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Guy Martin Vanzo

Saint Albans, Vermont

April 29, 2024

Guy Martin Vanzo Obituary

Guy Martin Vanzo, of Westford, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 29th in Paris, France. He was embarking on a pilgrimage with his wife Barbara to Fatima and Santiago de Compostela walking the Way of Saint James, stopping to pick up their son James in Paris along the way. This pilgrimage tied together the three most important pillars of Guy’s life: faith, family, and the outdoors. His last mass was at the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, Paris, a name which recalled his childhood parish and school of the Sacred Heart in Highland Falls, New York, where he grew up with his parents, four sisters, and extended family.


Guy attended SUNY Albany, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, after which he completed an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. He met Barbara, his future wife and the love of his life, at SUNY Albany in 1978. The two married in 1981 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Granville, New York. In 1982, Guy began working for IBM in East Fishkill, New York. In 1993, he transferred to the plant in Essex Junction, Vermont, where he worked until 2019, retiring with the title of Staff Engineer and a patent to his name. During this time, he and Barbara raised their six children in Westford.


Guy was a devout Catholic, and Christianity was a guiding principle of his life. He attended Saint Luke Church in Fairfax, Vermont, participating actively in parish life and devoting years of service as a religious education teacher. He had a well-developed knowledge of Scripture and Catholic teachings and never ceased to deepen his understanding. He led by example.


Guy was extraordinarily dedicated to his family. He was a steadfast presence to his wife, children, and grandchildren for whom he was like an oak tree. He supported them in all of their endeavors, taking active interest in each of their pursuits.


Guy loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were: summers at the rustic family camp on Sebec Lake in Maine; participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as Cubmaster and Troop Leader; sugaring his property; and going on countless hikes both locally and in places as far flung as New Mexico, Washington, and northern Italy. Sitting around a bonfire with family and friends was his favorite way to relax. He had a passion for collecting, tracking, and reporting data about the natural world. He dedicated many years to the creation and maintenance of a family ice rink, which he took great pleasure in seeing family, friends, and community using. This February, his years of meticulous effort were rewarded when the rink was used to host the unofficial Westford Broomball Tournament when the town rink was not able to host.


Guy was preceded in death by his father Alfred, his mother Charlotte, and his grandson Howell Campbell. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his children James Vanzo, Mary (David) Chevalier, Bridget (David) Campbell, Martin (Emily) Vanzo, Thomas Vanzo, and Sean Paul Vanzo; his grandchildren August and Leonie Chevalier, Ivy, Louis, and Georgia Campbell; and sisters Regina (Mark) Fiorentino, Laura (Jeffrey) Marmor, Amy Vanzo, and Allison (James) Skoog.


Those wishing to make a donation in his memory can do so to the Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Road, Fairfax, VT 05454.


Guy’s family will receive friends and family in the comfort of their home in Westford, Vermont, on Monday, May 20, 2024, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 11:00AM, at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Road, Fairfax, VT 05454. Prayers of committal will follow at the Saint Luke Cemetery.


Honored to be serving the Vanzo family is Rett Heald of the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.





To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Guy Martin Vanzo hosted by Heald Funeral Home.

Guy Martin Vanzo, of Westford, Vermont, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 29th in Paris, France. He was embarking on a pilgrimage with his wife Barbara to Fatima and Santiago de Compostela walking the Way of Saint James, stopping to pick up their son James in Paris along the way. This pilgrimage tied together the three most important pillars of Guy’s life: faith, family, and the outdoors. His last mass was at the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre, Paris, a name which recalled his childhood parish and school of the Sacred Heart in Highland Falls, New York, where he grew up with his parents, four sisters, and extended family.


Guy attended SUNY Albany, graduating in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, after which he completed an Associate Degree in Electrical Technology from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. He met Barbara, his future wife and the love of his life, at SUNY Albany in 1978. The two married in 1981 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Middle Granville, New York. In 1982, Guy began working for IBM in East Fishkill, New York. In 1993, he transferred to the plant in Essex Junction, Vermont, where he worked until 2019, retiring with the title of Staff Engineer and a patent to his name. During this time, he and Barbara raised their six children in Westford.


Guy was a devout Catholic, and Christianity was a guiding principle of his life. He attended Saint Luke Church in Fairfax, Vermont, participating actively in parish life and devoting years of service as a religious education teacher. He had a well-developed knowledge of Scripture and Catholic teachings and never ceased to deepen his understanding. He led by example.


Guy was extraordinarily dedicated to his family. He was a steadfast presence to his wife, children, and grandchildren for whom he was like an oak tree. He supported them in all of their endeavors, taking active interest in each of their pursuits.


Guy loved the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities were: summers at the rustic family camp on Sebec Lake in Maine; participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as Cubmaster and Troop Leader; sugaring his property; and going on countless hikes both locally and in places as far flung as New Mexico, Washington, and northern Italy. Sitting around a bonfire with family and friends was his favorite way to relax. He had a passion for collecting, tracking, and reporting data about the natural world. He dedicated many years to the creation and maintenance of a family ice rink, which he took great pleasure in seeing family, friends, and community using. This February, his years of meticulous effort were rewarded when the rink was used to host the unofficial Westford Broomball Tournament when the town rink was not able to host.


Guy was preceded in death by his father Alfred, his mother Charlotte, and his grandson Howell Campbell. He is survived by his wife Barbara; his children James Vanzo, Mary (David) Chevalier, Bridget (David) Campbell, Martin (Emily) Vanzo, Thomas Vanzo, and Sean Paul Vanzo; his grandchildren August and Leonie Chevalier, Ivy, Louis, and Georgia Campbell; and sisters Regina (Mark) Fiorentino, Laura (Jeffrey) Marmor, Amy Vanzo, and Allison (James) Skoog.


Those wishing to make a donation in his memory can do so to the Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Road, Fairfax, VT 05454.


Guy’s family will receive friends and family in the comfort of their home in Westford, Vermont, on Monday, May 20, 2024, from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 11:00AM, at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 17 Huntville Road, Fairfax, VT 05454. Prayers of committal will follow at the Saint Luke Cemetery.


Honored to be serving the Vanzo family is Rett Heald of the Heald Funeral Home, where messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.





To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Guy Martin Vanzo hosted by Heald Funeral Home.

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