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GLENN KELLY DUFRESNE

GLENN KELLY DUFRESNE - BURLINGTON - Glenn peacefully left his besieged body on June 12, 2013, in the reverent company of family in the ICU, FAHC hospital in Burlington. Born June 22, 1980, to parents Janet and Richard Dufresne, his life displayed remarkable athletic talent, a sweet spirit and love for both family and a good time. He was a fearless friend, compassionate guide, and could reveal a hallmark dry wit. Glenn lived with severe asthma, chronic kidney disease until an organ transplant at age 16, later surviving advanced cancer at age 20. Throughout, he played team sports, studied martial arts, worked, and managed Gamestop Stores. Recently, enduring many hospitalizations, progressive lung disease finally overcame his persevering labors to be listed for a lung transplant. Along with his sister and best friend, Glenn began a life practice of Tae KwanDo in middle school, and graduated from South Burlington High. He achieved a 4th degree black belt in TKD, competing locally and nationally. In 1999 and 2001, he competed internationally with the World Congress of Martial Arts, and taught self-defense at Johnson State College for over four years. In 2010, as cofounder of the United Fighting Arts Institute, with Deb and Chris Ballard, Glenn realized a dream by opening a multi-style martial arts facility of U.F.A.I. in Shelburne. Glenn is survived by his parents; sister, Autumn; stepdad, Peter; aunts, Marilyn and Lorraine; godparents, Peggy and Dennis; cousins, Joe, Rob, Janet, Patty, Nan, Bill, the 3 M's, and families; and his beloved only nephew, Connor, they had a special bond and Connor will miss him always. He will also be deeply missed by his second family, the Skiffs; roommates, Chris, Deb, Matt, Mike; goddaughter, Cailie; a special Fenway pal; two very dear Yankee fans; and a host of friends far and wide. We've thankful hearts for everyone we met at FAHC, from nursing through all departments, especially staffs of the tireless, skilled, caring physicians, Ann Guillot, Alan Homans, David Kaminsky, Joseph Haddock and Margaret, and incomparable PT, Brian Roy. Thank you to Dr. Albert St. Amand, each VNA angel, Glenn's support team for Boston, E.J. Lions Club, the Deaf Community, Clay's ladies, special neighbors, Karin always there for us, and all who personally or anonymously brought spiritual and material nourishment over the years . We are celebrating Glenn with a Birthday Party open house/potluck, Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. Comfort each other with laughter, stories, hugs, and music, as it is his party, at U.F.A.I., 1891 Williston Road, No. 3, South Burlington, directly behind Enterprise Rental Cars. Online condolences may be sent via www.gregorycremation.com. Anyone wishing to send donations can mail them to Janet Dufresne, 216 Lake St., #205, Burlington. Family hopes to establish a scholarship in Glenn's name.


Published in The Burlington Free Press from June 17 to June 20, 2013
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