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Frank Joseph Vaillancourt

July 21, 1931 ~ November 27, 2021 (age 90)


Marshfield- Frank Vaillancourt passed away at his home on November 27, 2021 after a 10 year battle with JAK2 Disease, a rare blood cancer.

He was born in Whatley, Massachusetts to Frank and Mary (Savoiy) Vaillancourt on July 21, 1931. He attended school in Cummington, Massachusetts and after graduating in 1949 Frank attended a Massachusetts school of radio and television in Boston, took up welding, worked in the shipyards, and obtained his certification to work on boilers. He loved children and always told them to “get a good education and it will serve you well.”

Frank was drafted by the Army in 1951 serving in combat during the Korean War until 1953 when he returned to the United States. He later married Dorothy Hillinbrand in 1955 with whom he had six children; Frank Jr., David, Linda, Diane, Cheryl and Sandy.  He married a second time to Jeanne Leonard in 1974 and his son James was born. Frank would go on to marry Katherine Joyal Brown from Marshfield, VT in 1989 while he was working at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, VT as a watch engineer where he stayed until retirement in 2006 when he underwent a heart surgery involving valve replacements in Massachusetts. 

Following retirement, Frank and Katherine moved to her home in Marshfield, VT.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed fixing antique radios and cars, often sharing his love of antique cars with his friend, Matt Maya.  He would travel to Crown Point, NY to spend hours fishing and enjoyed taking his grandson, Stephen Luce and Michelle Brown and anyone else wishing to go with him.  Frank was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Montpelier, VT as well as the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Brattleboro, VT and the Jacque Joyal Family Reunion in VT.

Frank is survived by his wife, Katherine, his children; Frank Jr., Linda, Diane, Cheryl, Sandy, and James, his stepchildren; Joanne Luce, Elton, Jill, and Claire Brown as well as his niece, Frances Cordi from Agawam, MA and his dear friend, Kenny Emery of Chester, MA.  He also leaves behind half-sisters, Marge Bushey and Evelyn Cordi.

He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Frances who died at 6 months, his son, David, and stepson, Russell Brown.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Church of God of Prophecy in Marshfield, VT. Arrangements are under the direction of the des Groseilliers Funeral Home in Hardwick, VT.  Memories and condolences are welcome at

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Memorial Service
December 11, 2021

12:00 PM
East Calais, Fairview Cemetery, Marshfield Road

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