Daniel Joseph Lemieux BARRE TOWN – Daniel Joseph Lemieux, 91, of Owen Drive, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at his home. Born Jan. 1, 1927, in Berlin, New Hampshire, he was the son of Peter and Emile (Couture) Lemieux. Daniel attended St. Monica’s graded school where he was an altar boy and went to Spaulding High School for two years before the family moved and bought a farm in Middlesex. He graduated from St. Michael's High School with the class of 1945. After graduating, Daniel continued to work on the farm until he moved back to Barre where he became employed at the local IGA Grocery Store. On May 9, 1946, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training at Fort Belvore, Virginia, engineering camp, Daniel was shipped to the Philippines to serve as the Quarter Master in Battery A 538th Field Battalion as part of the rotating guard duty for Japanese prisoners. He was honorably discharged in June of 1947. Returning to Barre, Daniel began working at the First National Stores for 13 years, 10 of which as assistant manager. In June of 1960, he went to work for Howard’s Market in South Barre as the personnel manager, working there for six years – never missing a day! In May of 1966, he began working at Capitol City Press in Berlin, working there full time for 26 years; he semi-retired in 1992 but continued to supervise the shipping department part time for another four years, fully retiring in 1996. On June 11, 1960, he married Louise Crete in the St. Monica Catholic Church in Barre. Their son, Peter, was born in 1964 and daughter, Renee, in 1968. Daniel and Louise bought a home in Barre Town in 1967 and always enjoyed sharing in the upkeep of their home and property, which was always immaculate. Louise passed away on May 27, 1991. In his spare time, Daniel enjoyed time spent with his family snowmobiling, swimming in Groton or Caspian Lake, foliage rides and the occasional trip to the Hidden Valley Dude Ranch for some horseback riding. Survivors include his daughter, Renee and husband James O’Keefe, of Barre; and his nieces Charlene Buttura, of Montpelier, and Louise Mar, of Clovis, California; along with many in-laws and extended family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Louise Lemieux; his son, Peter Lemieux; his two sisters Elaine Robinson and Dolores Colbert; and his nephew, Ira Robinson. As per his wishes, there will be no calling hours. A graveside committal service will be held in the Spring in the St. Sylvester Cemetery in Websterville. In lieu of cards, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Central Vermont Humane Society, P.O. Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601. A loving tribute from your son-in-law: “On a late fall day in 1996, I rounded the corner on Owen Drive to meet my future wife’s father (he was not expecting me). In the driveway was a man about 5’2” tall and 115 lbs., he had spent the day bringing in the wood that he had stacked that spring from outside to inside his garage, four cords all by himself; he was almost 70, but looked 55. Our conversation wasn’t all that long that day but he was very polite, even when he asked me to leave so he could finish his work. Let’s just say sparks didn’t fly that day, but it wouldn’t take long for me to realize just how special a man I’d met. Over the next 22 years, we would come to know each other very well. He would tell me often about his journey through life, one of amazing fortitude, faith and hard work … now it’s my honor to tell you about it …” Please visit www.hookerwhitcomb.com to read more about Daniel’s journey through this world. The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Renee, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. He was always such a kind man. May he R.I.P.

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