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Col. Burton A. Paquin, Sr (USAF-Ret)

May 19, 1919 May 18, 2018
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Swanton - Burton A. Paquin, Sr. passed away late Friday night May 18th a few minutes before his 99th birthday following a brief illness, having led a long, full, rewarding life. Born on May 19th, 1919, in Malone, New York the eldest son of Ambrose and Florence Gilbert Paquin, Burt was raised on a diversified dairy farm in Sheldon initially powered by horses. He attended classes in a one room school house, graduated from Highgate High School in 1936 and Burlington Business College (now Champlain College) in 1938.

Burt served in the Army Air Corps in England during World War II and was among the charter members of the Vermont Air National Guard, retiring from the U. S. Air Force in 1980 with 38 years of service. He married Celia Cioffi on November 3rd, 1946 and established the initial Paquin automobile dealership the next year, remaining actively engaged in the business well into his retirement years.

Burt and Cel spent a wonderful life together and enjoyed dividing their time between their home on Lake Champlain in Swanton and their winter home in Stuart, Florida. Burt also really loved spending time at the family deer camp in Johnson.

Over the years Burt was involved in many organizations, but in recent years was most active in St. Albans Rotary, his World War II alumni association, Monday bridge club and the Church of the Nativity in Swanton.

Burt was predeceased by his wife, Celia, ten of his eleven siblings as well as four of Celia’s, and to his often-expressed regret, virtually all of his longtime friends and former colleagues. He is survived by his sons, Burton A. Paquin, Jr. and Robert G. Paquin (Theresa), daughter, Sarah P. Merritt (Allan), grandchildren, Burton A. Paquin III, Jennifer Pikna (Paul) and Christine M. Wells (Nathaniel), great grandchildren Paul and Parker Pikna, sister, Theresa Gearty, several brothers and sisters in law, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Wednesday May 23rd, 2018, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Thursday May 24th, 2018, at the Church of the Nativity, 65 Canada Street, Swanton followed by interment with full military honors at Riverside Cemetery on Route 78. Upon completion of the services, a reception will be held at the Champlain Country Club, Route 7, Swanton.

In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to donate to one of the three scholarship funds for Franklin County residents, Burt and Cel established at the University of Vermont, Champlain College and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). For addresses, please go to

The family would especially like to thank the incredible, professional and caring staff at both the Northwestern Medical Center and Franklin County Rehabilitation Center for helping Burt over these past few weeks.

To send Burt’s family a written expression of sympathy or share a memory, please go to his on-line guest book at
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4:00 PM 5/23/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/23/2018 7:00:00 PM
Heald Funeral Home

87 S. Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Heald Funeral Home
87 S. Main Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

A Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 5/24/2018 11:00:00 AM
Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

65 Canada Street
Swanton, VT 05488

Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
65 Canada Street Swanton 05488 VT
United States

Cemetery Details


Riverside Cemetery, Final Resting Place

North River Street
Swanton, VT 05488

North River Street Swanton 05488 VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Burton & Celia Paquin Scholarship

UVM Foundation
411 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Burton "38" and Celia Paquin Scholarship Fund

Champlain College
P.O. Box 670
Burlington, VT 05402-0670

Paquin Family Technical Scholarship

P.O. Box 2000
Winooski, VT 05404

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