EDMOND LEO (ret.) GAMELIN

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MSgt. (ret.) USAF, EDMOND LEO GAMELIN - BURLINGTON / ESTERO, Fla. - Edmond Gamelin left this earth on Jan. 13, 2014, to be in the arms of the Lord. He passed on in the Vermont Respite House in Williston after a short illness. He was born on June 29, 1928, in Burlington to Wilfred and Celina (Simard) Gamelin. Edmond served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1946 to 1948, serving on Aircraft Carriers, The USS Randolph, The USS Philippine Sea and The USS Ranger. Edmond went on to serve in the U.S.A.F. and the Vermont Air National Guard from 1948 to 1982, all the time being in Aircraft maintenance. He was elated to hear the news of the F-35 Fighter planes coming to Vermont. Rest assured Dad, that your contribution helped make that a reality. He enjoyed maintaining his summer home here in Vermont, and winter home in Estero, Fla. He took great pride in his family and friends and everything that he accomplished throughout his life. He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, traveling and maintaining his properties, and spending quality time with his friends, some of them being in his life for 50 years plus. He is survived by his wife, Gyselle (Bousquet) Gamelin of Estero, Fla., and Burlington; his daughter, Gertrude Schwenn of Essex Junction; son, Edmond II of Milton; son, Brian Gamelin of Milton; daughter, Sally Milliken of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Helen Nolin of South Burlington; and his stepdaughters, Johanne Hakey of Naples, Fla., Louise Becker of Colorado Springs, Colo., Francine and Steven Jones of North Andover, Mass., and Michelle and Charlie Latorre of Estero, Fla. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher Paquette, Edmond Gamelin III, Beth Schwenn, and Renee Gamelin; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Hunnewell, Libby Hakey , Matthew Becker, Alex Latorre and Andre Latorre; and by so many nieces and nephews and close lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Celina Gamelin; his first wife, Eleanor Dolores Harris, on Sept. 7, 1994, the mother of his four children; his brothers, Aime and Albert; sisters, Nolia (McSweeney) Gamelin and Jane Gamelin; his stepdaughter, Danielle Dalk; and also his special friend, Norris (Nob) Mercia. A funeral Mass will take place at St. Stephens Church in Winooski, with military burial at St. Stephens Cemetery, also in Winooski, in the spring at the discretion of the family. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Home, Burlington. To send online condolences to the family please visit www.readyfuneral.com. A notice will appear in the Burlington Free Press in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Vermont Respite House and the in memory of Edmond.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 17, 2014
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