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Paul A. Boivin

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Paul A. Boivin

Age: 64 • Addison

Paul A. Boivin, 64, died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Born November 6, 1952 in Rumford, Maine to Albert and Jacqueline Caron-Boivin, Paul was the youngest of 6 children. In 1958, his family moved to Addison, Vermont to begin a life of farming.

After graduating Rice Memorial High School in 1971, he pursued a dairy farming career in partnership with his family. With his brother, Mark Boivin, the farm doubled in size and implemented many farming innovations. In cooperation with UVM, they installed the first solar-heated milking parlor in Vermont. After 50 years, the dairy farm was converted to production of soybeans and corn for feed and fuel. Later, with UVM, they did a controlled study of strip-till planting of corn in Addison County. Paul also managed the Boivin Farm Supply and the sale and installation of corn-burning boilers.

Passionate about community service, Paul partnered with his brother Mark as a vocal and active participant in his community while milking twice a day. Paul worked on the planning commission for the town of Addison, was a founding member of Town Line First Response Squad, and served on the Addison fire department for a number of years. As a certified CPR instructor and EMTI, he was an active member on the Vergennes Rescue Squad for nearly 4 decades and trained fellow members of the Mad River Glen Ski Patrol, and many community organizations. Paul was instrumental in developing the Farm Medic Program which is used state wide to instruct the specialized skill for working with farmers. Paul also served his community though his work as a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

With a zest for life and a keen curiosity, Paul was very forgiving and never held a grudge. Along with the demands of farming he was able to pursue many interests and had a willingness to help all whom he met. He was always eager to try new experiences and to share what he had learned from his participation in various sports and service organizations. His interest included hunting, skiing, kayaking, BBQing, scuba diving, motorcycling, tinkering with machinery, traveling, and flying. He enjoyed learning and visiting with people of all walks of life. A family man, Paul loved people, visiting, and learning.

A loving husband, father, brother, owner, he is survived by his wife, Marianna Shadroui Boivin, his daughter, Aimée, and four siblings: Carmelita Boivin-Cole, Claire, John, Mark Boivin, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert, and his good friend and pet, Biscuit.

Visiting hours will be on Friday, September 29th at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes from 5 to 8 P.M. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 2 P.M. on Saturday, September 30th at St. Peter's Church in Vergennes. Paul strongly supported the immigrant community; therefore, contributions may be made in his honor to the to The Open Door Clinic 100 Porter Drive Middlebury, Vermont 05753. Please consider sharing your stories and memories of Paul in written form to be placed in a memory book for his family. Mail to the Brown-McClay Funeral Home. Send online condolences to

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 28, 2017
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