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Obituary: Leonard W. McDonald, 1943-2017

Leonard W. McDonald
  • Leonard W. McDonald

Leonard W. McDonald of Colchester went home to be with his heavenly Father on December 24, 2017, in the arms of his beloved wife, Emily, at the McClure-Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester.

Leonard owned and operated E & L Siding for 40 years. Leonard loved woodworking and fixing things for folks. His biggest passion in life was fishing. He spent countless hours on Lake Champlain in search of “the big one.”

Leonard is survived by his wife, Emily, and four children: Pierre Dufrense and Melanie of Colchester; Kathy Parrow of Rutland; Brian and Jill Knudson of Brookfield; and Colleen Berg and Bruce of New Brighton, Minn. He was also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanda Shorb, and Jim of Cody, Wyo.; brother Carl McDonald of Cody, Wyo.; several cousins and their families; extended family; and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred McDonald and Doris Brace; his brother Eldridge McDonald; and son Brian Knudson.

The family wishes to that Dr. Nunnink, the VNA Hospice and nurse Heather, and the McClure-Miller Respite House for the wonderful care and compassion he received while in their care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Len's memory to the McClure-Miller Respite House in Colchester or to an animal shelter of your choice.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on January 11, 2018, at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404. A private burial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be shared at

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