Roger A. Vachereau
1941 - 2020
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Roger A. Vachereau

Burlington - Roger A. Vachereau, 79, passed away in Burlington on Dec. 2, 2020 with his children by his side and Sally in his heart.

He was born in Burlington on March 2, 1941 the son of Arthur and Blanche (Begin) Vachereau. Roger grew up in Lakeside and attended schools in Burlington, graduating from Rice Memorial High School in 1959 where he was a standout athlete, playing in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl also in 1959. He met the love of his life, Sally Pratt, in high school and they were married on September 30, 1961 at St. Joseph's Church in Burlington. Roger worked at IBM for many years and after retirement he worked at St. Joseph's School, fondly known as "Mr. V.", where he formed many lasting friendships. Roger spent countless years coaching BAHA and North End Little League baseball where many knew him as "Coach". In 1987 Roger and Sally bought a camp on the lake in Alburg where they would spend the next 30+ summers with their family and friends; bbqs, boat rides, and sunsets.

Roger and Sally were their children and grandchildren's greatest fans; attending countless recitals, sporting events, graduations, concerts. Roger was the most selfless and kind man to all he met and he loved unconditionally. Roger struggled with Parkinson's Disease for the last 15 years under the amazing, loving and wonderful care of Sally. The two had a love like no other.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sally Vachereau (Pratt), his son, Timothy and his fiancé, Tammy Daly; his daughter, Lynn and her partner, Tim Campbell; his grandchildren, Tatum and Koleigh Vachereau and Allie and Curtis Denton. He is also survived by his sister, Rochelle Therrien; sister-in-law, Maureen "Pat" Vachereau; many nephews, a niece, cousins, and numerous friends.

He was predeceased by both of his parents, Arthur and Blanche Vachereau; an infant daughter, Mary; his brother Douglas Vachereau; his sisters, Georgette Vachereau and Monette Ayer; brothers-in-law, Charles Ayer and Alain Therrien; and in-laws, former Burlington Fire Chief Raymond "Bobo" and Alma Pratt.

Thank you to anyone who has loved and supported Roger over the years.

There will be a service in the Spring of 2021. Arrangements are being handled by Boucher and Pritchard Funeral Home.




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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2020.
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January 18, 2021
Dear Family V., Mr V. was one of a kind and a blessing to have gotten to know. At SJS he was always there when anything needed to be done. Right by his side would be Sally. His presence made SJS one of the great places to be as a student, parent or staff. My sincere condolences Sally, to you and all who mourn his loss. There are many of us!
Mieneke Maher
Friend
December 22, 2020
Roger and I worked together in the IBM mask house for over 25 years. Never a dull moment when Roger was around. He made some rough times easier to survive with great wit. I’m glad that I had the
Opportunity to thank him the last time we talked. Rog, Rest In Peace.
Terry Demick
Coworker
December 15, 2020
Our condolences Sally! Just heard about your husband, Roger passing. Wanted you to know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Joyce Dupont Bombardier/Memories from Nazareth School
Joyce Bombardier
Classmate
December 13, 2020
Dear Sally and family,
Like so many others I wish to express my heart felt thoughts and prayers to you. Mr. V was one of the kindest person and most patient person I have known especially toward young children. I will remember him and you in my prayers.
Sister Helen
Friend
December 11, 2020
Hi Sally,
I am so, so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear husband Roger. It sounds like you had a wonderful marriage. Please accept my condolences. I didn't know Roger very well, but you and I graduated together from Rice in 1960 and I remember you fondly. Know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May Roger be in peace beholding the face of God. God bless you.
Prayerfully yours,
Lucille Malaney
Shelburne
Lucille Mary Malaney
Acquaintance
December 10, 2020
Dear Sally, Tim and Lynne,
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.
Paula LaCross
Acquaintance
December 9, 2020
Dear Sally and Family,
We are sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I (Dave) worked with Roger for a number of years and we became friends. Roger was always there to help with a fantastic attitude. He was kind, generous and didn''t mince words. He was a true gentleman.
We hope yours and your family's grief is tempered by the great memories of Roger. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew him.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Alice and Dave Prince
Alice and Dave Prince
Family
December 9, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with family and friends. Cherish your many happy memories! Roger was always willing to lend a hand at SJS. Projects were easily tackled... friend ‘recruits’ were happy to step in and help. The funny stories will live on in our hearts...Roger was the best! RIP
VeeVee Rogerson
Coworker
December 8, 2020
Sorry to hear about Roger, Great Guy
Steven Pecor
Acquaintance
December 8, 2020
Sally and Family,
I was fortunate enough to meet Roger while working in the Mask House.
He was always upbeat and a pleasure to be around. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Ron Demers
Friend
December 8, 2020
Roger was a fine individual. We were friends in high school and sorry I haven't seen him in recent years. I hope Sally and their family find comfort in the many fond memories with Roger at this sad time. May he rest in peace.
Gary Farrell
Classmate
December 7, 2020
Sally and family, I am so sorry to hear of Roger passing. He was such a sweet man. Loved talking to him when we were at church. My grandparents MaryAnn and George Goulet thought the world of him. Your family is in our prayers.
Michelle Valiquette
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
My deepest condolences to the entire family and friends! R.I.P!
Sandy McGregor
Friend
December 7, 2020
Sally, Tim, Lynn and Family,

