September 29, 1925 - March 31, 2018
Gerard “Gerry” Daly, 92, of South Yarmouth passed away peacefully at home with family on March 31st. Born in South Boston to George and Elizabeth Flynn Daly, he lived in South Weymouth for many years and later retired to South Yarmouth. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine Shakalis Daly, his son Richard Daly and his wife Susan, his daughter Jacqueline Daly Esquivel and her husband Raul, grandchildren Robert Daly, Alyse Daly Sullivan, Lauren Daly, Christina Esquivel and Meredith Esquivel, great grandchildren Jay and Will Daly and Charles Sullivan as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his first wife of 36 years, Barbara Kincade Daly, and his three siblings Phyllis Morrison, George Daly and Paul Daly.
After serving in the US Navy in World War II, Gerry graduated from Boston College with a BSBA. He enjoyed a successful career with Stop & Shop, first as a store manager and then as a corporate buyer for candy, film and tobacco across all divisions including the grocery stores, Bradlees, Medi Mart and Perkins Tobacco. His experience and expertise made him a sought-after contributor at industry conferences. In 1981 the Boston Confectionery Salesmen’s Club named him Candy Man of the Year. In 1982, Gerry was inducted into the National Confectionery Sales Association Candy Hall of Fame and was invited to deliver the keynote address at the first annual Candy Marketing Conference in 1985. In the early 90s, he served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Confectionery Salemen’s Club.
Gerry made the most of his 25 year retirement indulging his passions for golf, travel and socializing with family and friends. He reconnected with BC classmates via Class of ’50 golf tournaments. He served as President and Treasurer of the Blue Rock Landing Association, Treasurer of the Sixties Golf League and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Retired Men’s Club of Cape Cod. Gerry also gave back by volunteering for the American Lung Association and the Museum of Natural History in Brewster.
The family invites friends to celebrate a life well lived on Wednesday April 4th from 4-7 pm at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 58 Long Pond Drive, South Yarmouth. Funeral services will be held at St. Pius X Church, Station Ave., South Yarmouth on Thursday April 5th at 11 am. Gerry will be laid to rest at Blue Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hope Hospice who provided loving care and support during Gerry’s last few weeks. https://www.hopehealthma.org/giving/make-a-gift