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DONALD R. MERCIER SR. - BURLINGTON - Donald R. Mercier Sr., 86, of Burlington, passed peacefully into the arms of his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. He died as he lived, a strong, gentle, and compassionate family man, who cared more about others, than he did himself. Don always had a library of one-liners at the ready. Our Dad taught us, by example, that caring and providing for family was paramount. Proud to be an American, Don served his country as a corporal in the US Army from 1945-47, a Marine Corps corporal from 1950-1953, and was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion, Elks BPOE 916, and was past President of The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 793. A hardworking man, he retired as a truck driver from St. Johnsbury Trucking Company in 1988. Known to his CB friends as Rubber Ducky, Don enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow Teamsters. Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Phyllis J. (Olsaver) Mercier; and seven children, Donald Mercier Jr., Debera Dwyer, Darlene Mercier McGrath, Diane Lestage, Donna Blanchette, Dale and Garret Lyman, Dana Liberty and Ken Sicard; 14 grandchildren and their families, Angela Gaboriault, D. Matthew Mercier, Erin Burgo, Michael Dwyer, Troy McNamara, Hollie Deshaies, Katie Lovett, Chad Lestage, Timothy Cote, Kelly Badore, Kayla Glerum, Keegan Lyman, Zach Liberty, and Leah Liberty; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne Mercier; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Elberta (Bushey) and Dewey Mercier; stepfather, Clement Barber; brother, Frank Mercier; and sister, Audrey Bushey; sons-in-law, Richard Dwyer and David Blanchette. Our collective heartfelt gratitude to Dad's medical team, Dr. Tom Peterson, Dr. Marc Greenblatt, Dr. Anant Bhave, and their dedicated staff, Starr Farm Nursing Center, and the tenderness of the staff at Vermont Respite House. We will gather to celebrate a life well lived on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at 12 noon at St. Mark's Catholic Church on North Avenue in Burlington. If you wish to make a donation in Don's memory, please consider Vermont Respite House. A big 10-4 and we will catch up to you down the road, Dad!

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Aug. 21, 2014
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