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DONALD GRACE SR. - BRISTOL - Donald "Ducky" Grace Sr., 80, died on July 30, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was a man with many talents and worked for the town of Bristol for many years. He loved hunting with his children and grandchildren. Donald was predeceased by his parents, Alvina "Dolly" Mason and Stewart Grace; stepfather, Wendell Mason; three brothers, Roland, Laurence, and John Grace; and foster son, David Wedge. Donald is survived by his wife, Lois (Fleming) Grace, of 61 years; five children, Norma and Michael Freegard, William and Alesia Grace, Donna Grace, Donald Grace Jr., and Lisa and Richard Tatro Jr.; Angel Thompson, a granddaughter whom he raised; two brothers, Ellis Grace and Joe Mason; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three ex-sons-in-law, Jerry Tanner Sr., Donald Wedge Jr., and Leslie Johnson; and special friend, Nana Thompson. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at Maple Cemetery in Lincoln, followed by a luncheon at Bristol Federated Church. There will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Addison County Home Health & Hospice, PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 1, 2015

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JOHN L. GARDNER - SHELBURNE - John L. Gardner, 89, of Shelburne, passed peacefully in his home on Sunday, July 26, 2015, after a long illness. Born Aug. 29, 1925, in Ashville, N.C., John was the son of Larry and Margaret Gardner of Burlington, Vt., where he grew up and attended public schools. John served in the armed forces during World War II under General Patton in Germany, where he received a Purple Heart. On his return, he attended and graduated from the University of Vermont. On Dec. 27, 1952, John married Florence "Flossie" Reid, also of Burlington. The couples' first home was on Cliff Street in Burlington and later, they moved to Swift Street in South Burlington where they raised their family. Over the years, John worked for the Maltex Cereal Company and the University of Vermont. John's passions were American history, trains and the Boston Red Sox. Following his interests, John volunteered as a guide at the Shelburne Museum for over 30 years and loved to ride all the regional and local trains, from Montreal to North Carolina. He was a skilled trainspotter and photographer. Many of his train photos have appeared in various professional train publications. John is survived by his son, Jamie and his wife, Marcia, of Richmond; sister-in-law, Betsy Gardner of South Burlington; nieces, Samantha and Kate; and nephews, Geoff and Alex. John was predeceased by his wife, Flossie; daughter, Anne; and brother, Larry. John's family would like to express their extreme gratitude to John's longtime caregiver, Eric Adu, and to his good friend, Ray Beaudry. A graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging at ; or HomeShare Vermont at .
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 30, 2015

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MARCEL GAGNE - ESSEX CENTER - Marcel Gagne, 83, of Essex Center, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015, in the University of Vermont Medical Center with his family at his side. Marcel was born in St. Jacques-le-Mineur, Quebec, Canada, on Feb. 18, 1932, the son of Emilien and Bertha (Beaudin) Gagne. He grew up with five brothers, Armand (Lucie), Lucien (Florence), Albert (Pierrette), Jean (Lise), and Denis; as well as two sisters, Lucille (Gerard) and Jeannine. He immigrated to the United States in 1951, and proudly served in the U.S. Army in the Korean Conflict, from 1953 to 1955. On Oct. 22, 1955, he was married to Nicole Lucier in St. Jacques-or-Mineur. He graduated from Hudson Valley Technical College in Troy, N.Y., with an Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (1958) and worked for Sheridan Iron Works & Harris-Intertype Corp. in Champlain, N.Y., before he joined IBM in 1966, in Essex Junction, Vt. He retired from IBM in February of 1992. Marcel was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America, the Chittenden County Midget Hockey Association, American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Marcel is survived by his loving wife, Nicole; three children, Paul and wife, Margaret (Przybylowicz), Robert "Bob" and wife, Mary (Doran), and Ronald; grandchildren, Matthew and wife, Agnieszka (Empel), Nicholas and fiancee, Cate McNelis, Allison, Bryan, Alyssa, Brigitte, and Joseph; and great-grandchildren, Simon and Caroline. Family activities were paramount to Marcel, as his life revolved around his grandchildren and their children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. in St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Essex Center. Following the Mass, Military Honors will be accorded and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. To send online condolences, please visit . In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mount Norris Boy Scout Reservation Alumni Association, 113 Center Road, Essex Junction, VT 05452, ( ); or to the Wounded Warrior Project at .
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 28, 2015
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