WILFRED A. "DIZZY" DESILETS

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WILFRED A. "DIZZY" DESILETS - WILLISTON/BURLINGTON - Wilfred A. "Dizzy" Desilets, 69, of Williston, formerly of Burlington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2013, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Burlington on June 28, 1943, the son of Henry and Marie (Boucher) Desilets. He attended Burlington schools, and proudly served in the Vermont Air National Guard. On Sept. 15, 1989, he married Patricia J. Vezina in Burlington. Dizzy had been employed by Sears Roebuck Co. for over 30 years as a service technician. He was formerly employed as operational manager for 13 years for the former Tower Restaurants. He was currently selfemployed as a service technician, and owned and operated "Dizzy's Donuts" at the Champlain Valley Fair and at Adams Apple Orchard for over 20 years. Dizzy was an active member in many area social organizations. He was a longtime member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge #916, where he was a past exalted ruler, past trustee and current state trustee, served on several committees and proudly organized the annual French Dinner, monthly American Red Cross Blood Drive and the weekly Bingo, all of which are still ongoing and successful today. While Exalted Ruler, he designed the new banquet facilities which are now named in his honor. He became a member of the Shriners, Mount Sinai Charter #3 on May 9, 1992. In 1995, he was instrumental in organizing the monthly Bingo. In 2004, he was chosen to become a Jester and in 2009, he was elevated to the 133rd Potentate. He was also State President of the Shriners in 2009. He was also currently a member of the VFW Howard Plant Post #782, the American Legion Post #91, the Eagles Club Aerie #793, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. With endless energy and generosity, Dizzy always gave 100% of himself to anyone in need. Wilfred is survived by his beloved wife, Pat of Williston; children, Anne Marie Cross and fiance, Steve Baker, Ernest Desilets and wife, Lisa, and Diane Adams and husband, John; grandchildren, Nicholas, Adam, Alissa, Shannon, Corey and Matthew; sisters and brother, Joanne Dion and husband, Doug, Lorraine Bleau, Claudette Kosa and husband, Phil, and Henry Desilets and wife, Alice; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He also leaves his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Janice Fitzpatrick and husband, Floyd, and Claire Quentin and husband, Paul. He was predeceased by his parents; grandson, Anthony Boisvert; brothers, Robert, Alcide Rene and Maurice; and son-in-law, Jack Cross. A celebration of his life and funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Essex Alliance Church, Old Stage Road, Essex Junction. Burial will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m., with the Elks Lodge conducting their service at 7 p.m., followed by the Shriners' service. Following the two services, the family will be leaving for the evening. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To send online condolence, please visit www.readyfuneral.com. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607; or the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Road, Williston, VT 05495.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Mar. 17 to Mar. 18, 2013
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