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SWANTON – Larry “L P” Peter Paxman, age 83, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 29, 2022, surrounded by his family.
Larry was born on October 9, 1938, the son of the late K. Peter and Rolande (Menard) Paxman. Larry graduated from St. Anne’s Academy in 1957. He enlisted in the US Navy and proudly served his country from 1957-1961 onboard the USS Boston, having achieved the rank of E-5 at the time of his discharge. After the Navy, Larry started his career with Ayerst Labs, moving on to the former Kerbs Hospital where he met, and married, Patricia Church on April 24, 1965. Over the years, belonging to Local 693, he was employed by Ouellette Plumbing, GE, Champlain Plumbing and R.L. Vallee, retiring in 1998. At the time of his retirement, he held licenses in plumbing and electrical.
Larry was a long-time member of the VFW Post 778 (Post Advocate 1993-2001), American Legion Post 1 and Elks Lodge #1566. He was Past Commander of the St. Albans Post 758 VFW from 1980-1982 and State District 4 Commander from 1982-1983.
Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia and five children; Adam of Swanton, Jay of Key West, FL, Ethan of Swanton, Julie (Trevor Bennett) of Yonkers, NY, and Sarah (John) Bean of Swanton. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Jasmine Paxman-Bennett, Alexandria Paxman, Hunter Bean, and Mason (Erika) Bean, two great-granddaughters, Vaida and Evelynn Bean; as well as sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Robert Hayden; sister-in-law Diane Paxman, Judy Paxman, Berna Paxman and several nieces and nephews, and long-time friends Brian & Lynn Savage.
Larry is predeceased by his parents, his brother John, as well as his aunt, Florabelle Menard, and uncle, Wesley Menard (his running mate for many years).
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Franklin County Home Heath (Heather Hughes and Sheree Martel), as well as Goss Funeral Services, for the care of their father.
In respecting Larry’s wishes, there will be no public services.
A life celebration will be held at the VFW Post 778 in Swanton on Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in Larry’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, 120 First St. Swanton, VT 05488 or Silver Towers, C/O Brian Gaura (Secretary), 241 Lincoln Ave, Rutland, VT 05702.
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