Obituaries

Terry L. Quesnel, 59, of Salisbury

SALISBURY — Terry L. Quesnel, 59, fondly referred to as “Uncle Buck,” passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 17, 2020.
Terry, the son of Lorenzo and Anna (Diekel) Quesnel, was raised and lived his entire life on the family farm in Salisbury, Vt. A farm boy at heart he found joy in life’s simplest pleasures. He loved riding his JD tractor or four wheeler, watching the cows calve in the pasture, and spending time with his family and friends. 
As a member of the MUHS Class of ‘78, Terry was very proud, but humbled, by his accomplishments. His work ethic and good hearted personality were recognized by his peers, who chose him as the recipient of the Dory Cup and Co-Captain of his football team. Terry’s love for the game of football was rewarded when he was chosen to represent Vermont in the Vermont/New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. This was not only an honor to him, but he was extremely proud that his family became the first Vermont family to have three brothers participate in the game.
After graduating, Terry married his high school sweetheart Susan (Hamlin) and continued working on the family farm and eventually starting his own business. When he stopped milking cows he started working for Matthew’s Trucking where he could continue his love for farming by spreading manure on so many beautiful farm fields. Even while working long farm hours, football continued to be a big part of his adult life. Terry could often be seen with the neighborhood kids and his children playing football on the barn lawn. He spent over 20 years refereeing Middlebury flag football games with his brother Randy, where he instilled not just the learning of the game, but the love for it. He was also a member of the Chain Gang for the Middlebury College football team for over twenty years, where he loved being a part of the action of the game and half time tailgating with his friends.
In the later years, Terry also developed the love for playing cards. Friends that stopped in for just a minute often found themselves sitting around the dining room table for hours playing “just one more hand.” Terry’s favorite day of the week was Saturday because the “Poker Boys” would get together to play cards. Terry just loved the time he spent with this special group of friends.
Besides his wife, Terry leaves behind three daughters whom he adored and was proud to instill in his work values and the love of family and farming: Samantha Quesnel (Cale Wright) and Cassandra Quesnel of Salisbury and Amanda Gould (Tim Gould) of Shoreham. Often teased for having only daughters, Terry said he didn’t mind one bit, he would just have grandsons, and that he did! Terry loved his title of Daddy Papa to five grandsons: Rielly Wright-Quesnel, Tyreese and Tyson Tucker, and Theodore and Anderson Gould.
He leaves behind his siblings Lorenzo (Amy) Quesnel of Shoreham, Randy (Jean) Quesnel of Salisbury, Dolly Dame of Salisbury, and Tawnya (Jenny) Quesnel of Shoreham. He was so proud of his title of “Uncle Buck” to many nieces and nephews.
Terry was predeceased by his parents and his godson Randy Quesnel Jr. Terry always said he was a millionaire because he was so rich with friends and family. He would not have lived his life any differently and cherished the time he spent being with them and doing the things he loved.
Because of the pandemic, there will be no gathering at this time. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Friends of Middlebury Football.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home.
Online condolences at sandersonfuneralservice.com.◊

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