Rodney Deblois

Mar 11, 2019
Rodney Deblois

Brandon, Fla. — Rodney Deblois, born Oct. 24, 1930, passed away peacefully Feb. 27, 2019.

Rodney was born in Barre, Vt., to parents Rosario and Alma Deblois. He graduated from Spaulding High School in 1948 and joined the Air Force in 1950, proudly serving in San Antonio. He returned on leave to marry his sweetheart in 1952, Shirley Deblois, of Michigan. They both returned to Randolph Field in San Antonio to start their life together. After discharge in 1954, Rodney and Shirley moved to Barre, Vt., working for his father at Deblois and Son Paint Store. Mechanically inclined, his first purchase, repair and resale of a 1931 model A Ford Roadster was at the age of 10. He became the owner of the Exxon station in Barre from 1960 until 1972. Deciding to move south, they then resided in Ruskin, Fla. They purchased a marina, which he ran from 1972 until 1978.

Rodney and Shirley loved Maine, and together they built a cottage in Tenants Harbor, spending their summers there. In 1998, they moved to Spruce Head; they loved dearly the Maine life and all their dear friends and adopted family, Doug, Laura, Shawn and Thomas McLennan. Leaving to move back to Florida in 2009 because of health concerns, they  always missed Maine where their hearts were. He left a legacy to his daughter and granddaughters to always work hard, to move forward and cherish life and its many adventures. As he said the last week of his life, “I loved life.” Dad and Mom lived it full of adventure and love of family and friends.

Rodney was predeceased Nov. 7, /2017, by his beloved wife of 65 years, Shirley. Survivors are daughter Vicki Scholer and husband Mike; granddaughter India Clark and her daughter from Hawaii, and granddaughter Jaurien Birmingham and her daughter from Georgia; and sister Drue Pratt of Barre, Vt.

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