David “Dave” Charles Quesnel, 72, of Monkton


MONKTON — Dave Quesnel died on March 22, 2022, after a courageous battle with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 

He is pre-deceased by his parents, John Louis Quesnel and Anita Berger Quesnel of Barefoot Bay, Fla. Dave is survived by his sister Linda Mathews and her husband, Matt, of Riverview, Fla.; his wife, Kathleen (Kathy) Rawson Quesnel of nearly 33 years; his daughter, Laura Quesnel Byrne (and husband Jim Krebs) of Towson, Md.; his son, Doug Quesnel (and wife Dee) of Huntington, Vt.; two stepchildren, Dr. Rebecca Joyce (and Dr. Stephen) of Richmond, Vt., and Christopher Moultroup (and Melissa) of Weare, N.H.; and six grandchildren: Skylar Quesnel, Leo, Augustine and Rose Joyce, and Belle and Reed Moultroup. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and close family and friends in Vermont, Maryland, New Hampshire, Florida, Pennsyvania and Utah.

Dave was born on Jan. 13, 1950, in Burlington, Vt. He graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1968 and attended Johnson State College.  Dave began an extensive career (32.5 years) at Goodrich Corporation, a.k.a. Simmonds Precision, in 1985 located in Vergennes, Vt. Dave had a strong passion for working with people, providing excellent customer service, and executing timely and efficient results.

Shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, Dave left Goodrich Corporation. He later utilized his extensive facility management experience in working for Aquilent, Inc., which specialized in web design and development for the Federal Government and other Agencies in the D.C. area. Dave retired from Aquilent and the family relocated back to Vermont in July 2015.

Dave loved sports! He was an avid New York Yankees fan and looked forward to their spring training and seasonal baseball games. He also enjoyed football (NY Giants) and professional golf.  Dave was a great chef, and his delicious meals were thoroughly enjoyed on several occasions by his family and friends. He also loved and trained the family golden retrievers.

One of Dave’s biggest lifetime accomplishments with his son Doug and best friends John Quesnel and Kevin Brooks was his hand-hewn built log cabin located in Westford, Vt. The cabin was constructed with only a chain saw and a desire to build a getaway camp on a piece of Kathy’s family land — 40 acres and a 20-minute walk from the header to the cabin. Dave wrote about the construction of his rustic cabin and then delivered a presentation on “How to Build A Log Cabin” to the staff and “Project” attendees at Middlebury’s Elderly Services in July 2019, one year following his unexpected Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Dave was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a deep appreciation of music gleaned from his mother and grandmother. Skilled on piano, guitar and trumpet, he passed his passion for music on to his daughter Laura, who is an accomplished professional flutist of classical and Irish traditional music.

Visiting hours for Dave will be held on Tuesday, March 29, from 6-8 p.m., at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home, 48 South Maple Street, Vergennes, VT 05491. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 1 p.m., at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 S. Maple Street, Vergennes, VT 05491. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. 

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