Timothy Allen Poquette, 63, formerly of Starksboro


RIFLE, Colo. — Timothy Allen Poquette, 63, former lifelong resident of Starksboro, Vt., passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center in Rifle, Colo., on Feb. 14, 2023.

Tim was born Nov. 15, 1959, in Burlington, Vt. After graduating from CVU High School in 1977, he joined the Navy. He worked in aviation, assembling bombs, rockets and missiles for airplanes. Tim was a proud veteran and served his country honorably for over 20 years, advancing from petty officer and retiring as staff sergeant in the Vermont National Guard.

After the navy, and while serving in the guard, Tim worked at Dynapower for over 15 years until health issues forced his retirement.

Tim will be remembered fondly as an avid outdoorsman. He loved to share his passion for hunting and shooting and reveled in talking about his travels any chance he got with family and friends. He had quite an amusing sense of humor and often he’d pull his brandy out of his hunting boot to “discreetly” enjoy a sip, as if no one knew he had hidden it there.

He was a loving family man and cared deeply for his siblings, often referring to them as his best friends. Tim’s relationship with his siblings grew greater especially during his retirement years, adventuring with William and Tammy Poquette and Brad and Tammy Bothwell. Together, he and his siblings made the best memories his kids can remember him having in a very long time. Prior to moving to Colorado, Tim vastly enjoyed spending quality time in Starksboro with his younger brother Randy Poquette.

Tim was predeceased his parents, Francis and Barbara Poquette; his brother, Jeffrey Poquette; and most recently, the love of his life, Tammy Poquette (Ratta). Tim and Tammy lived a full life together and stood by each other no matter what challenges dealt them — they were a team.

Tim had various health issues that contributed to his passing. Even though the last year was incredibly difficult, each day he greeted every visitor with a smile, and his middle finger, his own way of showing his carefree and fun personality, even on his toughest days.

Tim also leaves behind four children, Francis Poquette, Heather and (Josh) Verret, Cody and (Taress) Poquette, and Shauntell and (Cody) Barnum. In addition, he leaves eight beautiful grandchildren, whom he referred to as the “light of his life,” Hunter, Tanner, and Cayden Poquette, Kellen Verret, McKenzie and Wade Poquette, and Mylah and Garrison Barnum. Tim also leaves behind several strong and loving supportive family members and two special aunts, Aunt Marsha Davis and Aunt Connie Hanson, who took him under their wing after Tim’s parents passed away.

A private memorial service with military honors will be held for family and friends on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 9 a.m., at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 487 Furnace Rd, Randolph Center, Vt. A celebration of life reception for all will follow from noon-2 p.m. at the Middlebury VFW, 530 Exchange Street, Middlebury, Vt. ◊


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