Albert Joseph Gonyea
1932 - 2020
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Saxtons River, VT

Albert J. Gonyea, of Saxton's River, VT, and formerly of Averill Park, NY, on September 24, 2020, passed away as any good Vermonter, doing what they liked best, night fishing. Albert was born July 14, 1932, in Cavendish, VT. The son of Wilfred Gonyea and Fern Thomas. In 1953, he served during the Korean conflict and was honorably discharged in 1961. Albert worked as a laborer on a farm, Albany Felt Company and other woolen mills. He was also a truck driver whose CB handle was Big Owl for Barber & Bennett Feed Company. He also worked for the State of Vermont. After retirement, he drove for the Current Bus. Albert Taught a survival course in Averill Park, N.Y. and a hunter's safety course at his home in Saxton's River, Vt. He was on the Saxton's River Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Bellows Falls Legion and Bellows Falls Moose Club and enjoyed fishing and hunting in his spare time. Albert returned to Vermont in 1984 to take care of his father.

On March 19, 1955, he married Marie E. Mayo who died in August 1971. On December 22, 1984, he married Barbara A. Vaughn who died in February 2014. Albert is survived by his children, Jean Anderson and Terry Shows, Lois Diak and Stefan, George Gonyea and Janine, Gilbert Gonyea and Lora, Edith Seifridsberger and Kevin, Evelyn Santoro and Shawn, Richard Gonyea and Andrew Gonyea, 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild and one niece, Cyrilla H. Prescott of Manchester, NH. Albert was also predeceased by his sisters, Bessie Hodgeman and Helen Bemis.

Calling hours will be held at the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home on Monday, October 5 from 4:00-7:00 PM. A graveside service will be held in the Evergreen Cemetery on Tuesday, October 6 in Wynantskill, NY at 11:00 AM.



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Published in The Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 1, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
OCT
5
Calling hours
04:00 - 07:00 PM
OCT
6
Graveside service
11:00 AM
Evergreen Cemetery
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November 5, 2020
"Woody" Always had a great joke to tell! :) I will always treasure the memory of his infectious good humor.

Rachel Tenney-Haley
Friend
October 7, 2020
Albert was one lucky guy to pass away fishing this lily pad patch in Lake Ninevah on a warm and beautiful autumn evening.
Lincoln Russell
Neighbor
October 7, 2020
Albert was one lucky guy to pass away fishing this lily pad patch in Lake Ninevah on a warm and beautiful autumn evening.
Lincoln Russell
Neighbor
October 3, 2020
When I met Albert five years ago, he had little trouble recruiting me to serve as an obedient assistant for several night fishing trips. I'm trying to remember his abbreviated name for horned pout. His great recipe for "breading" catfish filets before frying contained flower, corn meal, and other ingredients someone else may remember. Onions? He and I compared notes about people he'd known in Cavendish where my wife Alysoun spent much of her childhood. He was as cheerful, chipper, and friendly as ever some months ago when I spoke with him in Lisai's Market in Bellows Falls. So glad I got to know Albert. I picture him in heavenly places finding "other fish to fry".
Erik Johansson
Friend
October 3, 2020
I wasn’t ready for my dad to pass away but I know in my heart he is @ peace after going to the lake & meeting the special man that was watching him fishing that night..it’s all so sudden but I know he is helping us all through this ..he was always there giving his advice & his smile would brighten up your life..we will miss you dad..May the eagles continue to fly for Us to say we love you so dearly
Evelyn Santoro
Daughter
October 2, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Rose Thompson
Friend
October 1, 2020
Albert was the most honest and greatest man I ever met. He is a great man and also a great teacher. His humor is the best i ever known but also he is a honest man and told it like it was. Heaven gained a Angel. Albert you are gone but never will be forgotten.
Cassandra
Friend
October 1, 2020
I was just talking to him last month , my husband and I we were having a conversation about his sweet truck and how he just had to ride and the truck did the rest He was very happy to talk to and smiled ear to ear when I saw him . This saddens me to read . I’m glad I got to visit with him in the streets or in Diamond pizza always ready to chat it up ! My prayers to his family . Sabrina Gibbs
Sabrina G.
Acquaintance
October 1, 2020
Andrew, praying for peace for you in this time of sorrow. Eileen :-)
Eileen
October 1, 2020
Albert was the type of a guy who would give the shirt right off his back no matter what. He was an all around great guy, all of us on Saxtons river fire department would call him (pops). Rest in piece pops you will be greatly missed
Nyoka Cushman
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