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DONALD ARTHUR MARTELL - BURLINGTON - Donald Arthur Martell, 87, of Burlington, died in Fletcher Allen Health Care with his family by his side on July 2, 2014. He was born in Burlington on March 17, 1927, son of Arthur J. and Marie T. (Charron) Martell. Following graduation from Cathedral High School in 1945, Donald's first employment was at H.C. Humphrey and Son (The Blue Store). After 10 1/2 years he was employed at Boynton's Shoe Store for 1 1/2 years, and finally at Shepard and Hamelle for 37 years, until his retirement in 1992 when the store closed. Don was also a licensed funeral director and had been a very faithful, loved employee and member of the "family" at Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Home since 1979. No one could keep the funeral home sparkling and welcome families like Don. He was a member of the Vermont and the National Funeral Directors Association. Don was a longtime resident of McKenzie House in Burlington, who gave his time and energy to help all of the residents there, organizing functions and driving residents to and from their appointments. A lifelong member and active parishioner of St. Joseph Parish, Don had served as an usher for over 50 years, and as head usher since 1986. He had been a member of St. Vincent DePaul Society since 1983, and the Confraternity of St. Joseph. He was an altar server for Funeral Masses and a member of the parish visitation committee. He helped with funeral luncheons and church events. Don served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Catholic Boy Scout Committee from Troop #15 for 19 years, and he and his wife, Shirley (Wissell) Martell, were 20-year members of the Lakeside Steppers. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, on May 2, 2000. What Donald will be most remembered for was his kind, thoughtful way. He wished only the best for everyone and would do whatever he could for you to make that happen. Cooking was his favorite pastime. When times were troubled for someone, he'd be the first at their door with casserole and cake in hand. And, if appropriate, a good joke. Someone once asked how he could possibly remember all those jokes and he replied, "That's all that's up there." Another joke. When our mother, Shirley, was in the nursing home toward the end of her life, he was there each day, twice a day, and brought her meals. His devotion to her was endless. He taught us and those around him by example, by living his life with honesty, sincerity, empathy and dignity. Don is survived by his two daughters, Judith Ann Lavigne of Swanton, and Karen Marie and John Barry of Burlington; sister, Marylin Daudelin Davis of Burlington; stepsister, Francoise Morrisseau of Burlington; grandchildren, Kellie and Tim King, Renee St. Cyr and Sara Lavigne, Kevin and Christopher Barry, and Julie and Craig Bristol; four great-grandchildren, Jordan King, Isaac St. Cyr, and Bryan and Aimee Plouffe; special nephew, Gil Daudelin of Burlington: several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two stepbrothers, Paul and George Perrotte; son-in-law, Ernest Lavigne; and stepsister, Shirley Baillargeon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in St. Joseph CoCathedral, with interment to follow in Old Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visiting hours will be at Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Home, 85 N. Winooski Avenue, Burlington, on Monday, July 7, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m. Arrangements are by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Directors. Those who wish may make contributions in Don's memory to St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, 20 Pine St., Burlington, VT 05401; or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from July 4 to July 5, 2014
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