Waltham/Vergennes – Victor Roland Guyette, 87, died peacefully on September 17, 2021, at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury with his loving family by his side. Roland was born on January 25, 1934 in Troy, VT, the son of Harland and Aline (Richer) Guyette. On April 6, 1961, he married the love of his life, Sandra (Foote), and they made their home in Woodsville, NH.
After graduating from Newport High School in 1953, Roland went on to attend college at Lyndon State, graduating in 1957. Following his graduation, he returned to Newport where he taught for three years. In 1960, he began teaching at Haverhill Academy, where he met Sandra. In 1967, they relocated to Vergennes, VT, where Roland began his 33-year teaching career, retiring from teaching in 2000.
Roland continued at VUHS in various capacities before full retirement at the age of 85. During his VUHS tenure, he spent 30 years coaching teams that included boys soccer and girls basketball, baseball and soccer. He also served two tenures as the VUHS Athletic Director. In 1997 he was inducted into the LSC Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the VPA Hall of Fame. Roland also spent 20 of his summers as the Director and lifeguard of the Sam Fishman Pool in Vergennes.
Roland loved his family, first and foremost, dropping anything for them at any given time. Next in line was his service to VUHS where he was a fixture, always going above and beyond. He has touched so many lives and will be missed dearly.
Roland was predeceased by his wife, Sandra, his parents, and his siblings, Arthur, Leo, Anita (Forcier) and Clement. He is survived by his children, Lindy Bessette and husband, Geoff of Essex Junction, Lori Lumbra and partner, Rob Holwager of Vergennes, Shelley LaBerge and partner, Erin Paquin of Vergennes, and Gregory Guyette and wife, Maria of South Burlington; his beloved grandchildren, Ryne Bessette, Brady Bessette (Sara Tiedemann), Justin Bessette (Lan Vu), Jonathan Bessette (Alexis Coplin), Reid Lumbra (Nicki English), Ross Lumbra (Erin Barch), Alexis LaBerge (Kory Cousino), Reilly LaBerge (Ashley LaBerge), and Mary, Matthew, Rachel, Anna, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Rose, and Andrew Guyette; and great grandchildren Rowan, Charlotte, Konnor, Kole and Raylan.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and Addison County Home Health and Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care they provided to Roland. A special thanks to Caitlin Duval for providing such tender loving care in his final days.
Calling hours will be on Friday, October 1, from 4:00-7:00 pm at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Vergennes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 2, at 1:00 pm at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Vergennes. (Masks will be required at both services regardless of vaccination status.) Burial will take place at Horse Meadow Cemetery in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, on October 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Roland's name be made to the VHS Booster Club, Inc., and to be mailed to Peter Maneen, VUHS, 50 Monkton Road, Vergennes, VT 05491. To send online condolences to Roland's family and for those who cannot attend the funeral service, you can post or watch the video of the service by going to www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com
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Published by Newport Daily Express from Sep. 23 to Sep. 24, 2021.