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Giacomo (Jack) DeSanto

Giacomo (Jack) DeSanto passed away peacefully on Dec. 7, 2017. He was one of eight siblings and grew up in Boston’s North End and later Medford, Mass. He moved to Georgia, Vt. in 1979 where he and his wife, Beverly, raised their only son Daniel. Jack was a kind, generous man who loved his family. He was a beloved uncle to more than 20 nieces and nephews and a grandfather who was generous with both hugs and cookies for his two grandchildren, Sophia and Leo. Jack loved where he lived and never lost a sense of amazement at being...

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James P. Hayes

ENOSBURG FALLS — James P. Hayes, age 87, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 surrounded by his loving family at the VNA Respite House in Colchester. He was born May 18, 1930 in Enosburg Falls to the late George B. and Geneva A. (Barry) Hayes. James graduated from Enosburg Falls High School in 1949. He was one of the leaders of the effort to restart the EFHS Alumni Association for their 50th class reunion in 1999, and served as association president at that time. He was a life-long dairy farmer, a member of the Holstein Friesian Association and founding...

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Camella Jean “Cammie” Blair

ST. ALBANS — Mrs. Camella J. “Cammie” Blair, age 53, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She was born in Burlington, July 13, 1964, daughter of the late Charles Joseph and Marie Doris (Yandow) Blair. Cammie was a graduate of BFA, class of 1982. June 26,1999, she married James Simpson. Cammie worked for many years in a manufacturing and quality control environment. Her employers like IBM, Revision, and most recently Green Mountain Coffee Roasters knew she had what they wanted and that was someone that was honest and hard working. She enjoyed...

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Brenda Mae LaFountain

SWANTON — Brenda Mae LaFountain, age 75, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 at her childhood home in Swanton. She was born June 29, 1942 in St. Albans, Vt. to the late Floyd McSweeny and Marion (Donaldson) McSweeny. Brenda was a deeply caring woman. Her sons recall cherished memories of wonderful Christmas’s, fresh cookies when they returned from school and spending time with her. She was a fantastic mom who provided a loving home for her kids and grandkids whom she loved dearly. She also opened her home to foster kids. Brenda loved to bake, and she was a...

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Allen Joseph Bertrand

SWANTON — Allen Joseph Bertrand, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, November 28. Allen was born on Nov. 5, 1939 on the family farm in Swanton; to Roseanna (Daneau) and Armand Bertrand. The family moved from Swanton, to Port Henry, N.Y. and Bellows Falls, Vt. opening new locations for the family’s dry-cleaning business. Allen dutifully serviced his country in the United States Airforce from 1961 – 1981 obtaining the rank of Technical Staff Sargent. During his career he was awarded the following: Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award with...

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