HIGHGATE — Allen Leonard Unwin, age 59 years, a resident of Ladimi Circle in Highgate Center, died early Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care Facility in Burlington with loving family at his side.

Born in St. Albans on Oct. 1, 1954, he was the son of Leonard Unwin and the late Marion (Tatro) Unwin. He graduated from the former Swanton High School and on June 22, 1996, was married to Lynda Richard, who survives him. Allen has been employed for over 30 years with Champlain Cable of Colchester and in earlier years worked construction.

In addition to his wife Lynda, Allen leaves his daughter Amber Unwin and her fiancée, Bryan Duprey, of Highgate; his father, Leonard Unwin of Swanton; five grandchildren, Lexus Conger, Ashlyn Duprey and Shaina, Mckenna and Gavin Benjamin; his brother, Mark Unwin of Swanton; step-daughter, Kanani Benjamin and her husband Randy of Daytona Beach, Fla.; step-son, Cory Abell of St. Albans; son-in-law, A.J. Conger of Sheldon; special friends and in-laws, Carolyn and James Demers as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his mother, Marion, Allen was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Unwin Conger in 2011 and a brother, Roger Unwin.

Allen considered his greatest achievement to be his two beautiful daughters and his greatest joy his five grandchildren.

Allen made our world so much more beautiful. He surrounded us with love, transformed ugliness into grace with his carpentry skills and turned our backyard into the Garden of Eden. If there are gardens in Heaven they will bloom more beautifully now that Allen is there.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Ave., Swanton. The Reverend Dr. Marjorie C. Gage, pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, St. Albans will officiate. Interment will follow privately for immediate family members only.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Gifts in Allen’s memory may be made to the Highgate Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 189, Highgate Center 05459-0189.

To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com

Everyone wants to make a difference in this world. Allen, job well done!