EAST HIGHGATE / FAIRFIELD — Gordon A. Sweet, age 81, passed away Tuesday evening, Dec. 31, 2013 at the Sweet family home in Fairfield with his loving family at his side.

He was born Dec. 30, 1932 in Fairfield the son of the late, Robert and Henrietta (Therrien) Sweet.

Gordon was a U.S. Air Force veteran serving from 1954 to 1957 during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 1 of St. Albans. He worked for H.P. Hood from 1960 to 1981, the Richmond Co-Op from 1981 to 1983 and P.B.M. formerly Wyeth from 1983 retiring in 2011.

Gordon enjoyed going out to eat, hunting, working and raising and tending to his animals (pigs, cows and horses). He especially loved to spend time with his children and their families.

He is survived by his children, Michael Sweet of Highgate, Deborah Hoburn and her husband, Richard, of Sheldon, Robin Rushlow and her husband, Kent, of Highgate, Stephanie Sweet and her life partner, Suzanne Stevens, of Norwood, NY, John Sweet and his wife, Cathy, of Sheldon; his step-children, Clifford Heath and his wife, Audrey of St. Albans, Chad Heath of Burlington, and Jamie Bushey and her husband, Paul, of Georgia; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; his brothers, Frederick Sweet of Sheldon, George Sweet and his wife, Linda, of LaGrande, Ore., and Robert Sweet and his wife, Gloria, of Sheldon; his sisters, Dorothy Draper of St. Albans, Ethel Sweet of Fairfield, and Shirley Burnor and her husband Terrance of Wilbraham, Mass.; his sister-in-law, Carol Sweet of Georgia; many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Gordon was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond Sweet and Ronnie Sweet.

A time of visitation will be held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Avenue, Enosburg Falls. Interment with military honors will take place this spring in the Sheldon Village Cemetery.

For those who wish, contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to Franklin County Home Health Agency, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478.

Private messages of condolence may be sent to Gordon’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com