David (Dave) Charles Quesnel
Dave Quesnel died on March 22, 2022 after a courageous battle with early on-set Alzheimer’s Disease. He is pre-deceased by his parents John Louis Quesnel and Anita Berger Quesnel of Barefoot Bay, FL. Dave is survived by his sister Linda Mathews and her husband Matt of Riverview, FL, his wife Kathleen (Kathy) Rawson Quesnel of nearly 33 years, his daughter Laura Quesnel Byrne (and husband Jim Krebs) of Towson, MD, his son Doug Quesnel (and wife Dee) of Huntington, VT. Two step-children: Dr. Rebecca Joyce (and Dr. Stephen) of Richmond, VT and Christopher Moultroup (and Melissa) of Weare, NH. Six Grandchildren: Skylar Quesnel, Leo, Augustine and Rose Joyce, and Belle and Reed Moultroup. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews, and close family and friends in VT, MD, NH, FL, PA & UT.
Dave was born on January 13, 1950 in Burlington, VT. He graduated from Vergennes Union High School in 1968 and attended Johnson State College. Dave began an extensive career (32 ½ years) at Goodrich Corporation aka Simmonds Precision in 1985 located in Vergennes, VT. Dave had a strong passion for working with people, providing excellent customer service, and executing timely and efficient results.
Shortly after September 11, 2001 Dave left Goodrich Corporation. He later utilized his extensive facility management experience in working for Aquilent, Inc, which specialized in web design and development for the Federal Government and other Agencies in the DC area. Dave retired from Aquilent and the family relocated back to Vermont in July 2015.
Dave loved Sports! He was an avid New York Yankees Fan and looked forward to their Spring Training and seasonal baseball games. He also enjoyed Football (NY Giants) and Professional Golf. Dave was a great chef, and his delicious meals were thoroughly enjoyed on several occasions by his family and friends. He also loved and trained the family Golden Retrievers.
One of Dave’s biggest lifetime accomplishments with his son Doug and best friends John Quesnel and Kevin Brooks was his hand-hewn built log cabin located in Westford, VT. The cabin was constructed with only a chain saw and a desire to build a getaway camp on a piece of Kathy’s family land – 40 acres and a 20 minute walk from the header to the Cabin. Dave wrote about the construction of his rustic Cabin and then delivered a presentation on “How to Build A Log Cabin” to the staff and “Project” attendees at Middlebury’s Elderly Services in July 2019, one year following his unexpected Alzheimer’s Diagnosis.
Dave was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a deep appreciation of music gleaned from his mother and grandmother, Skilled on piano, guitar and trumpet, he passed his passion for music on to his daughter Laura, who is an accomplished professional flutist of classical and Irish traditional music.
Visiting Hours for Dave will be held on Tuesday, March 29 from 6-8 PM at the Brown-McClay Funeral Home, 48 South Maple Street, Vergennes VT 05491. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, March 30 at 1:00 PM at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 85 S Maple Street, Vergennes, VT 05491. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Research Fund. A Private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. To send online condolences to his family please visit www.brownmcclayfuneralhomes.com
When I came from the NJ location to the Vergennes location, I was not received or welcomed for many of the employees at Vergennes. You were only one of the few who accepted & welcomed me. I will never forget your kindness. You are & were a great person. I will never forget you! You are totally one of the good people on this planet. Thank you my friend . RIP – Love You!!
Mark, thanks so much for your kind and thoughtful message. We are thrilled to know that Dave made a difference in your life. Now, it’s our time to take what we learned and give it to others to make the world a better place. One person at a time.
Kathy and Family, I was sorry to hear of Dave’s passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Randy, thank you. Prayers and the gifts of friendship are carrying all of us through this very difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I remember him well from working together at Aquilent. He was such a nice person.
Thank you Kathy. It’s been wonderful to hear from Dave’s colleagues at Aquilent. Yes, he truly enjoyed working with all of you.
Dave – my classmate from VUHS, my co-worker from Simmonds, my fellow waterfowler, a good friend, and a brother to my brother Kevin. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your Family Dave. You were brave and strong in life as you were in your final hours and will always be. Please Know you will always be in our thoughts, memories, and in our hearts.
Steve, Kathy, and Brooks Family.
Steve, what a beautiful tribute! Thanks so much for sharing. Many people did not know Dave the way your family did. Yes, he was confident and strong and endured so much pain and suffering at the end but now he’s in Heaven for that I am eternally grateful. Kevin was a true and loyal friend/brother to him and whenever we needed him to just come by and talk or bring “A Fresh Fish Fry” he and Arlene delivered. What a gift to both of us! You and your entire family will be in my heart forever. Dave treasured the memories he had with the Brooks Family.
Kathy we are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing .
Please accept our deepest sympathy’s.
Ivor and Brenda.
Ivor and Brenda, thanks for the thoughtful note and for being such great neighbors!
Sending our sincerest condolences to the Quesnal family from all your friends in Baltimore. Laura, you are especially in our thoughts today.
Ann, thanks so much for the thoughtful message. We love our friends in Baltimore! Laura’s remarks at the funeral were heartwarming and her tribute to her dad in playing “Lucky Day” on her flute brought tears to many. It was beautiful.
I have nothing but wonderful memories of working with Dave at Simmonds Precision. May his memory be a blessing.