ST. ALBANS — Mr. John A. Bushey, age 81, died on Friday evening, March 11, 2016, following a long and tenacious battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease. His three loving children surrounded him in the final moments of his life.
John was born in St. Albans on Aug. 15, 1934, son of the late George Raymond Bushey and Clara Kenyon of St. Albans. He graduated from Bellows Free Academy and continued his education at Northeastern University on an ROTC scholarship, graduating with a degree in civil engineering in 1959.
John approached life with strength, humility, and humor. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid skier, sailor, and golfer.
He married Ann McLaughlin on June 6, 1959 in Boston, Mass. They faced life together in marriage for 38 years until her passing in 1997.
In 1962, John and Ann joined with two of their colleagues and friends to construct a classic A-frame ski lodge at the foot of Jay Peak. For the following decade, they operated the Inglenook Lodge, welcoming guests and making friends from around the world.
John worked for the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation for 38 years. He started his career surveying for the interstate highway system, continued in bridge design and construction, and retired in 1999 as a District Transportation Administrator. He was an active participant in his profession and travelled the state extensively, earning him membership in the 251 Club of Vermont for visiting every town and city in the state.
As a communicant of St. Mary’s church, John served his parish for many years as an usher. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus council 297 and served as past Grand Knight. John was also an active member of the Elk’s Club B.P.O.E. 1135 of St. Albans and the Owl’s Club, where he held many offices, including President.
John is survived by his three children and their spouses, Michelle Bushey of Arlington, Va., Christine and David Elwood of St. Albans, and Matthew and Karen Bushey of Burlington; his beloved twin sister Joyce Bushey of St. Albans; six grandchildren, Erin and Sean Kelley, Cole and Jeremy Elwood, and Anna and Tegan Bushey; and several cousins.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at the Brady and Levesque Funeral Home, 86 South Main St, with visiting hours on Tuesday March 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., and a funeral service on Wednesday March 15 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163. Online condolences may be sent to his family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services.