Donald J. Demas NORTHFIELD — Donald James Demas, 81, formerly of Waitsfield, passed away peacefully in his sleep in the comfort of his Northfield home on April 2, 2019, with his family by his side. Born Nov. 7, 1937, in St. Albans, he was the son of the late Orson P. and Donna (Buckner) Demas. On Sept. 1, 1956, Donnie married Nancy L. (Eurich) in Waitsfield. Donnie graduated from Waitsfield High School and went on to enlist in the U.S. Army Reserves for two years. Donnie drove a logging truck, worked for Norris Gallagher as a carpenter and soon after in 1968, started what has resulted in a third generation of Demas Builders. Donnie coached his sons' Little League baseball team, was a deacon of the Waitsfield United Church of Christ, a member of the Waitsfield Volunteer Fire Department and of the Waitsfield Mad River Masonic Lodge No. 77. He also enjoyed reading, cooking and baking, hunting, and was an avid Boston Red Sox and Celtics fan. His proudest accomplishments were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donnie is survived by his children Anthony Demas and wife Dyanne, currently of Florida, Terri Stridsberg and husband David, of Berlin; three grandchildren Tyler Demas and wife Kate, Brent Hallock and Brittney Hallock; six great-grandchildren Tiahna Hallock, Tayden and Nakyah Lawliss, Latoya Buck, Abigail and Ethan Demas; two siblings Earl Demas, of Hawaii, Donna Hutchins, of Texas; as well as many nieces and nephews. His wife, Nancy Demas, and son, Alan Demas, predeceased him. A celebration of Donnie’s life will take place at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ in Waitsfield on Monday, April 8, 2019, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church dining room. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather, memorial gifts would be appreciated to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, VT 05641 ( Assisting the family is the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Waterbury. To send online condolences, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page.

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