MONTPELIER - Frederick Lawrence Brousseau passed away Feb. 13, 2014, after a lengthy battle with cancer, with his beloved wife right by his side.
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Fred was born Jan. 15, 1932, in Norton, Vt.
He grew up in his family home in Norton and worked at Quimby's Resort in Averill as a child, telling great stories of his adventures there.
He and his family moved to Montpelier in 1947, and he worked for Vermont Beverage, selling soda. His great love was running heavy equipment and making every job he worked on perfect and level. With his talents he became a superintendent at Caledonia Sand and Gravel and was responsible for building a section of Interstate 89, from Montpelier to Northfield. He then started Inland Inc. in East Montpelier, which became the Central Vermont Landfill. After he sold the landfill, he went into business with Dwight McCullough and started McBro Sand and Gravel. After several years, he sold his share of McBro and founded his own quarry in Berlin, Vt., known as F.L. Brousseau Stone Products, where his two sons are employed today.
Fred met the love of his life, Pauli, when he was 19 years old and was married July 4, 1953. They met at a local event, and it was love at first sight. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with their family.
Family was very important to Fred, and there were lots of celebrations over the years with both sides of the family. He was the best at telling stories about the old times and could always make you smile. There were many fun stories and fun times with family and friends.
Fred and Pauli always loved going to Maine and did so on a regular basis twice a year. They would walk the beach, eat lobster and always have a banana split for dessert. Fred's real passion was for dessert
he would always be looking around the kitchen to see what was there, and believed that dinner was not complete without a little dessert afterward. Raspberry pie was his favorite.
Fred also loved his animals. Through the years, they rescued several cats and dogs, plus an incredible horse named Lady. There were always cows in the barnyard, and Fred would lovingly feed them grain and hay daily, calling them his hobby.
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Pauline; son Peter Brousseau and wife Claudia; son Eric Brousseau and wife Dody; daughter Renee Grant and her husband, Gordon; sister Sally Bilodeau and her husband, Henry; and beloved grandchildren Tanner, Lauren, Michael and Danny, Fred, Joe and Amy. Fred was predeceased by his brother, Simon Brousseau, sister Florence Aja and daughter Cindy Mason.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at St. Augustine Church in Montpelier, Vt., with a reception to follow downstairs at the church hall. Visiting hours will be held the evening prior from 6 to 8 p.m. at Guare & Sons Funeral Home, 30 School St. in Montpelier. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in his name to the National Life Cancer Treatment Center, P.O. Box 547, Barre, VT 05602; or the
of Vermont, 77 Hegeman Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.
Those wishing to express online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.
Guare & Sons Funeral Home - Montpelier
30 School Street Montpelier, VT 05602
Published in Times Argus on Feb. 15, 2014