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James F. McDonough


James F. McDonough, Moretown, 49, left to join his beloved mother and sister on February 9, 2007. He was born October 14, 1957, in Poughkeepsie, NY. He moved to Burlington with his family in 1965 and has resided in Moretown for the last 35 years.

He graduated from the Green Mountain School in Montpelier and subsequently joined Washington County Mental Health Services. He became part of a WCMHS work crew that provided support services to the Ben & Jerry's ice cream plant in Waterbury and remained on that crew for almost 19 years.

His working on the seconds line and the social interaction with the people at Ben & Jerry's, especially in the "break room," was his life. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed bowling, shooting pool, the golf driving range and just spending time with his friends and family. Jim is predeceased by his mother, Dorothea, and his sister, Michelle. He is survived by his father, Dave; his sisters, Cheryl McDonough, Patricia Gillespie and her daughters, Nicole Pfende and her husband Kelvin, and Erin Gillespie, Kathleen Sagendorf and her husband Richard with their children, Erika Sagendorf, Amanda Cady and her husband Brian and son Jonathan Sagendorf; his brother Charlie McDonough and his wife Heidi with their children, Patrick McDonough, his wife Kara and their daughter Maggie; Sean McDonough, Laura McDonough and Megan McDonough and his late sister Michelle's children, Brian Dower and his wife Gerelin and their sons Paul, Liam and Finnegan; Kelly Kszywienski and her husband Matt and their daughter Samantha; Patrick Dower and Jessica Dower.

A Mass was offered Tuesday, February 13, starting at 11 a.m. in St. Augustine Church in Montpelier. Refreshments followed after Mass. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to either the Central Vermont Association for Retarded Citizens or Washington County Mental Health Services. For those who would like to convey online condolences to the family, please visit



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