Jean-Noel Plouffe, 91, of Bridport


BRIDPORT — Jean-Noel Plouffe, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at his beloved farm on Route 22A in Bridport.

He was born on July 9, 1930, in Dunham, Quebec, the son of Agenor and Leonne (St. Onge) Plouffe. He studied agriculture at the Agricultural School of Ste. Martine, Quebec. His family moved to Bridport in 1949, and he lived and worked on the family farm on Lake Street. On Sept. 3, 1960, he married his beloved wife, Mary (Burke), at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Orwell. In September 1961, they purchased the former Jackson Farm on Route 22A in Bridport, where they began the Plouffe Family Farm and raised their children.

Jean-Noel was a devout Catholic and lived by God’s word. He was a member of St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, as well as the Knights of Columbus. He was very involved in his community. He was a lifetime member of the Bridport Fire Department, having reported to his last active call at the age of 84. He was a former member of the Town Line First Response. His training served him well, as he was a go-to person for various injuries. He was honored and humbled to serve the people in his community. He was also a longtime member of the Farm Bureau, and was featured in an article in Vermont Fences.

As he entered his retirement, he pursued his passion for sugarmaking. He visited many sugaring operations, read many sugaring articles and attended workshops. He applied that knowledge to his own sugaring operation, where he enjoyed several years producing maple syrup with his family.

He enjoyed listening to fiddling music and often spent Sundays listening to records from the Old Time Fiddlers or attending socials. He was also interested in history, genealogy and watching wrestling. He was known as having a sweet tooth; he loved his desserts, ice cream, and pretty much anything maple.

He is survived by his children, Bernadette (Patrick) Boyle of Tomball, Texas; Marcel Plouffe of Bridport; Lise (Jeffrey) Fifield of Middlebury; Paul (Rebecca) Plouffe of Bridport; and Suzanne Sampson of Paris, Ky.; his grandchildren, Kathryn, Thomas, Kayla, Matilda, Daniel, Eric, Patrick, Pierre, Chelsea, Michael, Melissa, Desiree, Matthew and Beth. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Camille, Aubri, Evelyn, Hadley, Eileen, Renee, Nora, Calvin, Leonne, Robert, Matthew, Adela, Cheyenne, Olivia and Alice. He is also survived by his sister, Aliette Browe of Jericho. In addition, he shared a special relationship with Steven and Sherry Ouellette and their children, Nicole Foster, Aaron Ouellette and Stephanie Pope. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary, in 2017; his son-in-law Brian Sampson; his parents; and siblings Monique Boudreau and Aldee Plouffe.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on May 20, 2022, at 11 a.m., (location to be determined), with the Rev. Luke Austin as the celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Bridport Fire Department or to the Town Line First Response.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at UVM Porter Medical Center, the wonderful staff at Addison County Home Health and Hospice, Jean Morgan and the staff at Shorewell Health for their care and compassion given to our father.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home. Online condolences at◊

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