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Germain "Jim" Philip Lamoureux

Germain “Jim” Philip Lamoureux

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Thomas J. "T.J." Reise

Thomas J. “T.J.” Reise

Germain “Jim” Philip Lamoureux

ESSEX JUNCTION – Germain “Jim” P. Lamoureux passed away peacefully on Feb. 2, 2015, at The Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vt.

Jim was born on March 7, 1950, grew up in Morrisville, was a graduate of People’s Academy and received his BS at Westmar College in LaMars, Iowa majoring in Industrial Arts.  Jim taught Fine Woodworking in the Industrial Arts Department of the Essex High School/ Vocational Technical Center from 1972 to 1987. He was innovative in how computers would change the world and jumped on board with helping to introduce them into the school system at the Essex High School.  Jim was also self-employed, specializing in custom built additions and other home construction. Jim’s talents were many.

Some of Jim’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, fine woodworking, sports and photography.

Jim leaves his three sons, Philip and wife, Rachel, of Loudenville, N.Y.; Bradley Lamoureux of Troy, N.Y.; and Gregory J. Lamoureux of Enosburg Falls, Vt. He also leaves his siblings Denis Lamoureux of Troy, N.Y.; Alan (Ruth) Lamoureux of Kingston, Wash.; Elaine (David) Anthony of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Jackie (Michael) Thompson of Boulder, Colo., nieces and nephews and many Poutre relatives from the greater Newport, Vt. area. Jim was predeceased by his parents Hermance (Poutre) Lamoureux, his father, Charlie Lamoureux and stepmother, Rosemary Lamoureux.

Visiting hours and Remembrances were held Feb. 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne RD, Burlington, VT 05401. In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated to Green Mountain Conservation Camp Endowment Fund VT Fish & Wildlife Dept., 1 National Life Dr., Davis #2, Montpelier, VT 05620-3702.

To view the full obituary or to send online condolences to the family visit www.readyfuneral.com.

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Thomas J. “T.J.” Reise

ESSEX — Thomas James “T.J.” Reise, 76, died at home surrounded by his family, on Feb. 8, 2015 after a short illness.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1938 to the late Julia (Kollig) and Thomas Paul Reise in Dunkirk, N.Y.

He graduated from Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk in 1956, where he served as senior class president and was named Salutatorian.

Shortly after graduation he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1958.

T.J. attended DeVry Institute in Chicago where he received training as an Electronic Technician. He was hired by General Electric/Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin, where he worked until his retirement in 1994. Initially, he worked in the communications department, before transitioning to maintaining the communications systems for Titan Missiles. In 1965, T.J. and Kathy moved to Vermont where T.J. became a Technical Specialist assigned to Advanced Engineering, responsible for the design, build, and test of numerous weapons systems.

T.J. was a founding member of the Essex Town Fire Department, organized the building of a playground at Essex Elementary, and volunteered for Special Olympics, Girl and Boy Scouts, and Hospice.

As a young man, T.J. earned the Boy Scouts’ Order of the Arrow. Cpl. Reise received the George Washington Honor Medal as part of the Freedom Foundation’s National Awards Program. His many certifications included: OSHA Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response, an FCC license, and a General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar endorsement.

On Sept. 3, 1960, TJ married Kathryn Kunzler who survives him after 54 years of marriage. Also surviving are Craig Reise and wife Patricia of Norwood, Mass.; Lynn Crochetiere, husband Terence and children Thomas, Brian and Jacob of Chantilly, Va.; Michele Brewster and husband James and children Christopher and Matthew of Binghamton, N.Y.; Jennifer Savage and children Zachary and Hailey, and their father, Sean Savage of St. Albans. His greatest joy in life was watching his grandchildren grow; it gave him the perfect excuse to purchase all the toys he wanted to play with himself.

He is also survived by his sister and her husband, Mary Ann and Lester Palmer of Dallas, Texas; his stepmother Wanda Reise and his siblings Patricia and Michael Wunder, and Timothy and Susan Gornikiewicz, of Dunkirk, N.Y.; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Reise family would like to acknowledge the special care provided by Dr. Zail Berry, Amber and the other nurses of the VNA Hospice program.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, 228 North Ave., Burlington, VT 05401.

Visiting hours will be held on Feb. 12, 2015 from 5-8 p.m. at A W Rich Funeral Home – Essex Chapel, 57 Main St. Essex Junction, VT 05452. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Feb. 13, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Pius X, Route 15, Essex, VT with Reverend Charles Ranges S.S.E. officiating. The family also invites you to share your memories by visiting www.awrfh.com.