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2002 Obituaries

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Timothy Daniel O'Rourke
Captain Anthony Palermo, USA, 4/6/2007


Timothy Daniel O'Rourke

Timothy Daniel O'Rourke, 53, of Montpelier, died of a sudden illness in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, while attending a conference with his pastor. As a member of the Christian faith, he worked passionately to bring the Word of God to the world. His mantra was "I am going to Heaven and I want to bring as many people with me as I can!" His musical mission work was full of joy and spirit. All of those who knew him will cherish the memories of him singing and playing his guitar at the Boy's Weekend events, family reunions, and church services. The image of him, eyes closed, head back singing on the porch in the sunshine will last in our hearts and minds forever.

He was born to Stephanie and James O'Rourke of Essex Junction, Vt., on October 24, 1958. At a very early age, his enthusiasm for creating his own businesses and working in his community was apparent. Whether selling popsicles on his bicycle at age 12 or serving as a page in the Legislature, his beaming smile, bright blue eyes, mischievous spirit and lilt in his step gave joy to everyone he met. He graduated from Essex High School in 1976, Vermont Technical College in 1981, and Vermont College in 2002. He made friends everywhere he went. He worked endlessly to help those less fortunate than himself. He saw possibilities where others saw nothing. His skills were so many: architecture, carpentry, counseling, music, preaching - but greater than any of these was his gift to us as a loving father, husband, brother, friend and son. He may have left this world, but his generous spirit will live on in the hearts of many.

Tim is survived by his greatest loves: his wife of 25 years, Kathy Clairmont O'Rourke; his children, Adrienne and Isaac; his parents; and his sisters: Jennifer O'Rourke Lavoie, and her husband, Jim, and their children, Sydney and Avery, and Meghan O'Rourke and her husband, Dylan Zeitlyn, and their children, Solomon and Sylvan.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church, St. Paul Street, Montpelier, Vt., on Sunday, January 22, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements are by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Road in Burlington. Online condolences may be made to www.readyfuneral.com. Donations will be accepted in Tim's honor to his children's life fund, payable to A & I O'Rourke, c/o Merchants Bank, 1014 North Avenue, Burlington, VT 05408.


Captain Anthony Palermo, USA

Captain Anthony Palermo, USA was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq on April 6, 2007, when an IED exploded near the vehicle in which he was riding. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brockton, Mass., the four-year cadet was active in Army ROTC and Mountain & Cold Weather Rescue.

After leaving Norwich in his senior year, Anthony attended Brdigewater (Mass.) Sate College, graduating with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was commissioned in May 2003 and was attached to the 3rd Infantry Division, stationed in Wurzburg, Germany. At the time of his death he was on his second deployment to Iraq. Anthony's wife, CPT Kristin Pine '03, an MP officer stationed in Wurzburg, was expecting their first child in late April.

He is survived by his wife, Kristin; his son, Anthony Marcus; his mother, Mara Melendez; step-father, Johnny Melendez; a sister, Lisanette Palermo; and a brother, Johnny Melendez.


   

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