THOMAS R. TEEL ESSEX JUNCTION - Thomas R. Teel, 62, of Essex Junction died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, in the Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. He was born in Lansing, Mich., on Jan. 8, 1950, the son of Victor and Margaret (Scott) Teel. He was educated in the Grand Ledge, Mich., public schools and received his bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State University. Tom was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman. He was employed at the University of Vermont College of Medicine as a Research Facilities Specialist. He recently celebrated 30 years with UVM. Tom was considered the "go-to" person at UVM. Tom was a true professional in the best sense of the word. He had a deep understanding of the mission and the needs of the faculty and the staff and could link that with a comprehensive knowledge of the facilities and the people that staffed those facilities. The result was a unique ability to maximize both opportunities and productivity to the benefit of the College, the University, and the State. Because of his competence, professionalism and wonderful nature, Tom was able to get along with virtually everyone and achieve things that would have been impossible for most others. He was a member of the American Legion Post #91 in Colchester. He also served as Village Trustee for numerous years in Jeffersonville. On July 18, 1987, he was married in Jeffersonville to Joanne May (Stacy). He was a great woodcarver and an awesome cook. He had a very unique sense of humor, loved to dance and taught his wife how to dance and he loved his new sports car, "Zelda", but did not teach his wife to drive her. He shared his birthday with his idol, Elvis! Tom is survived by his wife of 25 years, Joanne Teel of Essex Junction; his daughter, Sara Teel of Jeffersonville; his stepdaughter, Cheryl LeDuc and husband, Jason, of Burlington; three grandchildren, Aidan, Eliott and Allesandra (Alle); one brother, David Teel and wife, Bonny, of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Sue Jones and husband, John, of Oreana, Idaho; also many nieces and nephews. There will be no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Essex First Congregational Church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. To send online condolences, please visit In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter, P.O. Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012