WILLIAM STANLEY O'NEIL LEAVITT
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WILLIAM STANLEY O'NEIL LEAVITT - BURLINGTON - William Stanley O'Neil Leavitt, 74, of Burlington, succumbed suddenly to congestive heart failure on Oct. 11, 2011. He was born Dec. 31, 1936, at home in Wilder, the son of Henry B. and Charlotte (Elliott) Leavitt. He was the fourth of seven children. Bill attended public schools in Wilder. He was a standout football and basketball player at Hartford High School. Upon graduation in 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, reporting to Ft. Dix, N.J. for basic training. He served under the Continental Army Command at bases in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Georgia, attaining the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning to Vermont, Bill married fellow Hartford High graduate, Jeanne Fogg, in 1957. The couple resided in White River Junction before moving to Winooski in 1959 with their first of four boys. They soon after moved to what became Bill's lifelong residence on North Avenue in Burlington, prior to the arrival of their second child. Bill undertook a careerlong commitment to business and industry in the Green Mountain State. Beginning with wholesaler Vermont Hardware in White River Junction and continuing with Oxygen & Welding Supply in Williston, Bill spent more than a decade selling supplies and instructing welding across the state. He gave the tools of industrial production to many that would go on to help build Vermont. He next took an assignment representing C.R. Wood Corporation, providing heavy equipment to a range of clients regionally. In 1973, Bill founded Essex Rental and Sales Center on Kellogg Road in Essex Junction. He and partner, Clinton Morse, developed a thriving enterprise that supplied equipment for commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential markets. Bill had a broad following among contractors throughout the state. The company was sold in the late 1980s. Essex Equipment continues to grow to this day. Bill later partnered with the Casey Brothers of Hinesburg and built Vertec Supply, Inc. into a competitive geotextiles company. He retired from Vertec in late 2008. Bill made a commitment in 1966 to helping Charlie Schifilliti, Bob Rosenberg, and other dedicated parents build one of the strongest Little League organizations in the country. Bill spearheaded construction of a new field in the complex off Gosse Court, as he believed that the community's rapidly expanding youth should all have a chance to play. In 1975, Bill and Ed Hesford coached the New England Little League all-star champions from North Burlington, a team that included son Paul. The team fell in the last inning of the Eastern Regional semifinal to the eventual World Series champions from Lakewood, N.J. Bill's father, the force of the Hartford Police Department, was a leader in the Elks organization in White River Junction. Bill was proud to continue the legacy. As a longtime member of BPOE #916 in Burlington, he volunteered thousands of hours to community service. He was honored as an Elk of the Year and recently poured himself into generating resources for the construction of new housing for the special campers of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta in the Champlain Islands. Bill treasured his Elks family, a source of endless affection for him. One of Bill's great adventures was a solo trip to Alaska in 2003. For two weeks, he fulfilled a lifelong dream. Whether in a rented camper van in Denali National Park, or taking it in from a float plane, Bill reveled in the grandeur. He prized most the great photo he captured of Mt. McKinley, second only to Camel's Hump in his heart. Bill will long be remembered for his love of the family camp he built in Hanksville on the Huntington River. He spent part of his final weekend there with family and neighboring camp owners. It is where his spirit soared, as it had for son David. Bill leaves proud survivors, son, Thomas and wife, Diane, of Burlington; son, James of Burlington; son, Paul and wife, Jacinta, of South Burlington; grandson, LT Joseph William Leavitt, USN and fiancee, Jessie Benway, of Groton, Conn.; grandson, John Thomas Leavitt of South Burlington; grandson, Levi Paul Leavitt of South Burlington; special friend and former wife, Jeanne Leavitt of South Burlington; brother, Edwin and wife, Dottie of White River Junction; sister, June Gunzinger and husband, Bill of Lakeland, Fla.; sister, Rachel Darrah and husband, Tom, of White River Junction; beloved nephews and nieces; and many dear friends throughout the community. Bill is predeceased by his parents; sister, Janet Ford; brother, Henry; sister, Jean Leavitt; and youngest son, David (March 2, 2009). A celebration of life is planned for Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the Elks Lodge on North Avenue in Burlington. Reception will begin at 3:30 p.m., with family remarks at 4:30 p.m. A private graveside memorial will be scheduled for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donors may contribute to, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, Hero Fund, P.O. Box 459, South Hero, VT 05486. Ready Funeral Services is handling arrangements.


