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ST. ALBANS -- James E. Letourneau, 63, a lifelong area resident, passed away peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 4, 2010 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born in Swanton May 12, 1947, the son of Joseph Sr. and Josie (Martin) Letourneau. Jim owned and operated the Redtop Restaurant in St. Albans for several years. He also was employed at Union Carbide, Fonda Container and General Electric Company. He was a communicant of Holy Angels Church. An avid outdoorsman, Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a car enthusiast and enjoyed going to car shows in his 1969 Camaro, which he built from three cars. He was a founding member of Krazy Kruzers car club. He also enjoyed motorcycles and went to Laconia for over 20 years. He was a member of Missisquoi Valley Rescue Squad in Swanton for 13 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Annette (Gagner-Crawford) Letourneau of St. Albans; his mother, Josie Howard of Swanton; daughters, Lori and her husband, Rob Coburn, of Swanton and Nichole and her husband, Steve Boucher, of Long Beach, Calif.; a step-son, Matthew Crawford and his fiancé, Lindsey Duplissa, of St. Albans; sisters, Patricia and her husband, Clarence Bruyette, Cynthia and her husband, Roger Lasnier and Sheila Benson, all of Swanton; three grand- children, Emma and Lucy Boucher and Brandon Coburn; brothers and sisters-in-law, Theresa Letourneau of Swanton, Dominique and Jackie Gagner, Gaston and Lise Gagner and Norman Laroche all of Highgate, Helene and Michael Biggie of St. Albans, and Bernard and Martha Gagner of Sheldon. He also leaves a special niece, Amy Ward of St. Albans and a special friend, Alan Gonyea of St. Albans and aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be missed by his pup, Jasper. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph Letourneau Sr.; a brother, Joseph Letourneau Jr.; his mother and father-in-law, Armand and Jeanne Gagner; a brother-in-law, Frank Benson; and sister-in-law, Anita Laroche. Jim's family wishes to extend a thank you to Franklin County Home Health and Hospice for their exceptional help during his illness. A special thanks to Darlene Graves for all she did. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Holy Angels Catholic Church on Lake Street, with Father Maurice Roy as celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the Parish Hall. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family through www.healdfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 6, 2010