Donald Richard LaFlam

Born: Mon., Nov. 12, 1934
Died: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018


3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Tue., Nov. 13, 2018
Location: Brandon Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Nov. 14, 2018
Location: Brandon Location

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The family of Donald R LaFlam is saddened to share the news of his passing. Donald died peacefully in his sleep at age 83 in his home in Brandon Vermont on November 8, 2018. Donald was born November 12, 1934, the son of Elise (Spooner) and Henry LaFlam. Donald was raised in Panton Vermont and graduated from Beeman Academy in 1952, the same year he married the love of his life, Audrey Guyette. They married on October 4 and honeymooned in Niagara Falls. Donald worked as a farmer, manufacturer and car salesman before owning LaFlam Motors in Middlebury Vermont. Donald and Audrey operated LaFlam motors from 1977-1998. From 2000-2008, Donald and Audrey operated the Wyndmere House, a bed and breakfast in Brandon Vermont. They were blessed with four loving children that they raised in Middlebury Vermont. Donald lived a full and active life. He and Audrey were known for their passion for puzzles, antiques, old cars, cribbage, square dancing and good stiff drinks. Donald loved apple pie, Thanksgiving dinner, his wife’s homemade soup, and chocolate bittersweet cookies. The family fondly remembers Donald spending time at family dinners and birthdays, sugaring in Salisbury, stopping at every tag sale and telling a good story. Donald was a fervent Yankees fan and was able to travel to Yankee Stadium in 2008 to see a final game in the House that Ruth Built before the new stadium was constructed. He was a devoted husband, loving father, proud grandfather and even prouder great grandfather.


Donald is survived by his wife Audrey of 66 years. He is survived by his brother Robert LaFlam of Florida and his wife Barbara. He is also survived by his son Donald Jr. and his wife Michele (Dowling), his daughter Debra Tobin and her husband Peter, Anastasia Cassidy-Knight and her husband Steve and Thaddeus and his wife Laura (Burnham). Surviving grandchildren include Elizabeth (Tobin) Eddy and her husband Kevin, Ryan Cassidy and his wife Johnnie (Galbicsek), Jennifer LaFlam, Jason Laflam, Cathleen (Tobin) Brustuen and her husband Leif , Josh LaFlam, Kyle Cassidy, Cody Burnham and his fiancé Amanda Blaisdell, and Misty Burnham. Surviving great grandchildren include Parker Eddy, Aiden Gibbud, Bennett Eddy, and Ezmay Burnham.


The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at 11 AM, at the Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon. The Rev. Maurice Moreau, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church will officiate. A private graveside committal service and burial will take place at a later date, in the family lot, at West Side Cemetery in Salisbury.


Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 13, from 3-5 PM.


Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to; the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763.



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