Brattleboro- John Raymond Brunelle, Sr., 87 of Buttonwood Drive died peacefully Wednesday evening, September 19, 2018 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family following an extended illness.
John was born in Northfield Falls, Vermont on September 29, 1930, the son of Adelard J. and Mary M. (Hanchett) Brunelle who at the time were residents of Brookfield, Vermont. He was raised and educated in Northfield where he attended public schools.
He had worked most of his career as a truck driver employed for many years at Fleming Oil Company in Brattleboro and later worked for the Montpelier Public Works Department where he retired from in 1985.
John was a former resident of Leesburg, Florida for 18 years and following the passing of his wife Geraldine (Beckwith) on May 1, 2018 he relocated back to Brattleboro to be close to his family.
Of his leisure time activities, John enjoyed riding motorcycles and actively rode up until the time of his passing. He purchased used motorcycles, rebuilt and sold them for many years. He also enjoyed watching boxing and wrestling, puttering around his home, landscaping and time shared with his family.
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Florida for 18 years
He was a communicant of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include two sons, Steven Brunelle of Brattleboro and John Brunelle Jr. and his wife Lori of East Dummerston, four daughters, Donna Fitzsimons and husband David of Keene, Theresa Knickerbocker and Bob of Plymouth, Mass, Debra Brunelle of Brattleboro and Anita Woodcock and husband Mark of Putney.
Stepchildren including Robert Burroughs and wife Cheryl, Deborah McShinsky and husband Bob, Edward Castor Jr. and wife Sally.
Additionally, he leaves many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and his beloved pet dog “Riley.”
John was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.
In keeping with John’s final wishes there are no public services scheduled. A memorial mass will be held for the immediate family at Saint Michaels Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to, The Windham County Humane Society, P.O. Box 397, Brattleboro, VT 05302.