Roland "Chief" Jerome

  • Born: August 5, 1943
  • Died: January 24, 2020
  • Location: Winchendon, Massachusetts

Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home

42 Concord Street
Maynard, MA 01754

Tel. (978) 897-7343

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband,Father,Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Brother

Roland "Chief" Jerome, age 76, of Winchendon, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020. Roland was the loving husband of Barbara A. (Algeri) Jerome.

Chief was born in Maria (Gesgapegiag), Quebec, Canada, on August 5, 1943, to Louis W. and Alma (Vicaire) Jerome. He was the 2nd eldest son of sixteen children, His brothers and sisters are, Bernard (Deceased), Clara, Cecile, Peter, Bernard, Clifford (Deceased), William, Rainy, Lucy, Angela, Kathleen, Donat, Agnes, Louis and Christine. Chief was raised and educated in Gesgapegiag First Nation, Quebec, Canada, located on the south shore of the Gaspe' Peninsula. He was proud of his Mi'kMaq ancestry. Chief and Barbara married on February 1, 1964 and settled in Fayville MA. Chief went on to attend St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, to become a counselor for drug and alcohol addiction. He was a proud member of AA and his forty-four years of sobriety.

Chief worked in construction for many years and then for the town of Maynard, Department of Public Works for fifteen years retiring in 2005.

Chief was a spiritual man and a member of the United Native American Cultural Center in Devens, MA. He loved attending Powwows. He also enjoyed celebrating with family and friends drumming, chanting and dancing. Chief was an avid fisherman. He looked forward to his yearly Father's Day salmon fishing trip to Gesgapegiag. He enjoyed Indian Steak and always looked forward to his Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Chief is survived by his wife Barbara A. Jerome of Winchendon, MA; his children, Sharon Jerome and husband Richard Ripley Jr. of Winchendon, MA; Rhonda Jerome of Epping, NH; Angela and husband Bevan Quinn Jr. of Townsend, MA; Roland C. Jerome Jr. of Epping, NH; grandchildren Danielle, Anthony, Bevan III, Nicholas, Lauren, Amber and Kiley; and great grandchild Jameson and many Nieces and Nephews.

Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Chief on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Fowler-Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. His funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Fowler- Kennedy Funeral Home, 42 Concord Street, Maynard. Burial will be private at a later date.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the United Native American Cultural Center, P.O. Box 711 Ayer, MA 01432. There will be a Memorial Powwow at the United Native American Cultural Center at 29 Antietam Street, Devens MA on Saturday May 16, & Sunday May 17.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Roland, Im so glad I got to spend time with you at the family reunion this past summer! You will be missed and my thoughts go out to your family!

Posted by Donna Rowean - York, ME   February 03, 2020

I'm so sad that Chief Roland is gone... but oh, so honored to have known him.
His humor, wisdom and greatness will always remain deep in my heart...
My thoughts are also with Barbara... for her children... he is now with the Great Spirit, all around us, like a ray of sunshine, like a breeze in the wind, whispering words of encouragement... and in the depths of our hearts, forever...
Cathy 'La Mademoiselle', Pilon

Posted by Cathy Pilon - Quebec - Friend   January 30, 2020

Thank you Chief Roland for everything you taught us. Thank you for all the things you do to help your brothers and sisters. We love you and miss you so much. I send all my love to the rest of the family ❤

Posted by Joe Dunchus - St Albans, VT - Friend   January 30, 2020

Smokes rising for his Journey. His words and lessons are left for us to follow. Niawneh (TY) for your friendship. Onakiwahe' my friend.

Posted by Searching Owl - Washington, NH - Friend   January 29, 2020


Chief Roland, my friend and brother in our sober journey. Our UNACC Chief and mentor. You brought joy and wisdom to every life you touched and will be sorely missed. You have a beautiful family and I know you are smiling down on them as you rest peacefully with the creator. Love from Jennifer Beal

Posted by jennifer Beal - Winchendon, MA - Friend   January 29, 2020

Sending Smoke and Prayers for comfort and peace to Chief's beloved Barbara, daughters Sharon, Rhonda, Angela, and the rest of his immediate and extended family. THANK YOU for sharing his love, strength, and witticisms with us. UNACC has thrived so much from his leadership, his teachings, and his love. He had a lot of love to share with everyone in the community. I am so saddened by his crossing. Until we all meet again... Onagawake my friend, my mentor.

Posted by Doria Kutrubes - WALTHAM, MA - Friend   January 29, 2020

My prayers to Auntie and her family in the incoming hard days.

Posted by Cindy Rasmusson - North Smithfield, RI - Family   January 29, 2020

My family is so sad to hear of Chief Roland's passing. He was loved very much by everyone who knew him.

Posted by Lynn Batten - Woonsocket, RI - acquaintance   January 28, 2020


i am saddened to hear of Roland passing, he was friends with my Grandmother, ever since i was a child i always looked forward to seeing him in the parade. He was such a nice man. He will surely be missed.

Posted by Shannon R - MA   January 28, 2020



Posted by MAYDELLE IRENE GAMESTER GAMESTER - GROTON, MA - Friend   January 28, 2020

Roland is now in the arms of the Great Spirit. Am blessed to have known him and am grateful for his help in my early days of recovery. ~Stoney

Posted by Bill S. aka Stoney - W. Boylston, MA - Friend   January 28, 2020

Barbara I am so sorry for the loss of Roland ..
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cheryl Parks Parks - Marlborough, MA   January 28, 2020

My the Lord keep you in his Arms. Love Jamie and Walter.

