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Andrew Michael Bissonnette

Andrew Michael Bissonnette, affectionately known as “Drewbird,” passed away and joined his brother Dave on January 30th, 2019. Drew will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Drew is survived by his mother, Paula Kolich-Dusablon; Father, David Bissonnette and his fiancé, Darleen Hubacher; his siblings Benjamin and Zachary Bissonnette (Amanda Schroth), Meaghan and Molly Kolich, Step-father, Thomas Kolich; Grandfather, Richard Dusablon; his nieces and nephews; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is predeceased by his brother, David L. Bissonnette, Grandparents Leo & Yvonne Bissonnette, Grandmother Pauline Dusablon. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, February 8th, at 3 p.m. at the VFW, located at 6 Maple Street, Winooski. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to COTS, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

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Charles “Chuck” West

Charles “Chuck” Thomas West was born in Haverford, Pennsylvania on November 16, 1959. He attended New England College with the goal of becoming an elementary school teacher but left school early to join the U. S. Marines Corps. He served from 1981 to 1988 as Aviation Ordnance. After the service he moved to New York City to help out a cousin. While there he worked in a bike shop and for Con Edison. In 1991 he married Phyllis Newbeck and they moved to Jericho in 1995. In 2006 he married Laurie Dague and they moved to North Carolina for 10 years but returned to Vermont because he missed the mountains. Chuck was the first full-time black (a term he preferred to African-American) ski instructor at Smugglers’ Notch and then their first full-time black ski patrol member, working part-time at Ski Rack and Old Spokes Home fixing bikes for their Everybody Bikes programs. Chuck was an avid road cyclist, skier and speedskater, but injuries hobbled him in recent years. He participated and volunteered with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports Veterans Ventures program in Vermont and was often seen in the winter months at Bolton Valley Ski area sharing his passion of the outdoors with his peer recovery group of fellow veterans.

There will be a memorial service for Chuck @ 1:30pm Friday, February 8th 2019 with Pastor Mark Mendes officiating at the First Congregational Church in Essex Junction Vermont, where we can share with each other our memories of Chuck

Arrangements are with Champlain Cremation.

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David Decosta

Known for his big heart and ready smile, David DeCosta of Burlington, VT passed away unexpectantly from a heart attack on January 24. He was 31 years of age.

He is the son of Mary Lou DeCosta of Colchester, VT and Ronald DeCosta of Utica, NY. He is survived by his sister, Elaine Day of DeFuniak Springs, FL, his aunts and uncles, and several cousins.

Grandparents are Jack and the late Marge Authelet of Foxboro, MA. and Ronald and the late Mary Madeline DeCosta of North Dighton, MA.

David enjoyed music, on-line gaming and time with family and friends. He attended Colchester schools. David was night auditor at Days Inn in Colchester and enjoyed the support and encouragement of his co-workers and the night auditor Reddit group.

A service is scheduled at the Mallets Bay Congregational Church, 1672 West Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, VT on Saturday, February 9 at 11 a.m. There will also be a service in the Spring in Foxborough, MA.

In lieu of flowers, and according to Dave’s heart, make someone smile every day, do a kindness for a stranger without expecting anything in return and help make the world a better place one day at a time.

Arrangements are with Champlain Cremation.

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Janet Parker

On January 27, 2019 at 07:30 am our mother Janet Parker passed away surrounded by her children. She was born at home on North Avenue in Burlington, VT, and anyone who was ever in the car with her driving down North Avenue you will know exactly which house it is. She grew up in Burlington and graduated from cathedral high school in 1950.

I could go on and follow a template telling you who she left behind and where they were from, but what I want to tell you is what a beautiful person she was. And how above all her family was the most important thing in her life. And how she gave so selflessly, even when she had nothing. She would have gladly shared with you. She was strong willed and stubborn. She loved to travel and wanted to see all that the world had to offer. She read endless amounts of books and took pride in every garden she ever planted. We moved too many times to count, but each house was a home because she made it that way. She bought her first house in 1987, her little house in the woods, and until she became sick that was her sanctuary. In the end, we as a family, told her that we would spend the rest of her life traveling as often as we could and make sure that she did everything she wanted to do. Our sister Karen retired and took on the role as mom’s companion and mom would wake every morning and after her coffee would wander out and ask “what’s the plan?”

She was loved by so many including her best friend sully who was by her side at every moment. We thank god every day that We had her as a mother. And even though our hearts are broken we find comfort in knowing that she went to heaven being greeted by family, hopefully with a glass of wine. May the sky always be sunny and warm mom. We love you.

In lieu of flowers please make a

Donation in her name to all breeds rescue.
In honor of mom’s wishes there will be no funeral but instead a celebration of her life.
June 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM

My. Philo state park

Charlotte, VT, USA

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Emile J. Limoge, Jr

Emile J. Limoge, Jr., 87, known as Junior to his family, peacefully passed away at Birchwood Terrace in Burlington, Thursday, September 27, 2018 with his wife of 67 years by his side. He formerly lived in Winooski, Hinesburg and St. Albans, VT.

