WATERBURY CENTER - John P. "Jack" St.Onge, 57, passed away in the comfort of his home and family on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Born in Newport on July 9, 1955, he was the son of Edith (Cameron) St.Onge and the late John C. St.Onge. On Dec. 27, 2010, he married Kimberly Peck in Wilder, Vt. John was previously married to Patricia Campbell, of Morrisville.
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John was a 1973 graduate of the former Sacred Heart High School in Newport. He continued his education at the University of Vermont, graduating in 1977 with his Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources. While attending UVM, John was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Following graduation, John was hired as the county executive director in Lamoille County by the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (now renamed the Farm Service Agency).
In the 1990s, John became an expert in digital aerial photography and pioneered USDA's computerized mapping of farms throughout Vermont and later established a New England digitized mapping center in Morrisville. John became a leader in farmland and water quality conservation practices, assisting with the establishment of hundreds of acres of forestland management improvements and several miles of the first cropland-stream buffers constructed to protect Vermont waterways. John's career spanned nearly 35 years with USDA, which earned him appreciation and respect from farmers, foresters, landowners and colleagues in Vermont. He was honored to receive the Master Conservationist award from the Lamoille County Natural Resource Conservation District in 2012.
John was a lifetime member and former president of the Lamoille Valley Fish and Game Club and the Waterbury-Stowe Fish and Game Club. He was also a member of the National Association of County Office Employees. An avid outdoorsman, John's passions were hunting, fishing, hiking, vegetable gardening and maple sugaring.
John is survived by the love of his life and wife, Kimberly Peck, of Waterbury Center; his mother, Edith Hebard, of Barton; his daughters, Emilie Rich and her husband, Daniel, of Wolcott, and Andrea Miller and her husband, Patrick A. Miller, of South Burlington; his sister, Jeanne Sicard, and her husband, Rick, of Barton; his brother, Steven Saint Onge, of Fairfield; his father's widow, Rita St.Onge, of Enosburg; as well as nieces, a nephew and extended family.
John's courageous spirit and quiet dignity gave enormous strength to those around him. His witty sense of humor and ability to offer honest advice and guidance to family and friends was a comfort that will be missed.
As spring approaches take a walk in the woods and as you breathe in the fresh air and scent of the newly sprouted leaves let his calm spirit fill your heart and fond memories bring a smile to your face.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate John's life on April 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. from the Barn at Boyden Farm, intersection of routes 15 and 104, in Cambridge, Vt. For those who wish, memorial gifts would be appreciated to the National Brain Tumor Society (www.braintumor.org) or the Ruffed Grouse Society (www.ruffedgrousesociety.org).
Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com and Facebook.
Published in Times Argus on Apr. 3, 2013