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Published in The Burlington Free Press from Oct. 12 to Oct. 13, 2011.
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October 21, 2011
Bill was a true friend. I will miss him at the Elks.
Alice Charbonneau
October 15, 2011
It is Saturday morning. A week ago, Dad, Jim, and I were heading to camp for a beautiful day. We wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who have so thoughtfully written messages here. Diane and I have just read aloud the names of everyone who made an entry in the guest register at our celebration of Dad's life on Friday. He would have been so touched by the outpouring. His family is forever grateful and we will cherish the memories of our time together yesterday. Our special thanks to Dad's brothers and sisters of BPOE #916. God bless you all. God bless Dad.
Thomas Leavitt
October 14, 2011
My old friend,an usher at my wedding, my pass catching great end on the HHS Football Team, Great Basketball player and mostly just a great guy who will always be in my memories of my youth. My heartfelt condolences to to you, his family and to all his friends whos lives he touched so many ways. As an old sailor, I send you off on God's Celestial Ship to sail into the arms of God. May we meet once more on the other shore. Gerry Phelps USN/Retired
Gerry Phelps
October 14, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. The hard times are the holidays as you remember him. Jean and Tom I'm so sorry for your loss.
Connie Longe (Waterbury, Vt)
October 14, 2011
Another Wilder, VT man has left us. Other than his wife, I knew not of his family. But the memories of growing up in Wilder and graduating from Hartford High School in 1955 will last me this lifetime until we meet again. My sincere condolences and prayers to the entire Leavitt family.
Gale Davis
October 14, 2011
Paul and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kerry-Ellen (Auer) Rock
October 14, 2011
I was sorry to read of Bill passing. A great man. I first knew him from Essex rental. He has been an inspiration to so many people of all ages, he will never be forgotten. May the fond memories we all have of him give peace in the months and years ahead. Rest in peace my friend you have labored hard.
Bill Wetherbee
October 14, 2011
My sincere and deepest condolences to the Leavitt family. You have lost a GREAT man from your physical lives but he will always be there in your heart and memories. I have only come to know Bill for about 6 yrs now and he and I had developed a deep mutual respect for each other as we were brothers in Elkdom to the very core of what brotherhood means. I recently told Bill that I respected him as the father I wasn't able to enjoy (mine passed early in my life). A dedicated family man who was so proud of his children and of his grand children, Bill also had a heart so large he was able to share it with the Community, particularly with the last mission we partnered in and that was to raise cash, materials and labor to build one of the camps at the new location of Camp TaKumTa in South Hero so that children would be able to have a comfortable camp to enjoy each year for years to come. His part in erecting that camp was enormous! We always wish we had "one more time" to spend when someone passes but in Bill's case, we Elks all know he will be there at the Lodge daily and we will FOREVER remember you at each tolling of the Elks Toast at the hour of 11. To Our Absent and Beloved Brother!!!
Rick Boucher
October 14, 2011
I was sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your father was truely a kind and compassionate man who was and forever will be proud of his boys. Much love to you all.
Cindy Trombly
October 13, 2011
Rest in peace my old friend, Bill. Bill was one of the Wilder crew who started school at the Wilder Grammar School and graduated together in 1955 from HHS. I was at his wedding when he married Jeanne along with many of our classmates. Sending along many fond memories to the family. Thanks to Gale Davis a Wilder classmate for letting me know about Bill. Such a great family as I remember everyone. Susan Onsruth Smith
susan Onsruth Smith
October 13, 2011
tom jim and paul sorry to hear a bout dad passing away he will all was rember by me as a good friend to me
brian gamelin
October 13, 2011
Paul, Tom and families,
We are so sorry for the loss of your dad. Cherish your memories.
You are In our thoughts and prayers

Rob and Judy Hemingway
Rob Hemingway
October 13, 2011
Bill wil be dearly missed by all of us at Rozzi's
Jamie Rozzi
October 13, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are extended to the entire Leavitt family. Bill was a wonderful man who will be missed by all whose lives he touched. I am privileged to have known Bill and called him a friend. God Bless you Bill.
Nanci Glindmyer
October 13, 2011
It was sad to hear the news of Mr Leavitt. To his family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill was a great man! Respect,Integrity, and Kindness, God bless you Bill, RIP
Victor & Tami Menard
October 13, 2011
Tom, Diane and family, I was so upset to hear of Bill's passing. What a gentleman. Bill was so very proud of his family. My Father liked Bill so much and we all enjoyed talking about our children and their military lives. I am so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Campbell Rogers
October 13, 2011
My deepest sympathy to the Leavitt family in this time of loss. Mr. Leavitt was a gentleman and a kind sole. I spent many days talking to him outside of Merola's Market. He always had time to spend discussing everyday's ups and downs and simple pleasures. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Lisa K. Heald
October 13, 2011
Bill was a dear, kind and gentle man...He had a wonderful twinkle in his eye and an infectious smile..We always loved seeing him...our thoughts are with the family..much love and many blessings..He was very proud of you and loved you all so very much..
Sarah Winslow Houmere
October 13, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Leavitt family,,was a complete shock to hear of his passing,RIP Mr,Leavitt
donna richard
October 13, 2011
Mr. Leavitt was a kind and gentle man. I always enjoyed running into him, as few as those times were he always remembered who I was and was ready with a smile and a hug. My thoughts and prayers are with the Leavitt family. Your loss is great but so is heavens gain. God Bless.
Denise Bessette
October 13, 2011
Tom - so sorry to read of the passing of your father. Based on his obituary, he must have been a wonderful man. My prayers and sympathy to you and your entire family.
Bob Shattuck
October 13, 2011
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire Leavitt family. Your dad is in heaven now getting caught up with Dave. RIP Mr. Leavitt.

