MONTGOMERY CENTER – James C. Robitaille, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Newport Center.

He was born in Burlington on August 10, 1985, son of Jacques and Jill (Buttendorf) Robitaille.

James grew up in Montgomery and attended school at Montgomery Elementary, BFA St. Albans, and Enosburg Falls High School. James was an amazingly hard worker. He started his first job at the age of 17 working with his dad’s logging and tree service. He then went on to snowboard instructing at Jay Peak, sugaring for Jesse Soule, construction for both St. Onge and Desroches, and many other side jobs. He was known for working from dawn till dusk to be able to provide for his family, but he worked even harder at being a dad. He always said the moment he became a father was the moment his life was saved. His drive to make sure his children were provided for made his ability to push through life unmatched by any other.

James always saw the good in people, this was a treasured gift he possessed. At any given time he would be willing to help whomever needed him, his kindness and thoughtfulness touched so many lives and hearts. James’ passions in life were horse pulling with his family, dirt biking, snowboarding, and snowmobiling with his friends. He was always on the go, full throttle you could say. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending church, but most of all James enjoyed spending time with his children, they were his world and first true love.

His amazing laugh and infectious smile would light up the darkest of times and will be treasured in our hearts forever, but he will be remembered most for his love and drive to make sure his children had the best life!!

He is survived by his cherished children, Jaylynn Kindel (his guardian angel), and Cory James Robitaille of Montgomery and their mother Kylie Dodds; his father, Jacques Robitaille of Montgomery Center; his mother, Jill (Buttendorf) Robitaille of St. Albans; sisters, Jamie Herman of South Burlington, and Hilary Robitaille and her significant other Cody Barnes of Fairfax; grandparents, Rosaire and Rachel (David) Robitaille of Montgomery Center; nieces, Daishawnda Montgomery, and Joy Comba; nephew, Paul Comba; aunts and uncles, Michael Robitaille of Montgomery, Louise Robitaille Fletcher and her husband Paul of Richford, Tammy Robitaille of Belvidere, Donald Robitaille and his wife Joanne of Richford, Judith Martin of Oregon, James Buttendorf and his wife Doris of Montgomery, Kristine Benton of Brookfield, Conn., and Douglas Buttendorf and his wife Irene of Connecticut; several cousins; and many many friends. James was predeceased by his grandparents, Warren Albert and Clare (Forsman) Buttendorf; and his uncles, Robert Robitaille, and Donald Buttendorf.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Spears Funeral Home.

For those who wish, contributions in James’ memory may be made towards a fund for his children, c/o Spears Funeral Home, P.O. Box 396, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.

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