Posted by Walter Clayton - Brockton, MA - Friend   January 28, 2020

Barbara & Family, So sorry for your loss. I will always remember the wonderful spiritualism Roland brought into our family. He will be missed. Love, Sue & Danny

Posted by Sue Jasinski - Southboro, MA - Family   January 27, 2020

Now he goes in peace as he sits with others that have gone on before him. As he sits in council with other Chiefs he will be missed dearly

Posted by Roseann Cardello - Woonsocket, RI - Friend   January 27, 2020

So many memories came rushing through my heart when I learned of your passing. The pow wows in Watertown and Woburn are some of my earliest ones. Then UNACC, and so many others. I will miss your kind words, your sense of humor and so much more.

Posted by Bettie Connors - Arlington, MA - Friend   January 27, 2020

God the Creator wanted a kind and gentle man, he sent for you Roland. aquene

Posted by Grandmother Puddingstone - FALL RIVER, MA - Friend   January 27, 2020

Im so sorry for ur loss Auntie Barbara,Sharon,Angela,Rhonda and RoRo Chief u will b greatly missed say hi to Meme an daddy up there for me hope u guys are having fun playing bingo

Posted by Cody Lachappelle - North Smithfield, RI - Family   January 27, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the family and especially to his wife, Barbara. My heart hurts learning of such a great family friend leaving this earth too soon. Honorable & humble, dedicated to preserving his heritage and so very proud, he spoke of simple truths seasoned with wisdom, I well remember our talks. I was so very lucky to have known him and so fortunate to have had the opportunity to share with him that adventure a few years ago; leaving just after dawn and driving all day in the pouring rain to Indian Island to drop off food and supplies - my radio didn't go on once that day and we talked the whole ride, there and back, (10 hours) it was my pleasure for sure... I never called him by his given name he was always the Chief to me and I will forever be greateful for the respect and honor he bestowed upon my dad when he was in his last days, bringing him the Eagle feather and singing him out with native prayer (a silent promise kept - made between two men with so much love, honor and respect) and then again just 6 years later the prayer song left open at my dads memorial ...chanted and closed by the Chief at my mothers memorial to seal them together on their journey. I will never forget you and all that you have done for so many, the pride that you inspired brings tears to my eyes - I will miss you my friend and your big bear hugs - My heart tells me you are not alone and that you are healthy and whole in all of God's perfection ~ in loving company, with good friends and family that assembled to meet you, and guide you home. In due time I will see you once again. Until we meet may your soul find endless joy in the company of the Great Spirit and Bless you with peace.

Posted by Carol Richards deOliveira - Hudson, MA - Family Friend   January 27, 2020

On behalf of Humble Spirit drum I send our condolences and smoke on eagles wings in honor of a man who we coincided our respected chief and elder may he walk in beauty with creator and the ancestors A'ho til we meet again Msit No'kmaq

Posted by Jay Singing Spirit Cunningham - Taunton, MA - Student   January 26, 2020

To the family my deepest condolences. I met him and his family in Presque Isle at Spruce Haven many years ago. Many laughs, story tellings singing and such was had with Roland and his family. I fondly remember those times. Fly high with the angels Roland.RIP.

Posted by Debbie Hinkley - Strong, ME - Acquaintance   January 26, 2020

Barbara, Angela and family, We are sorry for your loss. May your memories help ease your pain. Keeping all of you in our prayers during this difficult time.
Kas & Teresa

Posted by Kas Quinn - Leominster, MA - Family Friend   January 26, 2020

RIP Uncle Roland the great spirit you are with God now.. You will be greatly missed from family and friends.. You have touched so many hearts with your love and laughter.. A smile we will never forget.. You will always be remembered in our hearts... Your great spirit will watch over your family.
Love you your niece Louise Bragdon

Posted by Louise Bragdon - Johnston, RI - Family   January 26, 2020

While I am saddened by Chief Roland's passing, I know now he doesn't have any pain or suffering. Roland was an awesome patriarchal figure, not just looked up to for his height but for his wisdom, insight and all the things that made him the strong man he was. I am grateful to have known him since 2004. Since my husband is also in heaven, I bet he and Chief Roland are dancing with the Ancients and sharing stories with all who will listen.

Posted by Pamela Levesque - Leominster, MA - Friend   January 26, 2020

Dennis Three Feathers Gedeon and Catherine Gedeon (Listuguj-Campbellton) sending our sincere condolences to the family and friends.

Posted by Dennis Three Feathers Gedeon - Listuguj-Campbellton NB Cana - Family Friend   January 26, 2020


Matt and I are so saddened by the passing of Roland. We will make sure that UNACC continues to bring forth the Native culture to honor Roland's spirit. Roland was our friend, our teacher and our mentor. UNACC will never be the same without you - the world will never be the same without you. Rest in peace Roland. All your earthly pains are gone now. We love you and we will always keep you in our hearts. Until we meet again...

Posted by Lorena and Matt Novak - Groton, MA - Friend   January 26, 2020

To the family, we are so sorry for your loss, may he rest in peace

Posted by Sherry & Andre Mallette - Gesgapegiag, Canada - Acquaintance   January 26, 2020

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Matt and I are so saddened by the passing of Roland. We will make sure that UNACC continues to bring forth the Native culture to honor Roland's spirit. Roland was our friend, our teacher and our mentor. UNACC will never be the same without you - the world will never be the same without you. Rest in peace Roland. All your earthly pains are gone now. We love you and we will always keep you in our hearts. Until we meet again...