FUNERAL HELD: William Earl Fournier

DATELINE: Swanton, Vermont


The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, February 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. from The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pastor, Father Luke P. Austin was the principle celebrant and homilist. Concelebrating was, Father Brian J. Cummings, SSE, Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Michael’s College and Spiritual Director of Saint Anne’s Shrine. Eugene LaBombard and Cleo Yandow served as Ministers of the Altar. Music was provided by soloist and guitarist, Gail Perras with special music by, Molly Rhening. 


The White Funeral Pall was draped over William’s casket by his father, Earl Fournier and brother-in-law, Jason Calhoun. The Crucifix was then placed by his mother, Susan Fournier and brother, David Fournier. Special Words of Remembrance were shared by William’s professor at the Vermont Technical College, Doctor Christopher Dalton. Scripture readings from The Old and New Testament were proclaimed by Emily Fournier, Anatashia Nichols and Molly Rhening. The Offertory Gifts were presented by, Little Ray and Eli Calhoun.


Among the large delegations in attendance were representatives from the, Vermont Senate and House of Representatives, Swanton Town and Village Offices, Isle La Motte Town Offices, Rene Fournier Farm Equipment, Warren Fournier Home Improvement Center, Organic Valley, Aubuchon Hardware, Watershed Alliance, The Parts Store, G. Boucher Fertilizer, Harvest Equipment, O.C. McCuin & Sons, Northwest Orthopedics, Mary S. Babcock and Swanton Central Schools, Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union School Board Administration and Staff, Early Childhood Programs, Dupuis & Son, Kilbury Construction, Champlain Valley Equipment, E.J. Barrette & Son, Franklin County Bookmobile, Swanton Historical Society, Champlain Housing Trust, Swanton Rexall, Neil Speer Construction, Office of Attorney George Spear, Northwestern Medical Center, Shaggy’s Snack Bar, Swanton Village Enhancement Committee, University of Vermont Extension Service, Carman Brook Farm, Hannaford Supermarket, The Allen Agency, Chevalier Drilling, Tuttle’s Trucking, Local Avon Representatives, Office of Doctor Milton Robison, Desorcie’s Store, Fairfax Pharmacy, Ste. Marie’s Market, The Peoples Trust Company, Campbell Bay Campground, Vermont Technical College, Grand Isle County Sheriff’s Department and the parish communities of Nativity-Saint Louis and Saint Joseph’s Mission of Isle La Motte.


Interment followed at the Fournier family lot in the West Swanton Cemetery with Father Austin reading the committal prayers. The bearers were, Ben Fournier, Peter Flanagan, Caleb Letourneau, Charlie Grennon, Andre Stefaniak and Joseph Fournier.   


Following the liturgy a reception was held for family and friends at the Nativity Parish Center hosted by, Mrs. Theresa Begnoche and the Nativity Ladies of Saint Anne.


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