Gerald (Jerry) R. Guenette Jr

Bar Harbor

Gerald (Jerry) R. Guenette Jr. of Bar Harbor, formerly of Cambridge and Salem, Mass., passed away on Feb. 3, 2021, at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor at the age of 74. He was born on April 20, 1946, the son of Gerald R. Guenette Sr. and Helen (Clancy) Guenette.

From an early age, Jerry had a love of science. He was always working on science projects and was on the TV program “Science Countdown” when he was in the eighth grade. He also had a love of classical music; he was an accomplished clarinetist, playing not only with his high school band, but also performing with the Northeast Regional and All-state bands. He graduated from Salem High School in 1964 and while there, he was selected as a delegate to Boys State. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As an MIT undergraduate, he completed the U.S. Air Force ROTC program. While serving as an officer in the Air Force, he was assigned as a project scientist to the Rocket Propulsion Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He received one of the top technical achievement awards granted by the Air Force Systems Command and was also presented with the Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Award. Jerry was later employed at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratories, and then at the MIT Gas Turbine Laboratory in Cambridge to conduct research projects and teach graduate classes until his retirement.

One of Jerry’s favorite pastimes was photography. He took numerous photographs, especially of nature subjects. He made many friends in Bar Harbor and loved to climb mountains. For many years on New Year’s Eve, he and his friends would climb Cadillac Mountain and remain at the top to observe one of the earliest sunrises in the United States. The people of Bar Harbor have been so wonderful and loving to Jerry and were always there to help him during his progressive illness.

He is survived by his sister Kathleen and her husband, Bob, of Lynnfield, Mass., and several cousins, including Jim McHugh of Peabody and Elaine (Guenette) Greenwood and Paul Guenette of Florida. He is also survived by dear friends Junnie Yu, April and Bruce Carlson, Jingfeng Zhong, David Coffin, Ruddy Li, Tina Porter, Heidi Turner, Kathy Hall, Cathy Jay and Ave Damelio. His funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2021, at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, Mass., immediately followed by burial at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Lynn. Contributions to Parkinson’s Foundation can be made online at or by mailing to: Parkinson’s Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at


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