Claire R. Irish

January 11, 2020


Claire R. Irish

Williston, VT


Claire Regina (Patrie) Irish, 92, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2020. She was the daughter of Raymond Patrie and Marie (Lord) Patrie Bessette. 


Claire was selfless with her time and love for her family. She enjoyed dancing at parties and get-togethers. Claire loved decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas. She was known for her great sense of humor. Claire radiated kindness and went out of her way to help others and formed many deep bonds of friendship.  She was a true lover of all kinds of animals.   


Claire married her best friend and love of her life Walter Irish on April 7, 1945.  Together they made many happy memories.


She worked in the kitchen of Burlington High School and IBM.


Left behind to cherish Claire’s memory are her daughter Judy Gilmond, son Ken Irish and his wife Valerie, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are her dearly loved sister and brother-in-law Janice and Wayne Duprey, a dear friend Sandy who was like a sister to Claire, friends Richard Goodrich, Carl and Donna, and Robert and Ann who were good to her.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.


Claire was predeceased by her husband, Walter, brother Edmond Patrie, sisters Lucille Ringer,

Elaine Rice, and son-in-law Leroy Gilmond.


Visiting hours will be on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Corbin and Palmer Funeral Chapel, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT. 


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Chittenden County, 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, VT  05403.  

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Visiting hours
January 17, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Corbin & Palmer Funeral Home
9 Pleasant Street
Essex, VT 05452

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