Monday, December 28, 2009

Jerry's Family Christmas Gathering

Jerry got to have Christmas dinner with his six kids and their kids. A total of 27 sat for dinner with one grandchild already having left to catch a plane home to CA.

Jerry and the "kids":

Jerry and the "boys":

Jerry and the "girls":

The "outlaws":

Stephen's family:

Robert's family:

Michael's family

Eileen's family

Joan's family

Patricia's family

the grandkids 1

the grandkids 2

the grandkids 3

Jerry and the grandkids 1

Jerry and the grandkids 2


Monday, December 14, 2009

Brouilland Christmas

Jerry went to the Brouillard monthly gathering, this time celebrating Christmas with a great potluck table of food and desserts followed by a Yankee swap.

This photo depicts the variety of foods available, all very good and worthy of 'seconds'.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Joyal Family brunch today

Joyal Family brunch today, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Jerry had baked scrod for brunch today at Darling's in Seekonk.

Mariette, Albert, Helen, Ann and Fred were there. I recorded a Christmas and New's Year's greeting from the group for the family and will post it soon.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Semper Fi birthday!

Jerry's son-in-law, Frank Moody, sent along these pictures of Jerry at the recent Marine Dinner. Frank writes in the email:
These are some photos from the 234th Marine Corps Birthday Dinner.  My Partner Steve has taken your Dad now for the last three years.  He sits with the Providence Police Marines.  I have to tell you, I'm not sure who looks forward to it more.  Them or your Dad.   One of the guys has posted the photo of the CREW on Facebook.  He refers to your father as the elder gentleman who was at Iwo Jima.  He equates the evening as dining with a ROCK STAR!
Needless to say, Jerry did have a good time.

The cake:

US Marine Corp Birthday Cake

Note: The icing was 'corrected' to show the proper year.

Jerry and Steve Cileli


The full table of Providence Police (all former US Marines) with Jerry:


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Brouillard brunch - logo chocolate

Andy brought some chocolate with the Pepin's Hospitality Centre logo on it to share after our monthly get together this time at Wright's Farm.

Brouillard brunch - logo chocolate from Andy's work, originally uploaded by shersteve.

I had intially propped the chocolate against my coffee cup to take this photo, then realized the chocolate was melting from the heat of the hot coffee. The water glass was a safer prop.

What is the Brouillard's recipe for getting rid of stress?
A great big ol'fashioned family gathering. The table had 18 today. Wright's Farm did it's usually good family style chicken dinner and we were out in about an hour.

Oh, the chocolate was delicious!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Karen Sherlock

SHERLOCK, KAREN, 55 of 1 Dawn Hill Drive, Bristol and formerly of Pawtucket died on Saturday.

She was born in Providence, a daughter of the late Edward P. and Mary J. (McNamara) Sherlock.

She leaves two sisters, Christine Sherlock of Rumford and Mary Frances Sherlock of Pawtucket and a wonderful extended family.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9 AM from the CHEETHAM MORTUARY, INC., 1012 Newport Ave., Pawtucket with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Ave., Rumford. Burial will be in Mt. St. Mary Cemetery, Pawtucket.


This was originally in the Providence Journal online here

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Medal showcase

Helen Geoffroy, sister-in-law on the Joyal side of the family, had Jerry's medals and ribbons put into this special case. Here Jerry holds the case:

Here is a closer photo of the full case:

Here is a closeup showing more details:

The photo is one of the few with Jerry in his US Marine Corp uniform from World War II. Who is he holding? Niece Paula Brousseau.

I'll get the descriptions of his medals and ribbons for another posting. I'll also take some more pictures on a day with better natural lighting. I was having some fun avoiding getting too much reflection in the glass covering the medals. 

Friday, September 25, 2009

Military Honros - Jean H Joyal (video)

The slide show and audio for this ceremony were shared here and here. I finally got around to completing the video compilation.

Military Honors - Jean H Joyal from Steve Sherlock on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoy!

Note: for those email subscribers, you will need to click through to the web page to view the video.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

World War II Museum in Natick, MA

In today's Boston Globe, there is an article on a WWII museum in Natick:
World War II ended 64 years ago, but it comes to life every time Kenneth Rendell turns on the lights inside a squat, nondescript building in Natick. Amid the glitz of nearby shopping centers, the exterior is purposely plain to protect the anonymity of the place and its treasure - an evocative and jaw-dropping collection of more than 6,000 wartime artifacts Rendell has gathered over four decades.
You can read the rest of the article here.

The museum website to schedule a visit can be found here.

Sounds like a place to take Jerry sometime!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jerry on Iwo Jima

This photo from the US Marines 4th Division book reportedly depicts Jerry (circled) on the beech awaiting word to board a ship to take them from Iwo Jima.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ann Sherlock with the big dessert at the Sherlock Brunch

The recent Sherlock brunch was held at Chelo's on Post Road in Warwick. Ann did have some help with her "big" dessert.

Jerry and I worked on our own dish of the "Outrageous Brownie Sundae".

It was outrageously large and very good.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Summer birthdays

Some of Jerry's clan got together this weekend to celebrate a couple of birthdays; Brianna and Carolyn.

The group of cousins (Jerry's grandchildren) agreed to pause their kick ball game for a photo at the behest of the adults.

It was really a brief moment as once the last picture was acknowledged, they did not waste anytime returning to frolic mode.

This too was interrupted for another photo shoot just of the Moody group.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

2 PawSox games this season, both wins

Dad Sherlock has been to 2 PawSox games this season, both time the team won. Maybe the family should write Ben Mondor a letter to let him know about Dad's record and try to work out a deal.

