JAMES LEO DELISLE JR. - COLCHESTER - James Leo Delisle Jr., of Colchester, passed away peacefully after a long and difficult battle with liver cancer, on March 7, 2014, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Jim, born in Burlington on July 14, 1938, was the son of the late James Leo Delisle Sr. and Elaine Norma (Bushway), also of Colchester. Jim graduated from Burlington High School, Class of 1957. Prior to graduation, he entered the US Navy
in 1955. Upon graduation he served aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts. While on the Sammy B, he visited many countries including Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Cuba, Denmark, Iran and Greece. Jim attended the 1959 opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Quebec, Canada. Continuing his military career as a reservist, Jim served with the Vermont Sea Bee's, a local unit chosen to be the cold weather battalion with training in Alaska and Iceland. Jim retired from the Navy Mobil Construction Battalion in 1998, as a Steel Worker, Sr. Chief, with 29 years of loyal service. He dutifully served his country, spending seven months in the Vietnam Campaign in 1968-1969. His final duty was as Officer in Charge at the US Naval Reserve Center, Burlington Waterfront location. He was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Bosley, of Colchester, on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 1959, at Holy Cross Church, by the Rev. Joseph Joy. Jim worked for the University of Vermont's Physical Plant for more than 42 years, following in the footsteps of his father. Jim began his UVM career at the age of 12, dusting the student chairs, and by age 14 he was mowing lawns in the summertime. Upon receiving an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy, Jim continued to work at UVM as a Master Welder, eventually becoming Drafter/Estimator and finally retiring in 1995. Traditionally, new homes in the early days were built through the collaboration of family carpenters, roofers, plumbers, electricians and skilled laborers. Jim and Shirley's home was designed and built in 1964 with the generous help of many immediate family members. As his two sons, Tim and Mark, became old enough, most of Jim's after-work hours would be spent tirelessly replacing and repairing asphalt and slate roofs in Burlington and surrounding areas. With a long-standing wealth of knowledge as a Jack-of-all-trades, Jim began a short career working as a Real Estate Agent, before final retirement. Jim's last years were spent "yard sailing" to collect treasures (especially clocks), hunting with his family and friends, trips to Montana with Roger, enjoying afternoon barbeques and watching his grandchildren grow. Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley; two sons, Timothy Delisle and wife, Catherine Comar, of Sunderland, and Mark and Susan (Enos) Delisle of Charlotte; two daughters, Ann Faryniarz of Jericho, and Melissa Dickinson and husband, Aaron, of South Burlington; 10 grandchildren, Ethan, Hunter and Dakota Delisle, Grace and John Delisle, Joseph and Lee Faryniarz, and Amanda, Adam and Anna Companion; two sisters, Shirley (Delisle) Foster of Burlington, and Carolyn (Delisle) Demore of West Brookfield, Mass.; one brother, Gary Delisle and wife, Marilynn, of Arizona; stepsister, Cindy Jones of Burlington; inlaws, Frances Bosley of Colchester, Betty Marrier of Fairfax, Joan Bosley of Burlington, Marian Bosley of South Burlington, Theresa Martin of Colchester, and Tom and Sally Bosley of Underhill; many nieces and nephews; extended family members including, Tia Delisle, Joseph Faryniarz, and Daniel Companion; and many, many in-laws, and cousins. He will be especially missed by his friend and hunting buddy, Roger Dow of East Fairfield. The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at FAHC, Starr Farm Nursing Home of Burlington, and the wonderful, caring staff and volunteers at the Vermont Respite House. Their professionalism and compassionate care during Jim's illness was significant in his dignified and peaceful passing. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lavigne Funeral Home in Winooski. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at Holy Cross Church in Colchester. A short reception will follow with military honors. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.lavignefuneralhome.com
. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495.