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Verne Leo McFadzean

November 15, 1944 May 12, 2021
Verne Leo McFadzean
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Alburgh/Georgia - Verne Leo McFadzean (called Fadge by his friends) 76 of Alburgh, VT passed on Wednesday May 12, 2021 at the UVM Medical Center with his loving family at his side. He was born in Newport, VT on November 15, 1944, to James and Ida (Bergeron) McFadzean. He graduated from Derby Academy in 1963 and from Champlain College in 1965 with a degree in Business. At that point he began a 25-year career at General Electric starting in accounting and later in Graphic Design. In 1966 he married his high school sweetheart Shirley Powers of Newport, VT. They purchased their family home of 25 years in Georgia where they raised three beautiful daughters. Upon leaving GE Verne worked as a realtor for Century 21 Jack Associates where he met and later became business partners with John Plante, together creating the much-loved business St. Albans Auction Gallery. After officially retiring Verne and Shirley sold their home in Georgia and became snowbirds in Florida, summering in Alburgh on beautiful Lake Champlain, calling their Vermont home Paradise North. While in Florida Verne again convinced Shirley, they needed to start another business Country Candy, selling at flea markets in Florida and Vermont which eventually led to the Alburgh Flea Market. In his spare time in Florida he enjoyed rehabbing houses with his nephew James.

Verne enjoyed sharing stories of his youth growing up in Derby Line with his big brother Jim, who called faithfully almost every night at 10pm for nearly 60 years. Verne was loyal and sentimental and treasured his many lifelong friendships. Verne enjoyed skiing, basketball, hockey, fishing, boating, hunting camp, playing cards, hot rods, race cars, dirt biking, motorcycle touring, and a deep love of books. He also loved designing and building the many on-going projects for himself as well as others, which he never tired of. Verne was a jack of all trades and could tackle just about any plumbing, electrical or carpentry project. He enjoyed tools and gadgets and a running joke in the family was that Grampa had three of everything. Undoubtedly his greatest passion was spending quality time with his 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Verne was loved by all who met him. He had a knack for making friends with people of all walks of life. His door was always open and it was common to find their home full of family and friends. He was the head of our family and our rock, strong, steady and constant. The one we all turned to for advice and to share exciting news. He was never too busy to lend an ear or helping hand. Verne will be deeply missed and Paradise North will not be the same without hearing his laughter which his family lovingly mimicked. We will also miss hearing the terms of endearment he had for each of his loved ones.

Verne was predeceased by his parents and his brother.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving wife Shirley of 56 years, their three daughters. Julie Terrazzano (#1) of St. Albans, her five children, Garrett, Valerie and her partner Ryan, Abigail, Jenna and her husband Jose and their son Victor of California, and Olivia; daughter Deanna McFadzean (#2) of St. Albans, her son Rick Egrie and his fiancée Shelley and their children Corynn, Brynlie, Rhett and Rowyn; and daughter Kathleen Shedd (#3) and her husband Jay of Fairfax, their two daughters Nichole Fitzpatrick, her son Brantley and fiancé Brock, and their daughter Chloe and her boyfriend Noah.

Verne is also survived by his brother’s wife Nancy McFadzean, their children James, Heather and Kellie, their spouses and their 11 children of Florida and South Carolina. His brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Rachel Powers and their son Scott and his spouse of Florida.

Also left behind are his many endearing friends too numerous to name. Please know we appreciate your love and support. A special thank you to the entire staff at the UVM Medical Center, in particular the McClure 4 ICU team, who went above and beyond in their compassionate care for Verne and our family.

A private Celebration of Life will take place this summer.

Honored to be serving the McFadzean family is the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at

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