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Jacob Robert Harton

July 11, 2007 July 11, 2022
Jacob Robert Harton
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Jacob Robert Harton (St. Albans) tragically left this world unexpectedly and far, far too early on July 11, 2022, the day of his 15th birthday.

Jacob was born at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont on July 11, 2007, to Michael and Cheryl Harton of St. Albans. A joy that could never be matched. A light we thought could never be dimmed. Jacob was the center of our world. Our reason for everything we did and would ever do. Jacob, baby there will never be anything in this world that compares to you and certainly nothing will ever fill the emptiness left behind.

Jacob as many have said “could light up the room with his smile.” His bright eyes and infections personality were unforgettable traits. Never to be forgotten. From the time he was born his eyes and smiles would brighten even your darkest days. He had the most loving and generous heart. He had unending empathy and would do anything to help someone else feel better. He hated to see others in pain. As Jacob grew, so did his sense of humor. He had classic slapstick humor and over the top quick wittedness only comparable to his dad.

Jacob was just coming into his own and planning for his future when he was taken from this earth. He had started high school and for the first time was actually looking forward to returning and continuing to learn more about digital media this coming semester. But his real love lay with automobiles. He was in love with all thing’s cars. The louder the better…. but it had to sound just so. He could do anything he set his mind to. He even talked about joining the Air Force after high school and becoming a mechanic. He was looking forward to getting his first job this summer. Getting his drivers permit. He was even wheeling and dealing with his uncle to get his first car. He had an affinity for music and gave the drums a whirl for a while. He loved all music, literally. From the classics, like artists we had plans to see this summer, Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Loverboy. He loved 80’s music, and even country and sang along though he didn’t like to admit it. The first song he knew to sing was “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts from the movie Cars. Which we wore down to nothing watching over and over as a young child. His taste in music changed some as he became a teen into more Rap and heavy bass music but still had a love for gentle lyrics talking of love, friendships, and feelings.

If you were to ask him though, he loved gaming. He aspired to one day be a “Youtuber” and streaming his games live. He most loved playing with friends, especially Peyton Chaplin, his best friend and “brother.” Jacob collected Hot Wheels cars with his dad, much to mom’s chagrin. He enjoyed running his RC cars up and down the road. He rode his bike often. Jake spent many of his younger years playing baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, and racquetball. We were even going to try pickleball this summer. His newest interest was to play more golf and maybe try out at school. Jacob could do anything he set his mind to.

The only word to describe Jacob that fits every mold is LOVE. He emitted love. He cared for everything and everyone. He loved his pets so. His rescue cat Shadow came when Jake was only seven and then he rescued his dog Lucy when he was 11. He most often reminisced of the cat who was here when he came home from the hospital and passed soon after, Sam. He remembered Sam so fondly though only through pictures.

He loved his family with all his heart. Few moments would pass when he did not come over to offer a hug or a random “I love you” from across the room. Those moment will live forever in our hearts.

Jacob is predeceased by his paternal Grandfather, Robert O. Harton in 2011. His paternal Grandfather, Robert R. Letourneau in 2019 and the woman who loved him only as much a mother could, his maternal Grandmother, Enid C. Letourneau in May of 2022.

Jacob is survived by his parents, Michael and Cheryl Harton of St. Albans. His paternal Grandmother, Norma Harton of Essex Junction. His half-brother Michael Robert Smrcka of Hastings, MN, His many aunts, and uncles: Duane Letourneau of Georgia, Kathie and Dan Cooke of Williston, Leslee Herlihy of St. Albans, Jim and Jennifer Harton of Georgia, Jeff Harton of Essex Junction. And his aunts forever Maureen Raeside of Dover, NH, and Kelli Harton of Essex Center.

Jacob is also survived by many great aunts and uncles along with many cousins and second cousins throughout this county.

Jacob’s parents ask that memorials in his name be made to the Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadow, Saint Albans, VT 05478.

Jacob’ family will receive friends from 5:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, July 20th, 2022, at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Thursday, July 21st, 2022, at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 245 Lake Street, St. Albans.

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5:00 PM 7/20/2022 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/20/2022 8:00:00 PM
Heald Funeral Home

87 South Main Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

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

A Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 7/21/2022 11:00:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church

245 Lake Street
Saint Albans, VT 05478

Holy Angels Catholic Church
245 Lake Street Saint Albans 05478 VT
United States

Cemetery Details


Saint Albans Bay Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lake Road
Saint Albans, VT

Lake Road Saint Albans VT
United States

Memorial Contribution

Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadows, Saint Albans, Vermont 05478


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