SHELDON – George Joseph LaCoste Jr. passed away at his home in Sheldon on Sept. 5, 2013 with his loving family by his side. He was the only son born to the late George LaCoste Sr. and Elizabeth (Tracy) LaCoste on May 23, 1935.
At the age of 19, George entered United States Air Force as a mechanic. He was still active in the Air Force when he met his soon to be wife at one of the dances at the Sheldon Casino. She then was Anicette C. Bergeron, and on Aug. 27, 1960 that’s when she became Anicette C. LaCoste. They just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary this year. After George was honorably discharged from the Air Force, he started working as a mechanic at Hungerford’s in St. Albans for 38 years. George was paralyzed unexpectedly in 1987 and was no longer able to do the work he loved so much at which point he taught mechanics at BFA St. Albans for a year or so. After that the family decided to take on some work from home, Anicette opened a daycare for several years and then they did Stained glass work out of Connecticut but the driving became too much, so they decided to find something closer. They started working for The Vermont Teddy Bear Company sewing from their home. After 20 years of doing work from home, George’s health made it where he couldn’t drive any longer.
Georges other passions were, working on cars from home for family and friends, hunting, fishing, grilling and just about anything that kept him outside, but his biggest passion was his family. He was survived by his wife, Anicette LaCoste and their three children, Dana LaCoste and wife Denise of Richford, Dwayne LaCoste and wife Rosemarie of Enosburg Falls, and Denneen Wolcott and husband David of Fairfax; his grandchildren, Sierra LaCoste and civil partner Laci Baker of Sheldon, George LaCoste lll of East Berkshire, and Chantelle Benedict and husband Henry of Sheldon; his sisters, Joan Reed, Elizabeth Wilcox, and Brenda Cook and husband Delbert all of Sheldon. He is also survived by his wife’s’ brothers and sisters as well and their spouses, along with many nieces and nephews and friends, including Sierra and Georges mother, Phyllis Bovat and her Husband Larry of East Berkshire. He was predeceased by his Father and Mother, young sister, Loriane, Brother in-law Jim Reed (his sister Joan’s late husband), along with daughter in-law Linda LaCoste (Son Dwayne’s late wife), and great friends and Dottie Wagner of Pennsylvania. Also by his wife’s brothers, Denny Bergeron of Torrington, CT, Johnny Bergeron of St. Albans, Norbert Bergeron of Richford, and Gennette Bergeron of Massachusetts.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. There will be no formal funeral service. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.
For those who wish, contributions in George’s memory may be made to the Enosburgh Ambulance Service, 83 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
Private messages of condolence may be sent to George’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com