Valley Lives - Gerald McGoey

The following article first appeared in "The Low Down to Hull and Back News" in the August 04, 2004 issue. Reprinted with permission.

Farrellton patriarch a farmer until the end

by Pamela Ledoux

McGoey passed away of a massive heart attack in his milking barn on July 23, the day after his 69th birthday.

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Farrellton's Gerald McGoey, "a man of community.

McGoey, who has been referred to as Farrellton's patriarch, has over the years been very involved in his community notably as the St-Camillus Churchwarden, Farrellton Hall and graveyard custodian, hockey coach, rink manager, and president for the Farrellton Hockey Association.

McGoey, a dairy farmer, was also a founding director of the Gatineau South Union des Producteurs Agricoles syndicate and had a longtime membership on the board of directors for the Gatineau Valley Farmers Co-op in Gracefield.

More than 200 people attended a funeral service on July 27 at St-Camillus Church, in Farrellton, the same church where he had been baptized, married, and is now buried.

Father Bruno Godbout described McGoey as a "man of community" and someone that you could always count on. "If you wanted to organize something, you could always call on Gerald," he said.

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McGoey's July 27 funeral.
P.L. photo.

"That's just the way dad was," explained McGoey's eldest son David as he read the eulogy. "He was always willing to help out his friends and neighbours. "

In 2004, McGoey was honored with two awards: a La Peche municipality Citizenship Award and the Guy Monette Family Award, awarded annually to someone active in the agricultural community who displayed strong community spirit.

McGoey was the father of five sons, David, Martin, Leo, Lennard and Robert and grandfather to Kaitlyn, Thomas, Alycia, Conal and Daly. McGoey's wife, Marion, passed away in 1998.

As son David pointed out "Knowing dad, when he and mom met in heaven he gave her a hug and a kiss and then looked around to see if there was something that needed to be done."

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