James Genest

James Genest

Tuesday, January 29th, 1957 - Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
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James P. Genest, 64, of Jericho, passed away on April 14th 2021 in Burlington.

James P. Genest, was born in Burlington to Robert and Lena (Shattee) Genest on January 29, 1957. He went to school at Rice Memorial high school. He married Lori Beeman on October 11, 2012 in Jericho. He worked as an Operating Engineer for the University of Vermont for 43 years. He served in the US Navy including a deployment in foreign sea service to the Persian Gulf.

James P. Genest was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Lena (Shattee) Genest in addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his brother Robert and brothers-in-law Ronald Gonyea and Dennis LaBonte.

James P. Genest is survived by his wife Lori (Beeman) Genest, his sons, James Genest II of Wakefield, RI and Skyler Genest and his wife, Jenna Rae of Georgia; daughters, Erin Saylor and her husband, Heath, Richmond, KY, Kaitlyn Luce and her husband, David, of Benton, TN and stepdaughter Samantha Fuller and her husband Dave of Elmore, one brother Joseph Genest and his wife, Rosalie, and two sisters Sandra LaBonte and Victoria Gonyea. James P. Genest deeply loved his 14 grandchildren; Javen, Lena, Eli, Jackson, Eden, Maddox, Harmoni, Ivy, Haisley, Kyla Rae, Jaxson, Kelynn Rae, Haddie, and Kasen;

Visiting Hours will be 4pm to 6pm on April 20, 2021 at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St, Winooski VT 05404.
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    Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service
    132 Main St
    Winooski, VT 05404
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID-19 protocols, no more than 40 individuals in the building at a time. Masks must be worn. Please respect the social distancing protocols.


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Kim “Joy” Jones

Posted at 10:19am

Moon Mullen

Posted at 12:06pm
My prayers and thoughts are with the Genest family with the death of James. I have fond recollections of him from our high school days at Rice Memorial - a good and kind soul. God bless you all.

Melissa Johnson

Posted at 12:40pm
Dear Jim,
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You and your amazing children are certainly in our thoughts now.
Much Love, Bert and Melissa Johnson

Mary Ann Burlingame

Posted at 12:28pm
Jim Genest….. The Rock.
My heart is broken that Jim has left us. I worked with him indirectly not side by side but connected through our department.
He had this texture in his voice, not sure if that the right word, maybe tone? That was friendly and inviting. He had a sparkle in his eyes. He had an awesome smile with the handlebar mustache.
He worked for Central Heating Plant at UVM which we nicknamed the cage. I believe it was because they used to store the batting cages for the gym there, before it became the heating plant. I thought it was because you were trapped there 24/7 to maintain the campus, like being in a cage. Jim and co-workers had to be there to keep the campus running. Make sure staff, students and visitors were kept comfortable in all conditions, cold and warm.
Jim was a rock in so many ways. A rock is a part of a strong foundation to keep things together and that is what Jim did. He made sure UVM campus was held together.
We worked together for the campus needs. Besides calling him for business, my most favorite calls to him were for the weather. Yup, the weather. I nicknamed him my weather man. Here is why:
I worked in a basement with no windows. When I needed to go out on campus I would call Jim for the weather update. What would I need to wear or bring with me to bear the outside elements? There was a large rock positioned outside the Central Heating Plant. That was our focus of the weather forecast. I would call Jim and say: “What does the ROCK have to say today?” Was it wet (raining) was it dry (sunny)? When he did not answer the phone on the first few rings I’d ask him if he was outside sunning himself on the sun deck. We always got a chuckle our of our conversations.
I also shared this same conversation with his co-worker Dan Treadway, who passed away a couple months before him. These are sad times.
Jim was a ROCK for UVM and for family and friends. Their will be a void in our hearts but the fond memories will live on. Maybe Jim will be asking God if he can be at the realm of the weather controls and grant us more sunny days ahead.
I know sadness will be set in for awhile, but I will always picture Jim with his sparking eyes, great smile and handlebar mustache.
JIM….. You are the ROCK, man. Thank-you for being part of my life at UVM for so many years.
Note: he looked after so many in life, he will still be looking out for so many from heaven.

Your co-worker Mary Ann (Lesage) Burlingame

Virginia Patnaude McKenzie

Posted at 09:41am
Dear Sandie and Jim's Family.
Pat and I send our deepest condolences in the passing of your loved one.
We hope the many happy memories you have of your life with Jim will help you during this most difficult time.
Virginia (Patnaude) & Patrick McKenzie
Milton, VT. & Orcas Island, WA.

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