RANGELEY - Gerald "Gerry" Erwin Ladd passed away peacefully Jan. 10, 2014, at Maine Veterans' Home in Augusta, where he had been a resident for the past four years, with his wife by his side.
Gerry was born in Augusta on May 27, 1933, the son of Leon Wallace Ladd and Maud (Weston) Ladd. He attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1954. Gerry was a "4-letter man" at Cony with outstanding performances in football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He joined the Marine Corps, and in June of 1954 he was sent to Parris Island for basic training and then Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He served with the 2nd Marine Division. Later, he was a guard at the Portsmouth Naval Prison in Portsmouth, N.H. Gerry was honorably discharged on June 28, 1957, with the rank of corporal.
Gerry graduated from Hanson's Barber School in Lewiston in April 1959. So began his nearly 50-year career as a barber. He practiced his trade in shops at the University of Maine, Bar Harbor, Winthrop, Cape Elizabeth, and at his own shop called "The Yankee Clipper." For nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2001, Gerry held forth at Harwood's on Water Street in Augusta.
Sports kept Gerry's attention for all of his life, coaching both youth hockey and baseball. In the 1970s Gerry hosted a sports show on Augusta cable TV, where he highlighted local sports teams. In his later years, Gerry was an avid golfer, playing in many tournaments at the Augusta Country Club, where he was a member.
Gerry was a member of the Rangeley Free Baptist Church. He participated in a variety of community organizations; he was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Kora Temple Shrine, a lifetime member of Augusta Elks Lodge, and a past president of WISDUM, just to name a few.
Gerry's retirement included winters in Arizona, entertaining visitors and friends and traveling cross country.
He is survived by wife Ann T. Ladd, of Rangeley; daughters Sylvia Reed and husband Bruce, of Wiscasset, and Elaine Ladd, of Augusta; brother Leon Ladd, of Whitefield; stepdaughter Marcia Chibuogwu, of Methuen, Mass.; stepsons Keith Therrien, of Hampstead, N.H., and Col. Kevin Therrien and his wife, Dawn, of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughters Eva and Katianna Reed, Christine Pierce and Jamie Malloy; great-granddaughters Brianna Gamage and Alahnah Frith; eight step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Donald Ladd, and, in 2013, daughter Laurie Ladd.
A celebration of Gerry's life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hope Baptist Church, U.S. Route 202 in Manchester. Spring burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Rangeley.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Maine Veterans' Homes, 310 Cony Road, Augusta; or to the Laurie Ladd Scholarship fund at University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330.
Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1 Church St., Augusta. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.