HIGHGATE CENTER — John Burnor Jr., age 34, passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 1, 2015 at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
He was born in St. Albans, Jan. 25, 1981 the son of John Burnor Sr. and the late Linda Burnor. John was a lifelong resident of the area and attended Missisquoi Valley Union High School. He was employed at various places including Lucille Farms in Swanton and Franklin Foods in Enosburg Falls as a cheese maker, John Burnor Sr., All Seasons Siding, Dan Mendl Sr., and for himself doing small construction and siding jobs around the state.
John enjoyed working, water sports, fishing, trips to Cape Cod, working with his Dad, antique autos and antiquing, walks with his girls, bike rides with them, watching movies and making them dinner, popcorn with Jazzy Salter on weekends. He loved spending time as a child sorting Avon and countless hours during his life with Uncle Bob and Aunt Martha, who loved you like our son.
He is survived by his daughters, Cossondra and Julia Burnor, his father, John Burnor Sr. of East Highgate, his brothers, Andrew Burnor and Jeremy Burnor of Swanton, and Daniel Burnor of East Highgate; his sister, Cheyene McDade of East Highgate, many aunts and uncles including Martha Graham and her husband, Robert, of Highgate Center, with whom Johnny made his home; Joan and William Horne of Arizona, their children Christina, Chandra, April and their families; Keith Graham and Carolyn Gadbous, who loved him like a brother; mother of his children Jane Woodard; Rose Salter, Raymond Salter III, Jazzmine Salter, whom he loved very much and helped him until his death; his family dog Jack. He was predeceased by his grandparents Leon and Nellie Burnor, and Dan Mendl Sr., who loved him very much.
In keeping with Johnny’s wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at Rice Hill Methodist Church at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Officiant will be Johnny’s friend and kayak buddy, Terri Blizzard; music selection by Mary Jo Gillilan.
Visit www.spearsfuneralhome.com for full obituary and to send messages of condolences to John’s family. Donations can be made to Highgate Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 189, Highgate Center, VT 05459, or Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P.O. Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488.