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Co-founder and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools Passes Away

January 29, 2009
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Norman Leduc


BURLINGTON, MA - Norman C. Leduc, 67, died Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2009, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, with loving family at his side.

Born in Saint Albans, VT, on, April 14, 1941, he was the son of the late John and Doris (Menard) Leduc. He attended Saint Albans schools and on January 26, 1963 was married to the former Cecile Bechard who predeceased him on, January 17, 1988. He faithfully served his country in the Vermont Air National Guard receiving his honorable discharge on October 16, 1965.

Norm was the co-founder and CEO of Vermont Precision Tools in Swanton, VT, as well as its subsidiary, Vermont Thread Gage, located in Franklin, KY. In 1985 Norm along with his wife, Cecile also became the owners of the former Pines Restaurant in Highgate Springs, which they operated until after her death in 1988.

An active and dedicated member of the Swanton community, Norm was a member of the Swanton Chamber of Commerce and served as secretary, vice-president and president for six years and was awarded the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award in 1989. He was a member of the Swanton Summer Festival Committee serving as treasurer for three years and general chairperson for four years. Other memberships included the Swanton Board of Civil Authority, Missisquoi Valley Union High School Board and The Republican Town Committee where he also served as vice-chair and chairperson and in 1988 was appointed as a delegate to the Vermont State Convention.

Norm will be remembered as a devoted and faithful parishioner of The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He was an usher for many years, served several years as chairperson of the parish council and was a member of both the stewardship and finance committees. He was also instrumental in fundraising for the Nativity Parish Center Roof Fund.

Norm was a founding and charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Saint Edmund of Canterbury Council 7669 and Fourth Degree member of Assembly 2207 both of Swanton. He served over the years as Trustee, Recorder, Deputy Grand Knight, Grand Knight and State District Deputy. He was elected as a delegate to the 1986 National Convention as well as State Warden for the Jurisdiction of Vermont.

His professional memberships included the, American Powder Metal Metallury Institute, Associated Industries of Vermont and American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association serving as director and president. He was also a director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corp.

Norm is survived by three sons and their spouses, Christopher Leduc and Arthur Pilon of Fairfield, Patrick and Lisa Leduc of S. Burlington and Marc and Racheal Leduc of Thornton, Colorado; two daughters and their husbands, Monica and Craig Greene of Alburgh and Suzanne and Roger Ladieu of Swanton; two brothers and their wives, Michael and Joan Leduc of Swanton and David and Moira Leduc of St. Albans; 10 grandchildren, Courtney Lynne Greene, Tyler John Greene, Anastasia Marie Nichols, Cody Alan Livingston, Rachael Kelly Leduc, Faith Cecile Leduc, Kennedei Lee Rose Leduc, Raeann Ezra Zaborski, Forrester Clay Leduc and Grace Francis Leduc. He also leaves his business partners, Richard Paquette and John Gehret III and his best friend Jim Gregory.

As a Swanton resident Norm has exhibited leadership, involvement and commitment to the many organizations and public offices that was associated with. He has made an outstanding effort to make Swanton a better place to live and work. His family has always been his strength and support has always come first with him.

Gifts in Norm’s memory may be made to a scholarship fund that is being established with the Knights of Columbus, Saint Edmund of Canterbury Council 7669, in care of Leon Berthiaume, Stearns Court, Swanton, VT 05488. To offer private online condolences please visit: www.kiddermemorialhome.com

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