In Memoriam

Armand R. Messier

              Armand Messier

June 30, 1926 ~ August 23, 2004

 Longtime Funeral Assistant associated with Kidder Memorial Home.

Obituary: Armand Rene Messier

Dateline: Highgate springs, Vermont

Armand Rene Messier, a life-long resident of Highgate Springs/Swanton, husband of Cheryl (Barney) Messier, passed onto the Lord at his home on Monday, August 23, 2004. Armand was born June 30, 1926, to the late George and Antoinette (Milotte) Messier.

Armand attended Ste. Anne's Academy in Swanton and enlisted in the United States Army during his final year of school. He proudly served in the Central European Theater's 134th Infantry in Germany, France, and Holland. Following his military service he returned to Swanton to complete his studies and graduate from Ste. Anne's Academy in 1948.

For 39 years he lived on his homestead, Country Essence, where he worked endlessly and tirelessly on this labor of love. From this homestead Armand and his wife Cheryl operated Country Essence Bed and Breakfast for the last ten years.

Following his retirement from IBM in 1990 after 25 years of service, Armand became a longtime and faithful funeral assistant with Kidder Memorial Home. In his post retirement years Armand also worked as the Director of Information for the Swanton Chamber of Commerce and most recently for the State of Vermont Department of Travel and Tourism as a greeter at the Georgia Welcome Center. Throughout his years with Kidder Memorial Home and with the information and welcome centers he took great pleasure in greeting the public while enthusiastically performing his duties.

Armand was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, and role model. Armand was a man of compassion and conviction in everything that he did. For Armand, the smallest undertaking was completed beyond perfection. His meticulously manicured lawn and garden were his passion. He loved his home, Country Essence, and his home- grown vegetables and flowers. He spent many quiet winter hours reading about UFO's. During the holidays Armand was known for being an avid baker. We will surely miss his Tourtiere Pies, Cinnamon Rolls and traditional goodies. He enjoyed creating small inventions in his workshop and building his grandchildren's playground. Visits from his grandchildren brought him great joy. Their "papa" will be greatly missed.

Armand was a life-long communicant of the Church of the Nativity. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus Saint Edmund of Canterbury Assembly 7669 and he was an associate of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit.

In addition to his devoted wife, Cheryl, of 36 years, he leaves his loving children, Debora Perez

and her husband Al of Rosebud, Tex., Armanda Bouchard and her husband Edward, of Franklin, Leslie Slavinsky and her husband, Joseph, of Collierville, Tenn., Armand B. Messier and his wife, Gianna, of Swanton; four grandchildren: Renee Yvonne and Paul Jacob Bouchard, Joseph Armand and Elizabeth Mary Slavinsky.

Armand also leaves one brother Charles Messier and his wife Cecile of Manchester, Conn.; his twin sister Armande (Fugie) Daniel, of Swanton; and sisters Madeline and her husband Norbert of Beverly Hills, Fla., Charlotte DeCampos of Manchester, Conn., and Constance Cramer of Dover, Del.; father-in-law George K. Barney; mother-in law Marion Barney; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law David and Daria Biondo, Vance and Margaret Barney, Randy Barney, and Marilyn Barney; and 54 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Paul, Robert, Marcel, and Jean-Jacque Messier; his sister Yvette Livingston; and brother-in law Kermit Barney.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 28, 2004, at 11 a.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 65 Canada Street, Swanton Village. Father Brian J. Cummings, SSE, director of the Office of Campus Ministry at Saint Michael's College will be the celebrant and homilist. Interment with full military honors will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton on Friday, August 27, 2004, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Gifts in Armand's memory may be made to the, Daughters of the Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit Provincial House, 72 Church Street, Putnam, Connecticut 06260 or to the Ursuline Sisters, 81-15 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, New York 11432.