Randall M. Quesnel Sr., 66, of Salisbury


SALISBURY — Randy M. Quesnel, 66, died Tuesday afternoon, March 5, 2024, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington after a brief illness.

He was born February 22, 1958, in Middlebury, the son of Lorenzo J. Quesnel and Anna (Diekel) Quesnel.

Randy was a graduate of Middlebury Union High School class of 1976.

He married Jeannie Hamlin on June 27, 1981, in Middlebury.

Survivors are his wife, Jeannie Quesnel, of Salisbury; his children, Virginia Quesnel and partner Stanley “Brown Bear” Salley, of Weybridge and Ricky Quesnel and his partner Bridget Wedge, of Salisbury; former daughter in-law, Alice Quesnel of Orwell; his siblings, Lorenzo Quesnel (Amy), of Shoreham, Tawnya Quesnel (Jenny), of Shoreham, Dolly Dame, of Salisbury and his sister-in-law, Susan Quesnel of Salisbury; brothers-in-law Paul Hamlin of Florida, Bill Hamlin (Jackie) of Idaho and Rob Hamlin (Gwen) of Idaho. Also, his grandchildren, Jackson, Natalie, Caitlin, Ethan, Wilder and Alana.

In his early days, Randy was an avid hunter, trapper and snowmobiler. His love of farming is legendary, working side by side with his sons Randy and Rick. He loved the land. He loved his family and friends and would welcome anyone into his home for a chat or a card game. He had a great crew of special card buddies that he looked forward to seeing on a Saturday nights.

His love of football from high school carried him from championship year to being selected for the Vermont Shrine Team. He and his brother Terry continued their passion by refereeing Middlebury Flag Football for 20 years. Continuing forward is grandson Jackson, whom he was so proud of during his high school career as a Middlebury Tiger Football Captain and will carry on that legacy playing in the 2024 Shrine Bowl Game.

His granddaughters Caitlin and Natalie always kept him on his toes with their spirit and wit. Grandsons Ethan and Wilder who he watched with great joy gathering bales at the Salisbury Farm and little granddaughter Alana whom he oversaw performances of perfecting her cartwheels. Daughter Virginia who he cherished to his last day and Stanley who always checked on him almost daily. Rick, with whom he spent hours of time traveling around the farms and giving guidance.

He cherished his wife Jean for all of their 42 years of marriage. These were all things that brought peace and joy to him.

As a cattle dealer, he met and appreciated so many fellow farmers. A Man who loved life and lived boldly will be greatly missed by many.

He was predeceased by his parents, by his son Randall M. Quesnel Jr. who died July 10, 2018, and by his brother Terry Quesnel, who died May 17, 2020.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Middlebury, with the Rev. Luke Austin officiating.

The Family requests flowers be omitted and memorial contributions be made to Friends of Middlebury Tiger Football, 73 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT 05753.

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


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