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James Matthew Cleary

October 28, 1931 December 4, 2012
James Matthew Cleary
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Fairfax: James M. Cleary, 81, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his wife of 53 years, Judith (Soule) Cleary and his loving family on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. He was born October 28, 1931 in Syracuse, NY, son of John T. and Anna (O’Brien) Cleary. Jim served the State of Vermont in various capacities, first with Department of Forest and Parks, then with the Agency of Transportation and Highway and retired as a Vermont ADAD Counselor. He was also a member of the Vermont State Employee Association. Jim and Judy owned and operated “Cleary’s Clutter” Antique Shop for thirteen years. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Copley Country Club in Morrisville, Champlain County Club in St. Albans and the Enosburg Country Club. He enjoyed shooting and was part of the “Just For Fun” shooting group in Fletcher and the Underhill Rod and Gun Club and was a member of S.A.S.S. and the “Dalton Gang”, where he was known as “Cloverleaf Jim”. Jim was a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corp, serving his country in the Korean Conflict, where he became a recipient of the Purple Heart. His tank was the last one out of the Chosin Reservoir. He was a member of Mt. Mansfield Post 35 American Legion where he served as Sergeant at Arms. He enjoyed his walk with Dr. Bob and Bill W. for 48 years and encouraged and sponsored many others on the same path. Jim enjoyed golfing, woodworking and collecting John Deere toy tractors. For many years he served as a lay reader for the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Jim met his wife Judy at Lake Luzerne Dude Ranch and they eloped on July 4th, 1959. He is survived by his children and their families. Kathleen “Kate” Lennen and her husband Joel and their children J.P., Dillon, Kerry and Molly of Mars, PA; Jill Cleary Mackey of Addison and her children Hunter and his fiancée, Samantha Estesse of Lowell, VT, J.J., Nico and Montana Mackey of Addison; Thomas Cleary and his wife Kimberly and their daughters, Devin and Abigail of Pembroke, NH; and Ted Cleary and his daughter Katie of Sheldon, VT. He is also survived by his former son-in-law, Ric Mackey of Middlebury and his former daughter-in-law, Stephanie Cleary of Sheldon, nieces and nephews, Jesse Soule, David Garlock, Rick Cleary, Mary Chris Cleary, Ann Cleary Myers and Pamela Garlock Dellow. He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, John T Cleary, Jr., Richard E. Cleary and Ellen Garlock, his in-laws, Horace W. and Charlotte Soule and his brother-in-law, Peter D. Soule. Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 7, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Grace Episcopal Church, Pleasant Street, Sheldon, VT. Memorial contributions may be made to be made either to Franklin County Home Health, 3 Home Health Circle, St. Albans, VT 05478 or to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P.O. Box 459, So. Hero, VT 05486 Private messages of condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com

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