Gerald S. Foley, Jr., 82, of Milton, formerly of Canton and Hyde Park, died on August 12, 2020.
He was born in Boston, the devoted son of the late Gerald S. and Livia M. Foley of Hyde Park. He was: BC High ’55, BC ’59, BC MBA ’73, Suffolk Law School ’78, and Mass Bar ’78. While at BC High he was distinguished by surviving high school sophomore year with four flunks in the same marking period, a record that survives to this day. He married Beverly A. Marcou on the Fourth of July 1965 and who died August 17, 2008. He is survived by Loretta M. Britt, his partner for life and best friend, of Milton and Toronto, and by his three loving children: Elizabeth J. Carracini of Belmont, Ursuline Academy ’89, Wentworth Institute ’93, and her husband, Michael; his son John M. Foley of Bedford, BC High ’90, BC ’94, and his wife, Cheri; his son Peter A. Foley of Marshfield, BC High ’93, BC ’97, BC MBA ’04, and his wife, Lauren, BC ’97. Doting grandfather of eight terrific grandchildren: Kate, Julianna, Caroline, Peter Jr., BC High ’24, Sarah, Mikey, Georgia and Claire. Also survived by two sisters, Maureen C. Marcia, BC ’60, and Regina P. Peel, BC ’61, both of Albuquerque, NM.
His service was with the United States Army, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, 1959 to 1961. He specialized in air defense artillery and rose to the rank of captain before completing his military obligation. He owned Medicompts Inc., a physicians professional service organization, for 50 years. Among his clients were some of the greatest physicians on the planet, but his employees were the reason for its success. He also owned the Gerald S. Foley Insurance Agency Inc., which specialized in medical liability insurance. He was a lifelong registered Democrat who voted Republican most of the time, because, as he concluded, the Democrats had the more interesting and exciting primaries. His greatest failure in life was speling, which accounts for why he always kept a Merriam-Webster dictionary within reach.
He served on the Canton Conservation Commission for six very trying years. While on the “ConCom,” he became chairman of the subcommittee of Pequitside Farm at 79 Pleasant Street, Canton. During this three-year term, he completed the restoration of the popular Fred McCabe room, under which was the greatest wine cellar known to mankind and which he guarded with great enthusiasm. He was president of the Canton Association of Business and Industry from 1983 to 1987. During his tenure, membership doubled. He served as commodore of the West Dennis Yacht Club from 1985 to 1986. While as an ordinary member, he assumed the post of chief gunner, which he held for many years and had lots and lots of fun firing the evening canon. He derived great pleasure from playing bridge, sailing in his C&C 36’ sailboat “Crosswinds,” attempting golf often (with little to show), solving Sudoku puzzles (while peeking just a few times), and living in his beach home on the fingers in West Dennis where he was fortunate to have enjoyed the many summers allowed to him.
A funeral mass was held Wednesday in St. John the Evangelist Church in Canton. Burial St. Mary’s Cemetery, Canton. Donations may be made in his name to Boston College High School, Office for Institutional Advancement, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA 02125 or at www.bchigh.edu/give. Arrangements by the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington Street. To sign guestbook, see dockrayandthomasfuneralhome.com.