Emile was born at home in Winooski on January 1, 1931. The first baby of the New Year in Vermont. Emile left school after 8th grade to work to help support his family. He had several jobs but one he spoke often of was being a bellhop at the Hotel Vermont. He would work between the Hotel Vermont and the Van Ness Hotel when the Van Ness were short staffed. At the Hotel Vermont, Emile met the love of his life, Muriel J. Rouille. They were both employed by the hotel and were married January 20, 1951.

Emile honorable served his country in the US Air Force and was part of the 74th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Emile spent a year stationed overseas in Thule, Greenland as an aircraft mechanic on the P51 Mustang during the Korean War Era. Through his year in Greenland, he gained status through the US Air Force as a ”Brother Blue Nose” by the Order of the Knights of The Blue Nose for his tenure residing above the Arctic Circle. After the military, Emile was employed by Vermont Transit Bus Company as a diesel mechanic where he worked for 36 years prior to retiring to enjoy life with his wife.

Emile loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed seeing new places, boating, hunting, camping and always was one for a joke or a silly antic to make you laugh. He loved to meet and talk with people. He was a social butterfly!

He is survived by his wife, Muriel J Limoge and his 3 children, June M Potvin, of Monkton, VT, Emile (Buster) W Limoge (and his wife Brenda) of Tellico Plains, TN and Brenda C Kelley ( and her husband Ricky) of Fletcher, VT. Emile has 8 grandchildren who love him dearly: Stephanie, Melissa, Brandi Lindsay, Adam, Necole, Heather and Crystal as well as 15 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Emile is also survived by his oldest sister, Dorothy Hudson, of Methuen, MA and youngest sister, Claire Macey, of Morrisonville, NY. He was predeceased by his parents Emile, Sr and Yvonne Limoges, a younger brother and sister, Raymond Limoges and Lorraine Blow.

The family would like to thank Dr. Zail Berry and Dr. Lynn Wilkinson as well as the entire staff of Birchwood Terrace for the care, support and comfort they provided to our father while he resided with them for the last 14 months.

A burial service will take place on Monday, October 22, 2018, 11am, at St. Albans Bay Cemetery located on lower Lake Street, St. Albans Bay, Vermont. Following the burial there will be a celebration of Emile’s life at the American Legion Post 1 where he was a member, 100 Parah Dr., St. Albans City, VT. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Emile’s memory to the Alzheimer Association (www.alz.org).

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Pamela J. Thurber

Pamela J. Thurber, 58 of Milton VT; lost her battle with Cancer on June 26, 2018 at UVM Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones. Pamela was a loving Life Partner, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister and Friend. She will be missed Dearly by all who knew her!
We will be having a “Celebration of Life” for Pamela on July 14, 2018 from 2pm - 4pm at 13195 Route 116, Hinesburg, VT 05461. All are welcome to come Celebrate!

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Tina Marie (Murray) Doyle

Tina Marie (Murray) Doyle, 52, of Burlington, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2018 after a long battle with leukemia. Born on March 18, 1966, she was the daughter of Perley Murray Jr and Rena Jones. Tina's greatest joy was her relationship with her grandson Julian and daughter Alyssa. Tina is survived by her grandson Julian, Alyssa Doyle and Benjamin Conroy, sisters Mary and husband John Rouille, Penny and husband William Lebeau, two brothers Perley Murray, III, and Leslie Shaw, Rene and wife Joan Murray and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Grandma and Grandpa and one sister, Mary Ann Gadue. There will be a gathering of family and friends at the Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd, Essex to celebrate Tina's life, from 3:00 to 7:00 on Friday, April 27th. Arrangements are in the care of Champlain Cremation Service, www.champlaincremation.com.

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Donald Gordon

Donald J. “Donnie” Gordon passed away on March 14, 2018. He worked for many years as a painter and carpenter.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Taylor Lin Crowl, sisters Brenda Wells and Michelle Lamphere, brothers Micheal Gordon and David Richard, and extended family. He was predeceased by his mother Mary Gordon, and two brothers Jay and Ronnie Gordon.

A burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with Champlain Cremation, www.champlaincremation.com.

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Diane M. Gallup, 61, passed away peacefully with loving family at her side on December 30, 2017 at the Respite House in Colchester.

She was born in St. Albans, VT on November 9, 1956 to the late Ross & Martha (Campeau) Gallup. She graduated from Burlington High School and lived for many years in Winooski, VT.

Diane loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Some of her many hobbies include crocheting, playing cards and spending endless hours on jigsaw puzzles. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her cat, Chill, who was at her side to the end.

She is survived by her daughter, Melissa and her children, and her son, Ricky and his children. Along with her stepmom, Janet Gallup, she is also survived by her siblings, Ann (Bob) Thomas, Nancy Gallup, Lisa (Steve) Peck, Mary (Al) Krebser, Susan (John) Mailhotte, Linda Baillargeon, Michael Milo and Laurie (Bob) L’Ecuyer. She leaves behind several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of whom will miss her smile, especially her cousin, Linda DelPrete and her special friend, Richard.

Aside from her parents, she was predeceased by her longtime partner, Rick Shuler. Her heart was broken when her son, Shane Shuler, predeceased her in May, 2007.

A Celebration of Diane’s life will be held on Saturday, January 27th from 11 – 2 at the VFW, 6 Maple Street, Winooski, VT, where all are welcome to share memories of Diane. A private burial will be held later in the spring.