Spears Funeral Home
Howard "Buzzy" Leach
(May 10, 1932 - June 6, 2012)
ENOSBURG FALLS – Howard L. “Buzzy” Leach Sr., age 80, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington with his family at his side.
He was born May 10, 1932 in Enosburg Falls the son of the late Howard R. & Dorothy (Larabee) Leach.
Buzzy was a lifelong resident of Enosburg Falls and was a 1952 graduate of Enosburg Falls High School. He entered the U.S. Army serving from March of 1954 to December of 1955. Following his honorable discharge he went to work on his father’s farm which he eventually bought and farmed for many years. After Buzzy sold the cows he ran the existing dump on the farm and began in earnest to develop the gravel pit that is still being operated by his son, Hank.
Buzzy had varied interests included his fishing trips to Quebec with his family and friends and has many large trophy brook trout mounted to show for their efforts. He also loved and collected old tractors and on his 60th birthday the boys got all four running the oldest being a 1927 John Deere. He was interested in coin collecting as well as collecting clocks until he ran out of wall space for them. He experienced his long awaited trip of a lifetime to Alaska and loved every one of the more than 10 thousand miles traveled. In 1975 he built his “Cabin in the woods” using trees from the spot where he developed the pond which was where the old railroad spring was that was also the original Enosburg Village water supply. Buzzy spent many hours at the cabin and pond feeding the trout and enjoying the quiet.
He is survived by his wife, Louise (Blouin) Leach of Enosburg Falls; his sister, Charlotte Donlon of Enosburg Falls; his son, Howard L. “Hank” Leach Jr. of Enosburg Falls and his children Leanne her partner Eric Jette and their son Noah, Alyson, Matthew & Jake Leach; his daughter, Dorothy Childs her husband Jim of Montgomery and her children Hannah and her daughter Lexie, Hartley & Charlotte Hartman; his son, Patrick Leach of Enosburg Falls; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Buzzy was predeceased by his son, Jacob W. Leach on November 25, 1995; his grandson, Joshua H. Leach on September 7, 1996; his sister, Sabra Michel and her husband Anthony “Tony”; and his brother-in-law, Lawrence “Buster” Donlon.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls with Pastor Jon Bly officiating. Interment will follow in the Sheldon Village Cemetery. In keeping with Buzzy’s wishes there will be no visiting hours.
For those who wish, contributions in Buzzy’s memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Sportsman Club – Youth Programs, P.O. Box 636, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.