David L. Belisle—Waterbury Roundabout

WORCESTER – David L. Belisle, 80, of Minister Brook Road, died peacefully at his home on Thursday April 7, 2022.

He was born on November 10, 1941 in Randolph, Vermont, the son of Raymond and Viola (Hanchett) Belisle. He attended primary and secondary school in Waterbury.

David served in the United States Air Force, where he was stationed primarily in Texas until his honorable discharge.

On May 16, 1970, he married Sandy Welch. They remained companions for 51 years.

David has held many different jobs over the years including farming, logging and excavation. He worked for the Raphael Lowe Farm in Waterbury and helped with his parents’ horse farm. His main job was at the Vermont Agency of Transportation where he was an equipment operator. David was happiest working with his tractor and chainsaw.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and trained horses. David was a member of American Legion Post #59 in Waterbury. He participated in horse racing in his early years and in snowmobile racing. He loved his dogs, especially Rea, Duke and Harley.

Most important to him was his family. Her son Paul was the light of her life and her grandchildren were her greatest blessing. His grandchildren had an incredible bond with him and loved listening to the many stories he shared with them about his adventures in life and his silly songs.

Survivors include her companion, Sandy Belisle, of Worcester; his son, Paul Belisle and his wife Kris, of Duxbury; beloved grandchildren, Paige, Parker, Hunter, Justin and finance Kerry, Chelsea and fiancé Cherish, Kaitlyn, Kelby (aka Toby) and finance Teddy, Seth and finance Courtney; great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Jayce, Ryder and Cayden; and her siblings, Mary Belisle, of New York, and Raymond Paul Belisle, Jr., of Florida.

David was predeceased by his parents, Raymond Belisle and Viola Hanchett, and his sister Carolyn Belisle.

David will be buried at Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph. A celebration of David’s life will be held at the American Legion in Waterbury on May 7 at 2 p.m., where family and friends are invited to gather and share memories of David’s life.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital in honor of his grandchildren.

Arrangements by Guare & Sons, Barber & Lanier funeral home in Montpellier. Those wishing to express their condolences online may do so at guareandsons.com.

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