April 11, 1950 — Jan. 28, 2018
Gerald (Jerry) Richard Boisvert was born in Lewiston, Maine, on April 11, 1950. He died in Warrenton, Oregon, Jan. 28, 2018.
He is survived by his wife, Dolores (Dodo) Boisvert; children Barney and Peggy Boisvert; grandchildren Nikolai, Lindsay, Gabriel and Emery Boisvert; and siblings Thomas Wilfred Boisvert and Renee (Boisvert) Patterson. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred Louis Boisvert and Bernadette Vermette Boisvert; and sister, Susan (Boisvert) Lord.
Growing up in Lewiston, Jerry attended a public kindergarten before attending the local parochial school, St. Pierre, for first through eighth grades. He attended St. Dominic’s Regional High School, graduating in 1968.
Jerry was a competitive and entrepreneurial child; he played baseball, and began playing soccer in high school, earning soccer awards in high school and college. For many years, Jerry and his brother worked a newspaper route in Lewiston. Jerry translated the newspaper route into summer and winter jobs in the community, mowing lawns, shoveling snow and caring for homes.
Upon finishing high school, Jerry began committing himself to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, a teaching order of the Catholic Church. He attended Providence College as a divinity student and a student of educational arts.
After graduating from Providence College in 1972, Jerry spent a year as a novitiate of the Brothers. Feeling that the Brothers were not present enough in the community, Jerry chose to leave the order in 1973, and began a solo trip across the U.S., taking odd jobs to fund his travel.
With a broken-down car, Boisvert landed in South Bend, Washington, in 1974. Here, he entered the fish business, working for Coast Oyster and later traveling to Chignik, Alaska, to process and freeze fish and crab for Point Adams Packing Co.
Coincidence also took Dodo to Chignik in 1974, and Jerry and Dodo worked there together for several seasons. When Dodo proposed marriage, Jerry accepted, and the two were married in Seattle on July 10, 1976.
Fisheries brought Jerry and Dodo to the Oregon Coast in 1977. They lived first in Newport, where Barney was born in 1980, and then in Warrenton, where their daughter, Peggy, was born in 1982. Jerry continued to work in fisheries, retiring from Pacific Coast Seafood in 2017.
Jerry brought his coaching instincts and love of soccer to Warrenton, where he helped found the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association in 1984, and slowly built the Warrenton Soccer Complex while facilitating, coaching and officiating soccer at all levels.
The Warrenton soccer fields were Jerry’s babies. He could be found there daily mowing, digging, lining fields, trapping moles, repairing nets, spreading fertilizer, moving rocks and logs to create parking, planning, building and “putzing.” When choosing equipment for the playground, he chose toys that he himself would play on. He was always the biggest kid on the field.
A celebration of life is being held Sunday, Feb. 4, at 1 p.m., at the Astoria High School auditorium.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lower Columbia Youth Soccer Association. Donations made in Jerry’s name will be earmarked for player scholarships. The address is LCYSA Soccer, P.O. Box 457, Warrenton, OR 97146.