Edmond M. Little
Surrounded by his family, Edmond M. Little, 71, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at his home in Jericho, Vermont after a long and courageous battle with ALS.
Edmond was born on February 22, 1948 in Burlington, VT. He spent his formative years in Burlington, attending city schools and graduating from Rice High School.
Following graduation, Edmond served his country in the Vietnam War. Upon his safe return to his home shores, he joined the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked for over 40 years. In 1976, he married Marianna VanBuskirk and welcomed her two daughters into his life, raising them as if they were his own with a deep and abiding love whose only equal was that which they returned to him.
Edmond was a man of many talents. Chief among them were woodworking and clock-making, two of his greatest joys. Yet as happy as he was surrounded by his tools and engaged in the arts of building and creating, he was also a great lover of the natural world. The sound of falling rain on the porch roof would always draw him out from wherever he was for one of the many moments of appreciation for simple beauty that marked his days.
Edmond’s friends and family knew him as a skilled conversationalist, someone always eager and eminently able to engage in talk both large and small about very nearly anything under the sun. No matter the topic, his quick wit and soft-spoken intellect were always ready with the perfect quip or a perceptive insight culled from an interesting life and quite often both at once.
Those who knew him even slightly will miss all of this and more than can possibly be counted. But most of all, they will miss his cheerful approach to life and his refusal to surrender to adversity. Indeed, even in his most challenging moments, Edmond never lost his positive attitude nor his capacity for joy. Four years into his diagnosis and despite its often devastating circumstances, he told us all that he remained happy to be alive.
It was in moments like this that Edmond taught us all to appreciate each and every one we ourselves are given. A month before his passing, he shared a final piece of wisdom with those around him. “My philosophy of a life is a simple one,” he said. “Do good. Work hard. And have fun.”
Edmond is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anna; his daughter, Stacey Mailloux, her husband, Mark, and his beloved grandchildren Emily, Nathaniel, and Noah of Kingston, NH; and his daughter, Krista Hamel of Essex Junction, VT. He is also survived by his brother Anthony; his brother Joseph and his wife Charlotte; his brother Phillip and his wife Janine; and several nieces and nephews. He is profoundly missed by all and will be held forever in our hearts.
The family would like to extend their boundless gratitude to the wonderful supportive teams who surrounded him with loving care during his final days: the UVM ALS Clinic, UVM Home Health and Hospice, TLC Homecare Services, the Veteran’s Association, and Wheelpad L3C. We also send our deepest and most heartfelt appreciation to all of our dear family members and close friends who have filled both our hearts and Edmond’s with so much love during this time. These are gifts we will cherish always, and we want you to know that Edmond did as well.
In lieu of flowers or other expressions of condolence, the family requests donations to the ALS Association, www.alsa.org.
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