Father Gerald A. Marchand
Father Gerald A. Marchand

Father Gerald A. Marchand, who served as a weekend assistant in St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, died Feb.15, 2021. He was 92.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Feb. 23 at St. Martha Church, 3800 Herbertsville Road, Point Pleasant Borough, NJ 08742. The viewing will be 10:15-10:45 a.m., with the funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in St. Catherine Cemetery,1100 W. Chicago Blvd., Sea Girt, NJ 08750.

Father Marchand was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Bayonne and attended the town’s St. Vincent Parish and Grammar School. He was a member of the parish Drum and Bugle Corps, which he later wrote about in the book “All for One and One for All.”

He graduated the Jesuit-run high school St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Seton Hall University, South Orange, and a master’s degree in divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary, Darlington. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Newark May 29, 1954, in St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, Newark, by Archbishop Thomas A. Boland.

After ordination, he began a 24-year term as parochial vicar in St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Irvington, simultaneously serving as chaplain to the city’s police and fire departments. In 1978, Father Marchand became the fourth pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, West Orange.

During his 20-year pastorate there, Father Marchand completed a history on the 75-year-old West Orange parish. He then began a monthly newsletter about the St. Vincent Drum and Bugle Corps of his youth called “The Beat Goes On.” He was a contributor for 13 years.

Father Marchand retired from active ministry in the Archdiocese of Newark in 1998 and moved to Point Pleasant Borough, where he served in St. Martha Church as a weekend assistant before his death.