MENDON - At 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, November 4, 2012, as if by magic, all clocks were to stop and hold still for one hour when the conversion from Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time took place, so did the life clock of Stuart Marceau toll its final beat. His son, Rodney, was with him at his bedside at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. Stuart was born in Rutland on June 26, 1932, the son of Joseph E. Marceau, the Rutland Railroad purchasing agent, and Irene (Seward) Marceau.
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Stuart was educated in the Rutland School System with the Class of 1950 at Rutland High School. It was during his boyhood years that he developed a passion for automobiles and auto mechanics. At times, this passion would cause some anguish for his father. For, as some of his classmates would recall, "If a car came around the corner at school on two wheels, it was probably Stuart!" Ultimately, his father strongly prodded Stuart into enlisting in the service during the fall of 1950. He spent four years on active duty with the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged on November 15, 1954.
Returning to Rutland, Stuart began his employment as a service station attendant for a brief period, and then joined Russ Smith Auto Sales, the local Saab, Triumph and Land Rover dealership, which was located at Route 7 North and McKinley Avenue. Stuart developed and refined his automotive repair talents at the dealership, where he stayed for many years. Then he decided to venture off on his own and opened Stuart's Auto Repair on U.S. Route 4 East in Mendon, across from the Mendon Orchards. His reputation for being a knowledgeable and competent auto mechanic spread quickly. Saab, Volvo and other foreign car owners flocked to his location for their automobile repair needs. After many years of successful business, Stuart decided it was time for a change of pace. He joined the Town of Mendon Highway Department as a truck driver and enjoyed plowing snow for a couple of years. Ultimately, pulled back by his lifelong passion of being an auto mechanic, he joined Casella Waste Management as a heavy truck mechanic. Stuart never believed in retiring and at the time of his death, he was still employed by Casella as the fleet permit and registration administrator.
Stuart married Phyllis J. Matt on August 3, 1965. They always made the foothills' of East Mountain in Mendon their home. They have one son, Rodney A. Marceau of Boise, Idaho. Besides his wife, Phyllis, and their son, Rodney, Stuart is survived by two grandsons, Jason Marceau of Okinawa and Aaron Marceau of Indiana. In addition, he is survived by a cousin, Jack Seward, and several nieces, nephews and numerous other family members.
He was a member of the American Legion, Rutland Post 31.
Friends may call on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 5 p.m. at the Aldous Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, in Stuart's memory, in care of the Aldous Funeral Home, 44 North Main St., Rutland, VT 05701.
Published in Rutland Herald on Nov. 7, 2012