October 25, 2014

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JOHN ROBERT FAY

John Robert Fay, age 79, died peacefully at home on Oct. 15, 2013 with his family by his side.

Bob was born in Colchester to Laura and John Fay on Feb. 19, 1934. He attended Cathedral High School and served our country as a Navy sonar man in the Korean War. Returning from overseas, Bob graduated from the University of Vermont with an electrical engineering degree and was a dedicated career employee of IBM for 32 years.

Bob was an usher at St Anthony’s Church, was a referee for Burlington Amateur Hockey Association and took pleasure in family genealogy. Bob enjoyed time with his best friends on the golf course; loved: Florida sunshine, sharing the family garden harvest, wood working, tending to his apple trees, riding the tractor and visiting with dear family and friends sharing good food and laughs.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pauline and daughter, Debra Fay-Artist and her husband Michael; his aunt, Emma Fay; sister Paulette Peters; brothers and their loving wives: Lionel and Susan Fay, Paul and Vicki Fay; Alan and Kathy Fay; Neil and Carol Fay; and sister in law, Claire Chalifoux and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brother Claude Fay. Special thank you to wonderful neighbors and our family for all the support.

Funeral services will be privately held and memorial donations can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties Vermont; www.vnacares.org.

JOAN (BESSETTE) DELAIRE JOHNSON

Joan Johnson unexpectedly died on Oct. 10, 2013. She was born Jan. 20, 1937, the daughter of Maragret and Kenneth Bessette Sr. of Williston. A 1955 Burlington High School grad, Joan worked as a school bus driver in Williston and Pasco County, Fla., and won many driving awards. When she retired she didn’t stop, Joan was active in Bunco group, Bocce ball, and Bingo clubs, two Red Hat chapters, was secretary of Beacon Woods Board of Directors where she lived, was an avid garage saler, and of course, with her beloved ‘08 Corvette convertible was a Corvette Club member. Joan was a vibrant woman also known as “Joanie-ago-go.” Joanie will be dearly missed. Joan is survived by her five children, G. Scott Delaire of Williston, Mark A. Delaire of California, Jeffrey L. Delaire of Florida, Laurie A. Gaylord of New Hampshire, and Susan A. Moore of Florida; stepsons, John and Dan Johnson; sister, Joyce Fredette of Florida; brother, Kenneth Jr. and Gayle Bessette of Williston; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Lee Ward Johnson. A graveside service will be held at East Cemetery in Williston at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, followed by a celebration of her life from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burlington Country Club, 568 So. Prospect St., Burlington. Arrangements are in care of the Gifford Funeral Home, Richmond.

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