of 27 | Posted by: Kevin Matthews - Leominster, MA

“Condolences to the Nugent Family. Gerry was always a gracious person. Although I only knew them in social circles, he and Frankie were a fun couple...Read More »
4 of 27 | Posted by: Vic Kruczynski - Worcester, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to the Nugent family. Gerry always understood the importance of helping others. He was always willing to sort out a problem and...Read More »
5 of 27 | Posted by: Judith Audette - Rutland, MA

“Gerry was no bureaucratic administrator. He was a caring social worker first and foremost. I was lucky to have worked for Gerry from the DCG days to...Read More »
6 of 27 | Posted by: Rich Miller - Worcester, MA

“How saddened we were to hear of Gerry's passing. Lots of fond memories of he and Frankie and the Nugent family. It might be an old adage but it...Read More »
7 of 27 | Posted by: David Byrnes - Ipswich, MA

“I was very blessed to be adopted by Gerry (And Frankie). So many memories of them and their children, in particular Kathy and Matt. Gerry will be...Read More »
8 of 27 | Posted by: Karen (Cookie) Huebner

“My condolences to the Nugent Clan- Mr Nugent was truly class act. May he Rest In Peace ”
9 of 27 | Posted by: Gigg Strom - Arlington, MA

“Condolences to the Nugent Family. Gerry was a great person always ready with some type of humor. He previously attended the State Retirees'...Read More »
10 of 27 | Posted by: Bob Zinkus - Worcester, MA

“I am so sorry to hear about your father. It's never easy to lose a parent. Sorry I can't be there to give you a hug, but know it's there. Remember...Read More »
11 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to the Nugent . Gerry was one of a kind. He helped so many people . I personally experienced his golden touch. His caring,commitment...Read More »
12 of 27 | Posted by: Judge Luis Perez - Paxton, MA

“Matt and Joe and the rest of the Nugent family-Please accept our condolences during this difficult time. Many fond memories of Gerry and Frankie. ”
13 of 27 | Posted by: Michael and Brian Gleason-Johnston - MA

“We are, all of us, molded and remolded by those who love us. And though that love may pass, we remain, none the less their work. No love, or...Read More »
14 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“I have known Gerry since our days at Clark. He was a year ahead of me. Later I met him on several occasions in Boston when he was at B,C, getting...Read More »
15 of 27 | Posted by: Ralph Anderson - ID - Friend

“My deepest condolences on the loss of Gerry. He was truly one of a kind. May his soul rest in peace and God bless his family in this difficult...Read More »
16 of 27 | Posted by: Mary (Grudzinskas) Toscano - NY

“The Nugent Family,My sympathy and condolences to you all. It was a pleasure working under Gerry's direction for the Department of Social Services,...Read More »
17 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Extending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. Gerry had a great sense of humor. He will be sorely missed. ”
18 of 27 | Posted by: Mary Abair - Shrewsbury

“Jeff and all Nugent Family,A pillar of the community! So sorry for your loss. Wishing you all peace going forward.Meg Rooney SwainSHS Class of 1985 ”
19 of 27 | Posted by: Meg Rooney Swain - Mount Laurel, NJ

“To athe Nugent Family My deep and heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved dad He certain gave time to many causes He will be missed RIP ”
20 of 27 | Posted by: Judy Polito - Shreswbury, MA

“To all the offspring of Jerry. Not sad , but good to know Jerry is in a safe place now with Frankie. The Nugent family was the first to great us in...Read More »
21 of 27 | Posted by: Scotty & Sherry Robertson

“He was such a wonderful person...always so happy to see you. We so enjoyed talking and joking with him. He will be missed by all of us. ”
22 of 27 | Posted by: J&C King - Andover, MA

“Cathy so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man who, besides raising his own wonderful children, helped many other children and their...Read More »
23 of 27 | Posted by: Susan (Harrity) Glatki - MA

“I worked for Gerry many years ago at DCG. He was a wonderful boss and mentor. So sorry for your loss. Carol Ploof Harvey ”
24 of 27 | Posted by: Carol Harvey - Worcester, MA

“Sorry for your loss, he very good to my mother and our family. He will be missed.Linda McGahey ”
25 of 27 | Posted by: A friend

“Gerry was an amazing person. He hired me at DSS/DCF in 89, (with and perhaps in spite of the knowledge of my connection to the family business LOL),...Read More »
26 of 27 | Posted by: Cheryl Bonin - Sutton, MA

“To all the Nugents: All the Daly family is thinking of you and hoping the memories of your dad are comforting you today and in the days and months...Read More »
27 of 27 | Posted by: Kathleen (Daly) Sayles - Bedford, MA


Little changed about Gerry Nugent through his nearly 89 years…in particular his signature haircut (flat top), his affable personality, wonderful sense of humor and gifted ability to quietly make a difference!

