Paul Joppe-Mercure, 69, of South Burlington, VT passed away peacefully on August 26, 2016 at home, surrounded by his loving family.
Paul was born on March 4, 1947 in Dover, NJ of Everett and Sara (Castaldi) Mercure. He is an alumni of Saint Michael’s College; he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in 1969 and later earned his Masters in Education. On August 14, 1976 he married Ann Joppe in East Grand Rapids, MI. Paul was a Biology and Physics teacher at Burlington High School for 33 years before retiring in 2002.
Paul was a kind, honest, and humble man. He was a devoted husband, father, and son, and deeply enjoyed caring for his wife and daughters, and later, his parents. He was a dedicated teacher, trusted mentor, and coach, and was dearly loved by his students throughout his career. He was known by all for his lighthearted sense of humor and the happiness he shared. He lived his life in service to those around him.
He is survived by his true partner and wife of 40 years, Ann, his daughters Beth Dezon-Gaillard and her husband Patrice of Jericho, VT, and Kris Joppe-Mercure of South Burlington, VT, his grandsons, Adrien and Matteo Dezon-Gaillard, his brothers Thomas Mercure and his wife Terry of Hudson Falls, NY, and Gerry Mercure and his wife Shawn of Foot Hill Ranch, CA, his brother in law Peter Joppe and his wife Joyce of Shelburne Falls, MA, his sister in law Janet Halpin and her husband Peter of Vergennes, VT, his dear friend and neighbor, John Shepard and his wife Jean, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Sara.
A memorial mass will be held at 11am on Saturday September 10, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church at 3 St. Peter Street in Winooski, VT. Monsignor Richard G. Lavalley will be officiating. A reception will follow at Saint Michael’s College. The family will hold a private burial service. Memorial donations can be made to The United Way of Northwest Vermont, 412 Farrell Street, Suite 200, South Burlington, VT 05403, or unitedwaynwvt.org.
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