Dad and Steve took in the game today after visiting with one of his doctors. The check up went well. All the numbers are good and within the range. The one plus is that when she sees him in 3 months, she has elected not to do a full set of blood work. He can avoid a pin prick and giving up several vials.

Of the final score today was 6-4. The losing team the Yankee Triple AAA franchise from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Brouillard Cake

Brouillard_90613 011, originally uploaded by shersteve.

You can have the cake and eat it too!

Brouillard's 50th Anniversary

Brouillard_50thFamily, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Deena, Millie, Dick, and Kristy pose at the beginning of the party held Saturday night at River Falls in Woonsocket.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Story of Taps

There was a printed handout available at the Jean H Joyal ceremony on 6/6/09 with the story of the origination of Taps. While the printout was a compelling read, according to the West Point web site, the more accurate version of the story can be found here.

It must be pointed out that other stories of the origin of Taps exist. A popular one is that of a Northern boy who was killed fighting for the south. His father, Robert Ellicombe a Captain in the Union Army, came upon his son's body on the battlefield and found the notes to Taps in a pocket of the dead boy's Confederate uniform. When Union General Daniel Sickles heard the story, he had the notes sounded at the boy's funeral. There is no evidence to back up the story or the existence of Captain Ellicombe. As with many other customs, this solemn tradition continues today. Although Butterfield merely revised an earlier bugle call, his role in producing those 24 notes gives him a place in the history of music as well as the history of war.
Read the full story of the origin of Taps here.

Monday, June 8, 2009

slide show - military honors for Jean H Joyal

This is the photo slideshow for the military honors performed by the Westbrook Veterans Honor Guard and the Patriot Guard Riders for Jean H Joyal on June 6, 2009.

The audio for the ceremony can be found here

Military Honors for Jean H Joyal

This is Steve Sherlock with a special edition of Jerry's Story. Dad and I drove down to Westbrook, CT on Saturday June 6th to participate in the military honors ceremony for Jean H. Joyal coordinated by his brother Albert. The Westbrook Veterans Honor Guard and over 60 members of the Connecticut Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders conducted the ceremony.

Time: 18 minutes, 34 seconds

MP3 File

Session Notes:

Music intro My intro

This is Steve Sherlock with a special edition of Jerry's Story. Dad and I drove down to Westbrook, CT on Saturday June 6th to participate in the military honors ceremony for Jean H. Joyal coordinated by his brother Albert. The Westbrook Veterans Honor Guard and over 60 members of the Connecticut Chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders conducted the ceremony.

This audio recording will replay the ceremony almost in its entirety. I say almost as there was about 3 minutes edited out from the recording. This was the period when the Veteran Honor Guard had taken down the town flag and were folding it according to military protocol before passing it to the First Selectman, Noel Bishop.

Master of Ceremonies was Ken McCarthy
The Blessing was given by Pastor Reverend John W Wilson

A couple of notes on the recording:
  • This ceremony did take place on the green in Westbrook, CT. Some traffic sounds will appear in the background.
  • The ceremony started at 10:00 AM and during the flag ceremony, you will hear the local church bells ring ten times.
  • There is also a persistent minor clanking At first I wasn't sure where the clanking came from. Then as I listened to this again I found that the sound stopped when the flag ceremony began. I realize that the clanking was from the flag rope and connectors flapping against the pole in the gentle morning breeze.
On behalf of the Joyal family, I want to extend our thanks to all who made this event possible. It was a wonderful and moving tribute. Thank you!

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This podcast has been a community service effort provided to extended Joyal family

For additional information, please visit

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The musical intro and closing is from the Podsafe Music Network featuring Alexander Shulgin

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Patriot Guard Rider's bikes lined up

Over 55 Patriot Guard Riders showed up to honor Jean H Joyal with a brief and moving ceremony on the Westbrook, CT green on Saturday.

The Joyal Family is thankful for the outpouring of support.

More photos to follow.

Monday, June 1, 2009

John F. Sherlock Jr.

PhotoSHERLOCK, JOHN F. JR. ESQ., 90, of Robert St, Pawtucket died Saturday, May 30, 2009.

He was the husband of the late Leora A. (Balkcom) Sherlock.

Mr. Sherlock was born in Pawtucket, the son of the late John F. and Mary A. (King) Sherlock Sr. He was a Lt. Colonel in the United States Army serving in Europe during WWII. Mr. Sherlock was an Attorney in the City of Pawtucket for many years.

He is survived by his children John F. Sherlock III and his wife Karen of McLean VA, Matthew P. Sherlock and his wife Patricia of Seekonk MA, Mark P. Sherlock and his wife Paige of Pawtucket, Lauren Petrucelli and her husband Joseph of Duxbury MA, Moira Walker and her husband Ron , and Lisa Roberts and her husband Chris, both of Swansea MA, his brothers Gerald Sherlock of Smithfield, Henry Sherlock of Providence, his sisters, Martina Higgins of Narraganset, Angela Brousseau of Wakefield and Helene Mainor of North Kingston, 13 grandchilden and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Sherlock was the father of the late Leora Costa and the brother of the late Paul Sherlock, Edward Sherlock and M. Frances Campbell

The funeral for Mr. Sherlock will be Thursday at 9:00am from the MANNING-HEFFERN FUNERAL HOME, 68 Broadway, Pawtucket, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Marys Church, Coyle Drive Seekonk at 10:00am. His burial with full Military Honors will be in Mt. St. Marys Cemetery, Pawtucket. The calling hours will be Wednesday 4-7pm in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leora Costa Scholarship Fund C/O RI Hospital 169 Point St, Providence RI, 02903 or Beacon Hospice 1 Catamore Blvd, East Providence RI 02914 in Mr. Sherlocks memory. For online condolences please visit

Original published in the Providence Journal here