Lisa Liberty (South Burlington)
October 13, 2011
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Leavitt. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire leavitt family...what a great guy Bill was. He will be greatly missed by the many, many people that knew him.
Kurt Wright
kurt Wright
October 13, 2011
While I only became acquainted with Bill within the past year, he certainly impressed me as a fine man with a gentle spirit. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Wanda Clark (Deerfield Beach, FL)
October 13, 2011
Tom & Family:
I met your dad many years ago when he sometimes stopped for a cold one at Pat's in the Bay on his way home from work. Always cheery, friendly and kind. I'm sorry for your loss.
John Horne
October 13, 2011
Very sorry for your loss...Bill was a nice man with a good sense of humor. It was pleasure to have him as a part of the extended family. He will be missed.
David Boyajian
October 13, 2011
My greatest memory of "Uncle Bill" is his smile: it would light up a room!
Bethanie Leavitt Clausen
October 13, 2011
Bill was a lovely man and will be sorely missed. We knew him through the Elks Club and adored him for his quiet strength and dignity. A rare soul indeed. May he rest in peace. John (Fitz) Fitzpatrick and Laurie Fitzpatrick
October 12, 2011
Prayers for the Leavitt family .
Thomas Savard
October 12, 2011
I'm am sadden to hear this news. Heart felt prayers for the Leavitt family. Bill was a father we all wanted I'n our lives the things he did for us kids from the north end and all he had contact with through the years is second to none you will be missed but live on through all the people you have touched .
Thomas Savard
October 12, 2011
Thomas Savard
October 12, 2011
Michael and I have enjoyed Bill though the years. We will remember his kindness, humor and loving nature. Holidays were always special for the both us and he will be missed greatly. Barbara and MIchael Boyajian.
Barbara and Michael Boyajian
October 12, 2011
Generally saw him a couple times a year down at hunting camp...he will be missed.
Joe Jacobson
October 12, 2011
Tom,

My heart, thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you and your family at this difficult time.....

Always,

Kim Auer Abramovich
October 12, 2011
I know there are no words to comfort at a time like this. Just hold on tight to each other and especially to God! He will guide you all through this. God does His best work with broken hearts. I love you all and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Mr. Leavitt. You are with your father now in your permanent home.
Jada Argento
October 12, 2011
a dedicated father,coach and friend. bill always had such great words of wisdom when you spoke to him. his comminuty spirit and generosity was second to none. he will be dearly missed,but never forgotten! my prayers are with his wife jean,and all his sons..tom,jim,paul and david, may gods peace be with you all. wayne savard and family (enfield NH)
wayne savard
October 12, 2011
We send our very deepest sympathy to the Leavitt family .
Bill was one of our favorite people . He was honest , kind , gentle , funny , a true friend and always a gentleman . We miss him now and always will . Bill made a huge difference in our lives .. How lucky we were to have Bill ...
Gary and Janet Benway
October 12, 2011
I loved the guy! Always a big smile and hello, when you happened to run into him in the super market or at a ball game. Humble, generous with his time, a great baseball coach and a teacher of HUMANITY. I feel fortunate to have been coach by him and others who have passed before him and taught how to play the game the right way. If a sucessful life is measured by how much you've given to others, then Bill Leavitt died a very rich man.
Ted Liamos
October 12, 2011
Our condolences to your family. Bill was a kind hearted, sweet and gentle man. We will miss his smile and hugs.
Darlene & John McGrath
Darlene McGrath
October 12, 2011
So sorry for your loss Paul and rest of Leavitt family...you are in our thoughts and prayers!
Dona and Bob Marcotte
October 12, 2011
Mr Bill Leavitt was a genttlemen a great father and a great freind. It was an Honer knowing him and his family.My heart goes out to the Leavitt family.
Todd Alexander
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