JAMES W. MYERS - BARNSTEAD, N.H. - James W. Myers, 80, of Barnstead, N.H., formerly of Milton and Winooski, Vt., died on Saturday, June 2, 2013, in the VA Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., after a long, hardfought battle with Parkinson's. Jim was born on Nov. 6, 1932, in Winooski, to Raymond and Irene (Barron) Myers. Jim graduated from Winooski High School, Class of 1950. Upon graduation, at age 17, he enlisted in the Vermont National Guard and served his country during the Korean Conflict in the 206th field artillery, 43rd division. After being discharged from active duty in 1952, Jim re-enlisted in the Vermont National Guard full time, in the Guard Maintenance Shop at Camp Johnson in Colchester, until 1964. From 1964 to 1967, Jim was a quality control technician at the General Electric Armaments Division in Burlington. Jim left GE to begin his decades of service to the City of Winooski in several positions. Jim held multiple titles and responsibilities during Winooski's Model City Program (the original renovation of the downtown). Upon completion of the Model City Program, Jim assumed the role of Parks and Recreation Director for many years, including times when there was no funding for the position. During his years working for the City of Winooski, Jim also served the city in several other roles, Parks & Recreation commission, city councilor, deputy mayor, town constable, and the position that most endeared him to his children (or at least their friends), Truant Officer for the Winooski School District. All of Jim's full time jobs were secondary to his main passion, serving as the post quartermaster for VFW Post 1767 for 51 years, until his retirement in 2011. Jim's duties serving the post were numerous, but he will be best known for the countless veterans and their families that he helped to get all the benefits they were entitled to. Jim's final major project was raising funds and overseeing construction for the Veterans Park at the VFW that was named in his honor upon his retirement. Jim leaves four children, Stephen and wife, Karen, of Essex, Sheryl Johnston and husband, Joe, of Essex, Jason and wife, Katie, of New Hampshire, and Ashley Black and husband, Ben, of New Hampshire; four grandchildren, Travis Myers and fiancee, Tiffanie Bishop, of Colchester, Kyle Johnston of Maine, Sarah Johnston of South Carolina, and Bryan Black; two stepgrandchildren, Michelle Coburn and husband, Rob, and Ashley Cadieux and husband, Kevin; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Jeannette "Jet" Beaulieu-Audette and husband, Ed, of Florida, Raymond Jr. and wife, Gabby, of Germany, Gerald and wife, Leola, of North Carolina, Richard "Dick" and wife, Kriss, of Florida, and Ann Dominque and husband, Gregg, of North Carolina; stepbrother, Brad Mayo and wife, Marilyn, of Florida; sister-in-law, Monika Carver and husband, Bill, of Colorado; several nieces and nephews; and friends too numerous to count. Jim was predeceased by his oldest brother, George. Jim's entire family would like to thank the VNA of Concord, N.H., and the staff at the Palliative Care Unit at the Veterans Hospital in Manchester for being there for him in his final days. Funeral services were held at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors accorded Mr. Myers on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winooski, followed by memorial services at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1767 Memorial Park in Winooski. Local arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral Home in Winooski. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's name can be made to the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Palliative Care Unit, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, NH 03104.

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Lavigne Funeral Home
132 Main St Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655-3480

Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 16, 2013