FAIR HAVEN - Jerry "Tippy" Jay Thibodeau, 45, died after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer with his wife by his side on May 26, 2013, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.He was born June 26, 1967, in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Gerald Thibodeau and Catherine Cwikla.
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Tippy married Linda Butler on February 14, 2006, in Killington, Vt.
Tippy was employed by Killington Pico Ski Resort as an auto mechanic.
He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Killington Fire Department.
Tippy enjoyed hunting, Loudon (New Hampshire) Speedway Racing, and would drop what he was doing to help other people. He was an avid N.A.S.C.A.R. fan, every Sunday everything stood still.
He is survived by his wife Linda, of Fair Haven; his father Gerald "Jerry" Thibodeau and his wife Elaine, of Enfield, CT; by his son Zachary Butler, of Fair Haven; by his stepchildren, Christopher Reed and Ashley Reed, both of Fair Haven; by his sisters, Rena Thibodeau and Theresa; by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Diane (Steve) Baptie of Wells, VT, Teri Carmichael, Michael Butler, of Miltonvale, KS; by his grandson, Logan Adamson, of Fair Haven; by his paternal grandmother Claire Thibodeau of East Longmeadow, MA; by his mother Catherine Orr and her husband Phil, of Washington State; also by several nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Tippy's Life will be held on June 22, 2013, with a time and location to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tippy's family to help with expenses at 18 South Main Street, Fair Haven, VT 05743.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Ducharme Funeral Home Inc.; www.ducharmefuneralhome.com.
Published in Rutland Herald from May 28 to May 29, 2013