John F. Place went home to his eternal father on October 23, 2017 after a year-long battle with cancer, his family by his side. He was born in Burlington to the late Ralph and Mary (Soucy) Place.
John served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1960. He married Joyce Larivee in 1960 and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this year. John served as a deacon for over 30 years. Upon retirement from UPS he went to work with his son, who was his best friend, working alongside him for the last 17 years. In retirement he and Joyce spent winters on St. George Island in Florida where they established many long- lasting friendships and where he was able to enjoy his love of fishing along with his many fishing buddies. An avid outdoorsman John enjoyed hunting and ice fishing with his son and his grandson.
He leaves behind his wife, Joyce and his 3 loving children with whom he was so proud: Pamela Bolster (Jeff), Amy Place-Roux (Rejean) and Jon Matthew Place (Heather), his 3 grandchildren whom he absolutely loved and was so proud of their accomplishments: Jacob and Sarah Roux and Noah Place, his nephew Rob Larivee, his brother in-law Robert Larivee of the Villages, Florida his brother and sister-in-law Bernard & Marge Larivee of Burlington and others.
There will be no visiting hours. A memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 31st at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Winooski. Burial will be at a later date in the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. Arrangements are in the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 132 Main Street, Winooski.
Please remember John in your prayers.