BRUCE GORDON KENT
July 16, 1931 - March 2, 2015
Heaven received a proud sailor and devoted family man who spent more than 83 years tirelessly working to protect and provide for those he loved; fighting cancer with a will of steel to be with them all.
Bruce Gordon of Swanton was the fifth child born to Floyd Depew Kent and Fannie Mae (Gray) in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, on a hot day in his parents’ attic. His oldest brother, Floyd Jr., died before Bruce was born, but he looked up to brothers Donald and Richard and was especially close to his adored sister Norma. As a young boy, he helped on the small family farm, excelled in athletics and almost drowned when he fell through ice while skating on Lake St. Clair. After graduating Lake Shore High in 1950, Bruce joined the U.S. Navy in 1951 during the Korean War, serving on the USS Monssen and the USS Yellowstone until 1955. He authored a 366-page memoir of his experiences.
Bruce married the love of his life, Janice Lee Walker, on Feb. 20, 1960. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary just days before he died. They were blessed with five children, their spouses and 11 grandchildren: Kathryn Ann of Texas (husband John Rhadigan; children McKenna and Kallan), Daniel Gordon of Michigan (wife Lori Marnon; children Kathleen Elrod and son-in-law Matthew, Justin and Shane) Kelly Kay of Williston (husband Earl Walters; children Kayla and Kelsey) Sharon Sue of Connecticut (husband Patrick Cunningham; children Kasey and Chase) and James Allan of Michigan (wife Lisa Marks; children Noah and Alec).
Bruce and Jan made happy homes and many dear friends in Sterling Heights, Mich.; Glendale, Ariz.; and Swanton, and were members of Methodist churches in all three states.
Bruce was an honest and talented jack-of-all-trades. In Michigan he worked as a crane operator for Dean Brothers, a truck driver for A&P Groceries and K&T Freight and retired as a professional bus driver with Phoenix Transit in 1996. As a Vermont retiree he delivered Meals on Wheels, the Williston Observer and Vermont Maturity Magazine. He enjoyed working around his home, harvesting maple syrup, hunting, fishing, metal detecting and gardening. He enjoyed participating in competitive leagues for horseshoes, golf and bowling. He qualified twice to attend the National Bowling Association Championship Tournament. Most of all, Bruce loved to laugh and make others laugh. He created a Kent family tradition of staging elaborate surprises that always ended in laughter and grateful tears.
Bruce was predeceased by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his adoring wife, Jan, his five children and their families and many loving nieces and nephews.
Although extremely humble and mild-mannered, his family knows that Bruce Gordon Kent (“Papa”) was a real Superman.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 7, 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Albans. Pastor Megan Stowe will officiate. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Sanders, Amy Fox and his great team at Champlain Valley Hematology Oncology, PC and the compassionate people at VNA Hospice. If desired, a donation may be made to VNA of Chittenden & Grand Isle Counties, VNA Hospice, in Vermont.
Bruce Wayne Tetreault
Bruce Wayne Tetreault of Williston went to be with his Lord on Feb. 23, 2015 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on April 20, 1950 in Burlington, the son of Eugene and Arlene (Holcomb) Tetreault. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1968. Soon after he enlisted in the US Marine Corps and served in the Vietnam War 1968-1972.
Bruce worked at the General Electric Co. in Burlington for almost twenty years as a tool inspector. Later, he pursued his passion for the outdoors and teaching while working for Smugglers Notch Resort. Most recently he was employed at The RehabGYM for seven years. Bruce received his certificate in Mediation and Conflict Management from Woodbury College in 2000.
Bruce was a fun-loving man with a great sense of adventure. He was a very loving person who was immediately available for any family member or friend who needed him. He loved spending time enjoying nature, particularly while canoeing, fishing, skiing and walking his dogs. He had a special love for all animals and they loved him in kind.
He is survived by his mother, Arlene Tetreault of Burlington; his daughter Tamara Jaques, her husband Sean and their daughter Lucy of Essex Junction; his son Todd Tetreault and his wife Erica of Williston; his friend Sharon Gutwin of Williston and her children Karl, Rebecca and Anna; his sisters Lynn Bundy of Round Rock, Tex. and Joy Black of Delanson, N.Y.; his nieces Danielle, Shannon and Ericka Bundy; his nephew Gage Black; his adopted son Josip Martin; and his adopted son and daughter Janko and Saska Veljovic.
A celebration of Bruce’s life will be held Saturday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at Community Bible Church, 2025 Williston Road, South Burlington, with reception to follow. Visiting hours will be on Friday, March 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ready Funeral Home, 68 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery on Monday, March 9 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce’s memory may be handled through Charles Shand, 63-5 Partridge Hill, Colchester, VT 05446 or made to www.bestfriends.org