- Leonard "Johnny" Mead
Leonard "Johnny" Mead, 90, passed away June 23, 2016, with family by his side at The Arbors in Shelburne. Johnny was born May 19, 1926 in Burlington, VT to Flora (Russell) and Erle Mead, he was the youngest of four children and the sixth generation of Meads' in Vermont. Johnny graduated from Hinesburg High School in 1944 and joined the Navy where he served as a Gunner's Mate on a Liberty Ship in the Pacific theater. His service complete in March 1946, Johnny went into partnership with his sister Eleanor and her husband, Hugh Hart, at the Texaco station, currently known as Hart and Mead and operated by Johnny's sons, Douglas and John. Johnny married his sweetheart Emma Pearl Eddy on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1946. He is survived by his wife Emma and their five children, Douglas (Patti), Erle (Suzy), John (Sally), Carrie (Scott) and Peter (Abby,) twenty-five grandchildren as well as many great and great-great grandchildren. Johnny was predeceased by his parents and three sisters.
Johnny was an avid skier and could be found every Thursday with his ski group at Mad River Glen, where he took his last run at the age of 86. In the spring he hiked and skied Tuckerman's Ravine in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Summer months Johnny enjoyed his time at the family camp on Lake Iroquois. Johnny was a member of the United Church of Hinesburg as well as the Masonic Temple. He volunteered for and supported many local charities.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Arbors for their quality care and compassion during Johnny's time there. The family would also like to recognize the services of the Memory Care Program at Grandway run by the Visiting Nurses Association.
A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Hinesburg on Friday July 15 at 3:00pm followed by a reception at the Osborne Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Johnny's memory to the Hinesburg Food Shelf, the United Church of Hinesburg or a charity of your choice .
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on June 27, 2016