RICHFORD — Aven Michael Royea, age one year and eight months, passed away unexpectedly at the Vermont Children’s Hospital in Burlington with his loving family at his side.

He was born May 26, 2013 in St. Albans the son of Joslynn Bessette of Richford and Kevin Royea, Jr. of Orleans. Aven enjoyed swimming in great papa farmer’s swimming pool, riding the four-wheeler with Uncle Logan, snowmobiling, having Aunt Bailey pulling him outside in the snow, cuddling with Meme and Papa, John Deere tractors. Aven also loved going to truck and car shows and the sounds of engines. Most of all he loved spending time with his Mommy.

Besides his parents, Aven is survived by his maternal grandparents, Larry and Michele Bessette of Richford; paternal grandparents, Kevin and Laura Royea Sr. of Orleans; maternal great grandparents, Gary Lutes, Brenda Ballard, Roger Gendron, Dianne Bessette and Joseph Martel all of Richford; paternal great grandfather, Harold Johnson of Richford; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Aven was predeceased by his paternal great grandparents, Phyllis Johnson and Basil and Winnie Royea.

Aven’s family would like to thank everyone who has been in Aven’s life that has made it wonderful for him.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Tim Stetson officiating. Interment will be held later this spring in All Saints Cemetery in Richford. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Aven’s memory may be made to the Vermont Children’s Hospital, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 or to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

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