Michael Lyman Bessette, formerly of Panton

BURLINGTON — Michael Lyman Bessette of Burlington, Vt., passed away on March 10, 2023.

Michael was born in Vergennes, Vt., on Sept. 10, 1948. He grew up on the family farm in Panton, Vt., where he also attended a one room schoolhouse before graduating from Vergennes Union High School. He later moved to the Burlington area and became a welder. He worked in several machine shops in his life.

Michael is survived by his wife of nearly 45 years, Arline (Stockwell) Bessette, and children Eric Michael Bessette and Eva Maire Bessette; his brothers Andy (Cheryl) and Ron; his brothers-in-law Harland (Karen) and Richard (Anita) Stockwell, and several nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight Sr. and Alice Bessette and brother Dwight Jr.

Michael loved to go camping with his family. Michael’s favorite camping trip was a trip he took in 2004 with his wife out west.

The wake will be in the Reid Booth room at the United Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street in Burlington on March 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary with a reception to follow in fellowship hall. Parking is in the parking garage across the street. Entrance to the garage is on Bank Street.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the United Methodist Church, 21 Buell Street, Burlington, VT. Masks are required at all events.◊


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