Richard F. Gautier of Jersey City died peacefully at home on Friday, February 28, 2020 with his loving family by his side. He was 88.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Gautier spent part of his childhood there, before moving to Cape May County and then to Union City.
He was a Cold War era veteran of the United States Army for three years between 1951 and 1954 and was stationed in Germany.
Mr. Gautier moved to Hoboken where he spent a majority of his life until moving to Jersey City in 2004. He held numerous jobs, but is best remembered as superintendent of Church Towers in Hoboken, a job he ultimately retired from in 1994.
Mr. Gautier was a long-time member of the Hoboken Free Church on Clinton Street after being born again in Christ. He was a member of the congregation for more than two decade, where he made many lifelong and lasting friendships and where he met his loving wife Jennifer. They were married in the church in 2000.
Mr. Gautier was an avid fan of the New York Yankees until he became a Mets fan by marriage, as he liked to joke. He was a devoted fan of the New York Giants. Known for his passion for fishing, Mr. Gautier is remembered by his friends for his loyalty, sense of humor and wonderful stories about his life growing up in Brooklyn and Hudson County.
He is survived by his loving wife Jennifer and his daughter Sharon Kides. He was predeceased by his first wife Rose and his brothers Ernie, Frank, Robbie and his sisters Jeanne and Alice. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., March 7 at the Hoboken Free Church on Clinton Street.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Hoboken Free Church, the Mustard Seed School or the Alzheimer’s’ Foundation.
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