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Roland Bouffard

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Walter McIntyre Thackara

Walter McIntyre Thackara

 

Roland J. Bouffard

Roland J. Bouffard, 82, a longtime resident of Colchester, died peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Roland was born in Winooski on August 18, 1932, the son of Joseph and Lucille (Prive) Bouffard. He was married at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in South Hero on April 12, 1958 to Estell (Larrow) Bouffard. He served his country during the Korean War with the United States Marine Corp. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. As an avid history buff, he enjoyed visiting the many historical sites in the mid-Atlantic region with his family. He especially enjoyed relaxing and fishing on the shores of Lake Champlain and taking cruises on the Spirit of Ethan Allen.

Roland was employed for 33 years as a manager and master meat cutter with the Grand Union.

Roland is survived by his wife of 57 years, Estell Bouffard; their children, Nancy Lines and her husband Gary and their children, Nicholas and Alyssa; Michael Bouffard and his fiancée Sara, and his children, Michael, Ashley, and Carley and her fiancé Thomas Cameron and their child, Aleyah, and Sara’s daughter Samara; Lynda Wiggins and her husband Todd and their children, Shane, Kevin and Kelly; William Bouffard and his wife Kimberly and their children, Shalyn, Shauney, and William; his brother, John Bouffard and his wife Mary; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, and his twin brother, Normand Bouffard and his wife Margaret.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Church Road in Colchester. Graveside services will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 416 Church Road, Colchester, VT 05446. Arrangements are with the LaVigne Funeral home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St. in Winooski. Online condolences can be made to www.lavignefuneralhome.com.

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Walter McIntyre Thackara

SANIBEL, Fla — Walter McIntyre (Pat) Thackara, 84, of Sanibel, Fla., and South Burlington/Malletts Bay, Vt., and formerly Red Bank, N.J., passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Feb. 25, in his Florida home, and is finally reunited with the love of his life, Ginny. He graduated Proctor Academy, Andover, N.H., in 1950, and went on to play football for Duke University. He had an illustrious career at A.G. Becker & Co. in New York, for 27 years, retiring as Senior VP in the Government and Municipal Bond Department. While there, he trained many successful brokers and to this day is one of the most respected men in his industry.

He was a gourmet cook, who loved to entertain with Ginny wherever they were. He also played upright bass and was a music enthusiast. He loved to dance, and would spin Ginny around any dance floor, which she adored. Pat and Ginny were avid golfers in their day, and spent many happy hours together on their trawler, “Blue Heron”, on Lake Champlain. He was a craftsman in his wood shop, a lifelong hunter, and a fisherman, who still holds the New Jersey state record for biggest Hammerhead shark.

He was gregarious, and lovingly called “Chatty Patty” by his family and friends. Known as “Poppy” to his five grandchildren, many happy hours were spent at graduations, Marine homecomings, equestrian events, lacrosse and hockey games, and summers at Camp Ingleside on the lake. Anyone who knew Pat will attest that he was the life of the party, the host of hosts, a tenacious friend, and a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved with all his heart and soul.

He was pre-deceased by his parents, Virgina C. and Charles V. Thackara, his sister, Virginia C. Lomerson, his wife, Virginia Mason Thackara and baby-granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Thackara. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela T. McCoy, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.: son, Charles “Chip” Thackara and wife, Maribeth, Colchester; Grand-Children, Andrew M. McCoy and wife, Jillian, Monmouth Beach, N.J.; Brett A. McCoy, New York City, Carter H. McCoy, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; Emily Louise Thackara, Colchester, Mason James Thackara, Colchester; and great-grandson, Joel McCoy, Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

There will be a celebration of Pat’s life on Friday, May 15, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Colchester, Vt. at 10 a.m. Donations in memory of Pat may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation at www.amyloidosis.org.

This is a corrected obituary. There was an error in the version that was published in the April 16 issue of the Colchester Sun.