John William Lemire RUTLAND — John William Lemire, 63, died Sunday, June 21, 2020, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born on March 29, 1957, in Springfield the son of Raymond and Eva (Gosslin) Lemire. Mr. Lemire grew up in Springfield, where he graduated from high school in 1975. He relocated to Rutland in 1978 and married Kathy Donahue on July 23, 1983. Mr. Lemire was employed as a merchandiser at Coca Cola for more than 40 years until his retirement. He enjoyed music, being with his family and during his retirement he “learned to enjoy gardening." Survivors include his wife Kathy Lemire of Rutland; two sons Zachary Lemire of Rutland and Michael Lemire and his wife Victoria of Niceville, Florida; six sisters, Shirley Cichonowicz of Springfield; Carol Ruse of Maine; Linda Corliss of Brattleboro; Nancy Basile and Susan Currier both of West Rutland; and Cathy White of Rutland; a brother, Ray Lemire of New Hampshire; a granddaughter, Eva Lemire; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1984; his mother in 2007; and a sister Jean Lemire in 2008. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Aldous Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.

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Kathy, Zachary, Michael, Victoria and Eva ~

Our hearts are breaking for all of you over the loss of our John. He fought such a tough battle, with all of you by his side throughout it. Your love and devotion to him helped him to fight with so much bravery and determination, he was an inspiration to us all.

Kathy ~ You and John had such a beautiful love story. Your love for each other was always so obvious, you were inseparable. Life without John will be tough for you, but like you said,“John made you a strong woman”, he will be so proud of you. He will always be right by your side.

Zachary and Michael ~ Your Dad loved you two so much, you were always his proudest accomplishments. Your dedication to your Dad, right up until the end, was so special to him. He knows that you will be there for your Mom to help her through the tough days ahead. We are so proud to have you two to carry on the Lemire name!

Victoria ~ You were very special to John, and still are to Kathy. You always made them feel so comfortable when they were with you. When we would talk to John about you, he would always comment about what a great Mom you are. Of course, Michael, you learned from a great man how to be a loving Dad.

Eva ~ You will always be the shining star in your Grandpa’s life. Whenever anyone would run into him, he was always anxious to pull out his phone and share his pictures of you. The two of you have been robbed of the opportunity to have many years together, but with the help of your Mom and Dad, your grandmother and Uncle, plus all of your Grandpa’s loving family, you will grow up being told all the amazing stories about him, and what a great guy he was. He will never be far from your side, you will have your own Guardian Angel watching over you always.

As for myself, my heart is broken, I absolutely adored John. I could never have asked for a better brother. I will love him and miss him forever.

The world has lost a great man!!!

Rest In Peace John


Forgot to add to all of you that we love you all and are here for you!


Steve and Cathy/Uncle Steve and Aunt Cathy

Susan Currier

The feelings that are in my heart are so difficult to put into words; I can’t imagine a world without you John. You’re absolutely everything a brother should be and I’ll hold you in my heart forever. Thank you for always caring about me, thank you for always being here for me but most of all, thank you for being you.

Rest In Peace my dear brother and know that I’ll hold my beautiful memories of you in my heart always. I love and miss you John.

Your heartbroken sister,


Nancy Basile

I am at such a loss since we lost you John. You were such a dear brother who was always so easy to love.

I will hold dear in my memories your voice and quiet chuckle and the "special" gifts from you that you knew how much we loved.

I am so happy for you that you knew a life with the love of a wife, children and a granddaughter and they will carry on who you were.

Rest In Peace you are so loved and missed and will be forever.

Always your sister Nancy

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