All of the Vezina/Plunkett family are so very sorry to learn of Roger's passing. We all so enjoyed catching up with your Mom and Dad over the years when a chance meeting would occur. We would always have a few laughs reminiscing about the old days! It's our hope that you are all able to find comfort in each other and the wonderful memories you have of Roger at this most difficult time. with deepest sympathy, Barbara, Dan, Paul and Tom
Paul Plunkett
December 7, 2020
He was a wonderful man, thinking of you all ❤
The Bourgeois
Kay Bourgeois
December 7, 2020
To the most kind, considerate and gracious person we've ever known. Uncle Roger has always been a positive influence in our lives, and will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to you Sally, Tim and Lynn at your loss of a truly great husband and father. RIP Uncle Roger.
Patrick, Kelly and Chloe Therrien
Family
December 7, 2020
Sally, please accept our condolences on the passing of Roger.
Paul and Kathy Libby
December 7, 2020
Sally, so sorry to hear about the passing of Roger. Wishing you and your family my condolences and prayers during this difficult time.
Pete Durochia
Friend
December 7, 2020
We are so sad to read about Roger's passing. Steve and I were his neighbors on Decatur Street in Burlington in 1963! Whenever Sally was ready for coffee, she would have Timmy knock on the shower wall, which was on the other side of mine. He would say "coffee?!" and yes, I was ready for one. He was so sweet. Roger and Sally were great friends, we would play cards downstairs on the weekend with Cindy and Reggie. Those were wonderful times. Take care all of you and you are all in our prayers.
Love
Steve and Marilyn Luchini
Steve & Marilyn Luchini
Friend
December 6, 2020
My heartfelt condolences go out to Tim and the entire family. Such sad news of his passing. I knew him many years ago and even then he had an impact on me as a child. He was in fact my first ever baseball coach and my recollection is he was always a great mentor. RIP Roger.

Steve Lewis
Holiday, Florida
Steve
Friend
December 6, 2020
I am sorry to hear of your Father passing. To lose a parent is very difficult and one that we all face from time to time! May he be at peace and coaching those who have past before us with glory and fame!!!
Seahorse's Forever my friend!!!

The Rylant Family
Lexi M Rylant
December 6, 2020
Tim and family, I'm sorry to hear your dad passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Good Lord help guide you through this most difficult time.
R.J. Wagner
Friend
December 6, 2020
To the Vachereau Family,

Sally & Roger were such wonderful friends! We had many escapades such as "Champagne on Champlain"! We also enjoyed our fun together in our
(Bowling Group). Roger will be surely missed!!!
Sincerely,
Jean & Jacques Trahan
Anne-Marie
Friend
December 6, 2020
Roger was a friend to everyone. I will always have memories of Roger from Rice. My prayers and thoughts are with Sally and the family. RIP my friend.
Tom Henry
Friend
December 6, 2020
Sending Sally and the family my deepest sympathy and my prayers.
Sincerely, Carleen Lehouiller
Carleen Lehouiller
Friend
December 6, 2020
I met Roger at IBM, you knew right off he was a special person. We worked together for many years in the Mask House. He was a trusted friend and employee. My condolences to Sally, Tim and Lynn, rest in peace Roger.
Ken Liberty
Friend
December 6, 2020
You will not fined a nicer man in the world then Roger, I went to school with him, played basketball at Cathedral with him and enjoyed many of good times with him. Sally, and the Vachereau family, I am so sorry to hear of Roger’s passing. May you RIP Sir, you deserve it.....
Ron Ragis , Largo, Fl.
Classmate
December 6, 2020
Sally and Family. I am so saddened to learn of Roger's passing. He was a real gentleman and a kind and giving man. May God give you strength to guide you through the difficult times ahead.
Barbara Carty Augostino
Acquaintance
December 6, 2020
Tim, condolences on the loss of your Father. May he Rest In Peace and your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Nancy (Kirk) Atherton
Classmate
December 5, 2020
I remember Roger with great fondness having lived across the street for many years. Condolences to Sally, Tim and Lynn.
Deborah Henry
Neighbor
December 5, 2020
Sally and family
So sorry to hear that we have lost Roger, but am sure he is in a better place now. You don't find nicer people out there than he was. Deepest sympathy to all.
Peggy Riley Gilbert and Gordy Gilbert
Margaret R Gilbert
Friend
December 5, 2020
Roger was my baseball coach back in the late ‘60s. Wonderful coach. Always encouraging. I never forgot him or the influence he had on me. A great role model to follow as I coached the teams that my daughter played on many year later. God bless you Roger. May you Rest In Peace and may God be with your family at this difficult time.
Tom Messier
Tom Messier
Acquaintance
December 5, 2020
God Bless the entire Vachereau family.
Roger was always so gracious...A true Patriot!

Joseph Olio
Friend
December 5, 2020
Dear Sally and family, and Rochelle, please accept my condolences. I remember seeing cousin Roger almost every day when we were all kids on Central Av. He was always a sweet boy. With love, Maddy
MADELEINE Fournier Murphy
Family
December 5, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Kathy Devoid
Friend
December 5, 2020
Tim, sorry to hear about your father The Schifilliti Family.
Chuck Schifilliti
Friend
December 5, 2020
Our deepest sympathies to the Vachereau famiy. Roger was a true gentle man. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time
Sandra and Ed Longe
Friend
December 5, 2020
My thoughts and prayers be with the entire Vachereau family. Mr. Vachereau was a wonderful man.

God Bless
Paul Leavitt
Friend
December 5, 2020
Thoughts & prayers being sent to all during this difficult time
The Leggett twins
Karen Jean
Friend
December 5, 2020
Dear Sally, Tim and Lynn
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know I am thinking about you all.
Colleen Crowley
Friend
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