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LESLIE R. LEGGETT BURLINGTON / STARKSBORO - Leslie R. Leggett, 84, of Burlington and Starksboro, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, surrounded by his loving family, in the Vermont Respite House of Williston. Leslie graduated from the University of Maine at Orono. He coached football at the university level and was also a professor in the Physical Education Department at UVM, where he also coached the men's swim team. Although much of his life was dedicated to teaching and coaching at the university level, he loved the outdoors. As he recently wrote: "Like most of life, other less important things placed a limit on time and hikes I wanted to experience. I am now of the Earth, the waters, and the winds. So, take more time to venture into the outdoors. I am free to go, too, where life's wonders are found. Whether on a run, by the water, hiking in fall leaves, or in the snow, I'll be tagging along. It is where I love to go, now just in another voice. It is not the high office or the accomplishments that define us. It's all about how you traveled the path with honesty, fairness and respect." Leslie is survived by his loving wife, Lolita Anger Leggett; and his children, Raymond Leggett of Starksboro, Jackson Leggett of Seneca, S.C., William Leggett of South Burlington and June Leggett-Murphy of Lyndonville. He also leaves behind five stepchildren, Thomas Anger, Deborah Anger, Diane Sachs, Kandace Cullas and Susan Anger; as well as many beloved grandchildren. No services will be held. A gathering of close friends will be held at his tree farm on Shaker Mountain Road in Starksboro on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at 3 p.m. To send online condolences, please visit Should friends desire, a contribution may be sent to the Leslie R. Leggett Youth Athletics Fund, c/o TD Bank North, 301 Railroad Street, P.O. Box 128, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Memorial funds will support youth athletes and youth athletic programs.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Oct. 18, 2011
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