Mother Teresa said 'Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.' For over sixty years Gerry quietly made change happen and impacted the lives of so many children and families throughout Worcester County.

Gerry died in the comfort of his home in Shrewsbury surrounded by his family on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Born on September 30, 1930 he was the son of the late Joseph P. and Elizabeth J. (McGahey) Nugent. Raised in Worcester's Main South neighborhood he was a graduate of Saint Peter's High School and earned his Bachelor's degree from Clark University (1958) and his Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College (1962). He served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. Gerry married Newton native Frances Boyle, the love of his life, on May 27, 1961. They moved to Shrewsbury in 1965 to raise and educate their five children. Frankie died unexpectedly on July 6, 2016.

With a desire to help, serve, and make a difference he had social work in his blood. Gerry began his career as a Child Welfare Specialist in Worcester and soon became Supervisor of Social Services for the Division of Child Guardianship in Worcester. In 1968, he became the regional administrator in the Worcester office for the Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare. In 1980, he was appointed to the position of Regional Director in Region II in the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. Though retiring in 1992, he continued his career as a clinical supervisor at Centros Las Americas on Sycamore Street in Worcester for six years and lastly as Coordinator of Daycare Services for the Guild of Saint Agnes in Whitinsville, retiring at the age of 82.

He also left his mark on the following organizations: Worcester Board of Public Welfare, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Catholic Family Counseling Service in Quincy, the Children's Friends Society in Worcester and the Nazareth Home for Boys in Leicester. He was on the board at the Age Center of Worcester, Inc., Family Services of Central Mass, Inc., Worcester Childrens' Friend Society, and served as President of the Board of Directors of Worcester Comprehensive Education and Care, Inc. for over twenty years.

His faith remained the center of his life. Saint Mary's Parish was a place where he nourished his soul and maintained his relationship with God and he welcomed it as his second home. He and Frankie were staples at the 7:30 Mass each Sunday morning. Long active in the parish he was an inaugural member of the parent association at its school and a founder of its Sunday coffee house after each Mass. He was active in its annual Oktoberfest and numerous other activities in the parish and was part of the fabric which makes a church a parish…and a place where all are welcome. He was on the Parent's Council at Saint John's High School where his four boys were educated and a member of the Sodality of Our Blessed Lady at the College of the Holy Cross. Once the children had grown, he and Frankie cooked monthly for Dismas House of Worcester.

Relaxation for Gerry meant time in the yard on Mercury Drive and Prospect Street where the grass really was greener and the pool so clean you'd want to jump in it! He was a familiar face on the tee's and greens of Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough and Green Hill Golf Course in Worcester. He loved listening and singing along to the tunes sung by his buddies in the Jug-O-Punch Band. He enjoyed a glass of something refreshing, the sun on his face and toes in the sand on the beaches of York, Maine, a round of tennis, a swim in the pool and traveling to Cape Cod, Long Island, San Francisco, Florida, Italy, and Ireland. His grandchildren kept him young. Retirement also afforded him appointment as Chief Bottle Capper and Head of Quality Control for his son Matt's budding interest in home brewing many ales for it was fun, easy, tasteful and quality time spent with his youngest.

Gerry leaves his children, Cathleen M. Burke (Frederick) and Joseph P. Nugent, of Shrewsbury, Jeffrey P. Nugent (Margo) of Granville, Vermont, David M. Nugent (Jill) of Millbury and Matthew J. Nugent of Shrewsbury; his grandchildren, Jacob, Caitlyn, Felisha, Meghan, Kearan, Michael and Margaret and great grandchildren, Ryan, Madison, Mason and Dominic. He also leaves his twin sisters Joan Quinlivan of Worcester and Jean Bartholomew (Richard) of North Branford, CT and many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was also predeceased by his brother, James Nugent and brother-in-law, James Quinlivan.

Family and friends will honor and remember Gerry's life by gathering for calling hours in The Eastern Shores Club (formerly Knights of Columbus), 206 South Quinsigamond Avenue, Shrewsbury on Thursday, August 15th from 4 to 7 p.m. His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 16th in Saint Mary's Church, 640 Main Street, Shrewsbury at 10 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery.

Memorials in Gerry's name may be made to The Gerald Nugent Fund for Kids, Worcester Comprehensive Education & Care, Inc., 160 Tacoma St., Worcester, MA 01605 or to the Dream of Hopes Ranch, 16250 Oak Grove Road, Buda, Texas 78610.

Arrangements by James & John Heald of Joyce Funeral Home.

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