Leo W. Austin of Westfield, was born July 13, 1940 and died July 11, 2005, following a long and heroic battle with cancer.
He was born in Newport, the son of Clyde Austin and Mary Paye Austin of North Troy.
On July 11, 1964 he married Emily MacKenzie. Together they had three children: Timothy and wife Shelley of Williston, Bradley of Waterbury Center, and Jennifer and husband Jim Densmore of Morrisville.
He is survived by his wife, children, and five grandchildren: Tucker Austin, Matthew and Hannah Austin and Garrett and Connor Densmore; brothers Roger Austin of Marlborough, Connecticut, Donald Austin of North Troy, and sister Jean Longley of Westfield, and many nieces and nephews.
Leo had a life long interest in fishing, hunting and being in the out of doors. Closest to his heart was spending time with family and friends.
From 1958 to 1964 Leo served in the United States Navy. Among his jobs in the Navy was Aviation Store keeper. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Leo was employed by Lewis Dairy in sales and delivery. He was then employed as a salesman by Natole Motor Co. Following his years as car salesman, he worked in sales at W.S. Mitchell Farm Machinery. Leo then ventured into business for himself selling agriculture related products, chief among them being rubber mats.
Leo was a member of the American Legion Post #28, and the Knights of Columbus of Troy.
Friends may call at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, Darling Hill Road, Newport (formerly Sias Ave.) on Thursday, July 14 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Members of the Knights of Columbus Troy Council are requested to meet at the funeral home at 6:30 Thursday evening for prayers for Brother Leo. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 15 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Jerome Mercure officiating. Interment will follow at the North Troy Village cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Leo’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc. 13 Loomis St., Montpelier, VT 05602 or the Sacred heart Parish of Troy, VT.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through curtis-britch-converse-rushford.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Homes, locally family owned and operated.