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James Lavoie

James Edward Lavoie

Saturday, April 20th, 1940 - Thursday, April 29th, 2021
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Obituary

James Edward Lavoie, 81, of Saint Albans, Vermont passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 29th with his family by his side. Jim was born on April 20th, 1940, in Burlington, the son of Leo J. and Violet F. (Thomson) Lavoie. Jimmy attended schools in Burlington, graduating from Cathedral Grammar School in June of 1954, and Burlington High School in June of 1958. From the time Jimmy turned six years old, he worked at his father’s Burlington Esso gas station, as well every day after high school at Belville’s station.
In May, 1957, during his junior year of high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. During the summer of 1957, he attended boot camp at the United States Training Center (USNTC) in Bainbridge, Maryland. Jim served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy from 1957 until retiring with rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer in 1985. Jim spent time in Vietnam and continued to serve his fellow veterans until the last weeks of his life, with an active role as treasurer in the Vietnam Veterans of America in St Albans.
During his twenty-eight years in the Navy, Jim was awarded the Navy “E” Battle Efficiency Medal and Ribbon, the Navy Good Conduct Medal and Ribbon, with one bronze star, the Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal and Ribbon, with one bronze star, the National Defense Medal and Ribbon, the Armed Forces Expeditious Medal and Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal and Ribbon, with one bronze star, the USN Sea Service Deployment Medal and Ribbon with one bronze star, the USN/USMC Overseas Service Medal and Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve/Navy Medal and Ribbon, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal and Ribbon.

During the later years in his life, Jim enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Eliana, Sylus and Isaac, giving fellowship and support to area veterans as well as hunting, gardening and the great outdoors. Jim battled through several illnesses the last 3 years of his life and the family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Krista Evans and Dr. Maura Barry of the UVM Medical Center as well as Jim’s “personal nurse”, Jolene O’Connell, who gave Jim more joy than she will ever know.
Jim is survived by his four children, James J. Lavoie of New Britain, CT, Michael Lavoie of Saint Albans, Ann Lavoie Woods and husband Sammy of New Britain, CT and Patrick Lavoie and wife Melien of West Suffield, CT., his first wife and mother to his children, Margaret Danyow of Essex Junction, two sisters, Patricia Dominski and Elizabeth Crosby, both of Florida, as well as step-daughter, Brenda Rice and her children, Sarah and Alex as well as countless nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sisters Barbara Hill, Carol Adams Stark, brother Robert Lavoie, as well as his second wife, Cora.
Visiting Hours will be Monday morning, May 3rd from 11 to 1pm at The LaVigne Funeral Home, 132 Main St, Winooski, VT 05404, followed by a service for all who wish to stay and attend. A private burial with immediate family members will be at the New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 753, located in Saint Albans.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service
    Address
    132 Main St
    Winooski, VT 05404
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks and social distancing are required.
  • Service

    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 3rd, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service
    Address
    132 Main St
    Winooski, VT 05404
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Masks and social distancing are required.

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Don Little

Posted at 11:01am
I have known Jim through the Vietnam Vets. Jim was outstanding in his role as Secretary / Treasurer and was very meticulous in his duties as such. I will miss you Jim. Rest in peace my friend.
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Barry and Jane OLeary

Posted at 05:34pm
Sending much love and comfort during this time, from Jane and Barry
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Posted at 07:47pm
Ann & Family, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Mary Fargen/Greg Hunter

Posted at 08:48am
Jim's Family,
I worked with Jim for a number of years and found that he had a very kind heart. He enjoyed working and being around people. He will be missed by all that knew him. May your memories of Jim help you through the difficult days ahead.
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Bill

Posted at 07:31am
Jim: You will be missed. My prayers are with your family & friends
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