Posts from — July 2011
My neigbbor Mike, who lived across the street from me, passed away on Saturday. I’ve cut and paste his Free Press obituary below. He was an incredibly nice guy. I can’t tell you how many times he came over and plowed my driveway for free. He plowed lots of people’s driveways for free. He helped out the whole neighborhood all the time, loaning anyone who needed it his tools, time and money. Last fall he loaned me his pressure washer, and then his paint sprayer. Neighbors could pretty much walk into his garage at will and borrow anything. He was always friendly and had a unique sense of humor. The whole neighborhood will miss him.
MICHAEL A. LAVOIE, JR. BURLINGTON – Michael A. Lavoie, Jr., 35, died on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, in the Vermont Respite House following a courageous battle with cancer. Michael was born in New Britain, Conn. on July 7, 1976, the son of Michael A.J. Lavoie, Sr. and Patricia McLain. He was a graduate of Colchester High School class of 1995. He married the love of his life, Christy Shelc, with whom he has spent the past 16+ years. A true patriot, Mike took great pride in his life and his family. He was a very outspoken and memorable person and spent summers with his family on a boat on Lake Champlain and with his friends at The Moorings Marina in Colchester. He was self employed as a master plumber, dedicated to getting the job done right and making his customers happy. A devoted husband, father, son and friend, he is survived by his wife, Christy Lavoie of Burlington; daughter, Meghan Lavoie, and son, Tyler Lavoie both of Burlington; his father, Michael Lavoie, Sr. of Colchester; his mother, Patricia McLain of Fairhaven, Mich.; his brothers, Jason Lavoie and his wife, Holly, of Colchester, and Keith Lavoie and his wife, Erin, of Naples, Fla.; his stepmother, Nancy Lavoie of Colchester; mother-in-law, Marilyn Hill; father-in-law, Paul Shelc; and several nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2011, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Ready Funeral & Cremation Services, South Chapel, 261 Shelburne Rd., Burlington. To honor Michael’s wishes, he will be cremated. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to CUFFS (Cops Uniting For Fighting Cancer Org.) P.O. Box 165, Williston, VT 05495, or to the Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Rd., Williston, VT 05495. Arrangements are in the care of the Ready Funeral Services. For directions or to send online condolences please visit www.readyfuneral.com.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 29, 2011
July 29, 2011 1 Comment
My uncle Allyn, my mother’s younger brother passed away on Friday at Rutland Regional medical center. He was 69 years old. Allyn was earnest and unassuming. A rarity in modern times, he was hard working, responsible, honest, and always friendly and good natured. He was a very good man. He worked for the same company for decades until he retired, and he loved the same woman throughout a fifty year marriage, raising four children and never parting until death. He was pure and simple, and he is dearly missed.
July 24, 2011 1 Comment
Today’s date is special for me for the same reason it’s special for everybody else. Today is the anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. What an incredible event. Oddly enough today is also likely to be the last full day of the last space shuttle mission ever. As a kid I read about Mercury, Gemini and Apollo- but it was the STS that I watched in real time. In my lifetime the most vivid and memorable spaceflight event was not the moon landing of sixty-nine. It was the Challenger explosion of eighty-six. Between July of sixty-nine and December of seventy-two, twelve people walked on the moon. I’ve always felt a little bit bad that I missed it. I was born a month after Gene Cernan, the last astronaut on the moon, came home.
July 20, 2011 1 Comment
Thank you Philip, and John (sorry I missed you), and wonderful to see everyone there today- Selene, Maggie, Ed, Jack, Kesha, Minor H, Bill, Seth, Charity and all other wonderful friends who make this event so special every year. I love this thing, not just for the beach and the free beer- but also because of all of you.
July 9, 2011 No Comments