Roger Gentilhomme, 102, of Falmouth died on Saturday, June 18, 2011, after a short illness.
His 102nd birthday on May 21st was celebrated with all of his family surrounding him. He received an outpouring of love, good wishes, and admiration from all over the world.
For over a century, his life was filled with gusto, love, boundless joy, and energy. He never accepted the status quo and personified a joie de vivre. He had many friends on Martha's Vineyard and was a frequent visitor here.
He left his family with fond memories to cherish and incredible lessons for the rest of us to live by.
Although there were exciting plans in his future, he deeply appreciated how much he had already accomplished and experienced.
In a wonderful 2009 German Documentary featuring Roger, among several active centenarians, he was caught on film at a poignant moment stating:
"I hope never to become a burden to my children. When I go, bingo! I do not want to be ill for six months or a year. I hope that I meet my wife and my parents.... I'm looking forward to being with them and to enjoying
whatever awaits me there."
Calling hours at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home at 475 Main Street in Falmouth will be from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, June 23. A funeral Mass will he held at 1 pm on Friday, June 24, at Saint Patrick's Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth, followed by burial and a graveside service at 2:30 pm at the Otis National Cemetery. A reception will follow at the home of Calla Jean and Doug Adams, 348 Acapesket Rd., Falmouth.