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DONALD E. MESSIER JR.

DONALD E. MESSIER JR. - HYDE PARK - Donald E. Messier Jr. passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, with his loving wife, Lynne, and two very dear friends and caregivers, cousin Paula Howland and Kerrie Junker by his side. Don had fought a courageous year-long battle with cancer. Don was born on July 7, 1940, in Lancaster, N.H., the only son of Donald Earl Messier Sr. and Verna Swift Messier. He grew up and attended school in Colebrook, N.H., where he was an outstanding athlete. He graduated from Plymouth State University and began a 38 year career of teaching and coaching, spending the last of these 33 years at Lamoille Union High School in Hyde Park. Don "Coach" Messier was a dedicated and wellloved mentor, coach and friend to countless Lamoille faculty, staff and students. In addition to his loving family, Don leaves behind a wide circle of colleagues and friends throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and the New England coaching community. Don was a devoted husband, father and "Papa". Don's love for his family and friends was apparent to all who knew him. He was known for his sense of humor and his numerous North Country sayings. Don loved and enjoyed the simple things in life: the four seasons, Maine's ocean and beaches, books, his dogs, the Hyde Park VFW, the Boston Red Sox, and all sports including those at Lamoille Union. Don is survived by his wife, Lynne, with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; son, Timothy, of Hyde Park; son, Todd, his wife Lisa, and beloved grandson, Jack of Jeffersonville; two uncles, nieces, nephews and many cousins. A celebration of Don's life will be held on Oct. 19, 2013, in Lamoille Union High School's Theater. The family will be available in the senior lobby area to welcome visitors from noon until Don's celebration begins at 1 p.m. A private family ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: The Messier Family, at P.O. Box 125, Hyde Park, VT 05655, in anticipation of establishing a Donald E. Messier Memorial Fund. The family invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.


Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 11, 2013
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