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POWNAL -- Adam E. Boutin, of Miami, Fla., 27, son of Laura and Jim Boutin of Pownal, died on Sept. 14, 2006, from complications resulting from an injury he suffered seven years ago.

Adam was born in Bennington on Feb. 28, 1979. He grew up with his family in Pownal, attended local schools and graduated with the class of 1998 from Mount Anthony Union High School. He is survived by his older brother Andrew, of Montpelier; his loving sister Jennifer Mane (Boutin), of Canton, Mass.; his paternal grandfather Leon Boutin, of Bennington; maternal grandparents Mary and Ed Dwyer, of DeFreestville, N.Y.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, all whom he loved dearly.

Adam worked briefly as an automotive mechanic, enjoying many vehicles and spending time hanging out “at the garage.” He loved to ski, snowboard, snowmobile, camp and hunt. He also loved trucks and country music. As a young man, he was a member of the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program and served as a volunteer fireman with the Pownal Center Fire Department.

On March 3, 1999, Adam suffered a crippling spinal cord injury while snowmobiling with friends on Woodford Lake.

Since that time, though confined to a wheelchair, he persisted to be independent. He worked for five years with children as a computer lab assistant at the Monument Elementary School and with the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Alternative Education Programs. He attended summer programs with the Shake a Leg Foundation in Newport, R.I. In the summer of 2005, he worked as a camp counselor in Poland Springs, Maine, for the Easter Seals Foundation at the Camp Agassi Program for disadvantaged and disabled inner city children. It was there that he met his beloved, Erin Jackson, and they decided to plan a life together in Miami. Adam recently appeared as a guest on the TV series Miami Ink. The show documented his life and struggle as a paraplegic and focused on him receiving a tattoo of a coy fish transforming into a dragon. Adam explained in the show how the artwork represented his struggle to find courage and hope to someday walk again. Adam now walks again for eternity with the Lord Almighty.

At the request of the family, there will be no calling hours. A funeral Mass honoring Adam’s life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, Main St., Bennington. Donations in Adam’s memory may be made in his name to the Christopher Reeves Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20, 2006
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