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Dr. John A. Vaillancourt

June 23, 1935 — April 28, 2021

SWANTON/SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Dr. John A. Vaillancourt, age 85, a native of Swanton, Vermont, and a resident of San Francisco for the past 40 years, died on April 28, 2021.

Born in St. Albans, Vermont on June 23, 1935, he was the son of the late L. Jules and Clara (Bernardini) Vaillancourt.

John graduated from the former St. Anne's Academy (Swanton) with the class of 1952; in 1956 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. He then attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine and received his MD degree in 1961. He served an internship at the former Philadelphia General Hospital; residency training in Internal Medicine was completed in 1965 at Northwestern and Veterans Administration Hospitals in Chicago. He was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1969 and subsequently was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

In 1965, Dr. Vaillancourt became a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service. His first tour of duty was the Public Health Service Hospital (Marine Hospital), in San Francisco, where he had clinical and research assignments, including that of Chief of Primary Care Department. When that hospital closed in 1981, Dr. Vaillancourt was assigned to the office of the Director of the Division of Heart and Vascular Disease at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland until his retirement from active duty in June 1987. Thereafter he returned to California where he worked as a Disability Evaluation Consultant for the Department of Social Services until his retirement in 2005.

He is survived by his sister, Frances Dolan, of Smithtown, New York and her sons and their families: Terrance of Smithtown, NY, Neal of Toronto, Ont, and Matthew Dolan, of Avon, CT.

He treasured his fellowship with countless AA members on both the East and West Coast and was a member of that fellowship since 1970. The reciprocal bonding with these friends gave meaning to existence and incalculably enriched his life wherever he went.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Anne of the Sunset, San Francisco, on Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 11:30 AM.  John’s Vermont Life Celebration events include a Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Church of the Nativity, 65 Canada Street, Swanton, VT. Interment will immediately follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Swanton, VT.  

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, May 10, 2021

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Church of the Nativity BVM

65 Canada St, Swanton, VT 05488

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St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery

65 Canada St, Swanton, VT 05488

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