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JEFFREY M. GADOUAS - COLCHESTER - Jeffrey M. Gadouas, age 52, passed away on Jan. 18, 2012, at his home in Colchester with his loving wife by his side following a long courageous battle with cancer. Jeffrey was born on April 8, 1959, in St. Albans, to Bernard and Claudette (Bedard) Gadouas. Jeffrey graduated from B.F.A. in St. Albans in 1977. He was a self-employed electrical contractor for the last 12 years. Prior to that he was employed by Wesco Oil for many years. Jeffrey married the love of his life, Valerie Sears, on Dec. 21, 2010. He spent every minute possible with her because he knew that their time together would be short. Jeff had a special marker placed at the cemetery with an inscription he wrote describing how much they loved each other. It reads, "Jeffrey & Valerie, Finally found their once in a life time true love when they found each other. Together Forever." Jeff enjoyed spending time with his family, he adored his grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and working on computers. He is survived by his wife, Valerie; son, Joshua of Safety Harbor, Fla.; daughter, Rachelle Waiting and her husband, Mark, of Sudbury, Mass.; three stepchildren, all of St. Albans, Tiffany, Brian, and Derek Tatro, who were constantly by his side, loving and helping to care for him; grandchildren, Hudson Waiting, and Kaden and Emma Arsenault; mother, Claudette Gadouas of Sheldon; brother, Rick Gadouas of Highgate; sisters, Cindy Gadouas Larned of Swanton, Brenda Gadouas McCoy and husband, David, of Georgia, and Francine Gadouas Perkins and husband, Jay, of Barre; in-laws, Edmond and Leah Sears of St. Albans. He leaves behind a huge loving family of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many friends and co-workers; and two very special friends, Harold Lemnah and Larry Tyler. He was predeceased by his father, Bernard; uncles, Robert and Richard Bedard, and William Richard; aunts, Denise Richard, and Lorraine Bedard; and cousin, James Bedard. Jeffrey's family would like to thank the VNA for their services. And, a very special thank you to Melanie for her wonderful care and kindness during this difficult time. In keeping with his wishes there will be no visiting hours. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. from Saint Anthony Roman Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi Street, Sheldon Springs. Father Thomas D. Nadeau will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Gadouas family lot in Saint Anthony Cemetery. To offer online condolences please visit: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jeffrey's name to the Hospice and Palliative Care Team, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 22, 2012
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